McKay, Miami Shut Down Kerdiles, Wisconsin
North Dakota Scores Two Late Goals to Win
CHN Staff Report
Ryan McKay, the reigning NCHC goalie of the week, turned in another stellar performance, stopping 30 shots to give Miami a 2-0 win over Wisconsin.
Wisconsin forward Nic Kerdiles saw his 18-game point-scoring streak, dating back to last season, come to an end.
Miami improved to 7-3-1, while Wisconsin dropped to 3-3-1.
After a scoreless first period, Miami’s Anthony Louis broke the tie midway through the second. After a break in the action, the teams set up for a faceoff in front of the Badger net. The puck squirted loose off the faceoff, with Miami’s Blake Coleman getting to it first. Coleman slipped it into the slot, where Louis sliced in and beat Peterson from straight-on to stake the RedHawks to a 1-0 lead.
That 1-0 lead would hold thanks to the play of McKay, who kept the Badgers off the board despite numerous golden opportunities. Of particular note were a pair of scoring chances by Mark Zengerle and Jake McCabe. Each player had a look at an open net, but neither could corral the puck off passes from their teammates.
Wisconsin had a last chance when Miami took a delay of game penalty with 26 seconds left in regulation. After pulling goalie Landon Peterson for an extra skater, Wisconsin won the faceoff, got it to the front of the net, but lost the scramble for the puck near the RedHawks' goal. Miami’s Austin Czarnik gained control and tallied the empty-net score from over 130 feet away.
North Dakota senior goalie Clarke Saunders has played for two colleges in his career, so there's not a whole lot that rattles him. Not even when Minnesota-Duluth scored two goals 20 seconds apart on him in the third period to turn a 2-0 North Dakota lead into a 2-2 tie with 13 minutes left to play in a game eventually won 4-2 by North Dakota.
"Everyone's human," Saunders said. "I went 'oh crap' for about 10 seconds. It happens. It happens in hockey. It happens in any sport. You've just got to shrug it off. I think the whole team did a really good job of that."
Nobody did the shrugging any better than UND sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz.
It was his interference penalty that Duluth turned into a goal by Alex Iafallo on the delayed penalty at 6:37 of the third period. Twenty seconds later, with Schmaltz in the penalty box, Bulldog captain Adam Krause knocked in a rebound to tie it at 6:57.
But then Schmaltz made a great play in the positive direction to win it for North Dakota, now 4-4-1 overall. Schmaltz, on a UND power play, held the puck in at the blue line to start the play. He then used a screen in front of Duluth goalie Aaron Crandall by UND center Drake Caggiula to beat Crandall blocker side with a wrist shot at 10:05 of the final period.
"I saw him (Crandall) down and there was kind of a screen in front," Schmaltz said. "I don't think he (Crandall) really saw it. I tried to put it high blocker, and fortunately it went in."
The game had an unusual twist when officials seemed to overturn their original call on a wraparound effort by UND's Michael Parks just 37 seconds into the third period.
The puck disappeared behind Crandall and Duluth defenseman Willie Corrin, who was lying in the net tangled with Crandall.
Officials looked at the replay, and came out of the replay box without making a call. At the same time, UND coaches had a look at the replay on the equipment outside the UND dressing room and saw the puck clearly in the net.
Referees CJ Beaurline and Derek Shepherd spent nearly 10 minutes looking a the replay before awarding the goal to Parks, his third of the year for a 2-0 UND lead.
"They (officials) were patient in going back and looking for the video," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "I'm not sure it was available right away. Bottom line, you want to get the call right — and that was the right call."
— Virg Foss
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Josh Archibald scored a highlight-reel goal in the third period to give Nebraska-Omaha a 3-2 upset win over Michigan at the CenturyLink Center.
The Wolverines lost for just the second time this season, falling to 6-2-1.
From the right wing in his own zone, Brock Montpetit threw a rink-wide pass to Archibald who was in full stride up the boards. He blew around a Michigan defenseman, cut across the slot and buried a wrist shot for his team-leading ninth goal of the year.
It also was his team-leading third game-winning goal for Archibald, who recently had OT winners on back-to-back nights.
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Denver rallied from an early 2-0 deficit with four goals in the second period as it defeated Western Michigan 5-3.
Freshman Trevor Moore scored twice for the Pioneers, the first two goals of his college career.
With the victory, Denver improves to 5-5-1 overall (2-2-1-1 NCHC), while Western Michigan falls to 3-4-2 (2-1-0-0).
“I really liked the way we played in the third (period),” Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. “We didn’t sit back, we pressured pucks. Trevor got his second goal to extend it to a two-goal lead because we were pressuring pucks in the neutral zone which is a sign of us developing and maturing as a team.”