Review preserves tie between UND, Denver
GRAND FORKS -- With three seconds left in overtime, Quentin Shore wound up and launched a wrist shot toward the corner of the net. The water bottle flew. Referee Nick Krebsbach signaled a goal. The Denver players celebrated. Only the puck never w...
GRAND FORKS - With three seconds left in overtime, Quentin Shore wound up and launched a wrist shot toward the corner of the net.
The water bottle flew. Referee Nick Krebsbach signaled a goal. The Denver players celebrated.
Only the puck never went in the net.
After a review and an overrule, the sold out crowd in Ralph Engelstad Arena exhaled and the University of North Dakota managed a 3-3 tie against the University of Denver in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference series finale.
North Dakota let a two-goal, third-period lead slip away and was unable to close out its first sweep of the Pioneers in seven years, but it did manage to end the weekend atop the league standings along with Nebraska Omaha and Miami.
“We had an opportunity to get two more points tonight,” said UND coach Dave Hakstol, whose team moved to 0-2 in shootouts this season. “We got the one, but I think that’s probably the prevailing mentality in our locker room right now is that we had a chance to close out those two extra points and we didn’t do that.”
Keaton Thompson and Nick Mattson scored power-play goals on a five-minute major in the first period and Drake Caggiula scored a highlight-reel goal in the second, but the Pioneers managed to rally behind sophomore forward Trevor Moore.
Moore, who was whistled for the major in the first period, scored a pair of goals – including the game-tying goal with 10:57 to go in the third - and was the lone player to score in the shootout.
“It’s obviously disappointing going into the third with a two-goal lead,” UND captain Stephane Pattyn said. “They came out hard. We knew they would. Coming in our barn, you’ve got a 20-minute game to play and you’re down by two, you’re going to give it your all. We didn’t take care of pucks early in the third and it came back to bite us.”
UND moved to 20-6-3 and 11-5-2 in NCHC play with three weeks remaining in the regular season. UND travels to Western Michigan next weekend, then comes home to take on St. Cloud State and closes at Miami.
Omaha finishes with St. Cloud State, Minnesota Duluth and Colorado College. Miami finishes with Minnesota Duluth, Denver and UND.
“I think that’s what’s expected out of this league,” Pattyn said.
The game got off to a good start for UND.
Moore was called for a clipping major with 5:16 left in the first period and UND capitalized twice on the power play. Thompson fired home a pass from Nick Schmaltz at 15:26 for his first goal of the year and Mattson found a rebound off the end wall just 27 seconds later to make it 2-0.
Moore cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second, finishing off a brilliant pass from reigning NCHC defensive player of the year Joey LaLeggia. But UND quickly regained that two-goal margin when Caggiula split two defensemen, corralled the puck with one hand and snapped a shot five-hole as he was hauled to the ice.
Denver made it 3-2 at 3:40 of the third when Tariq Hammond launched a point shot off the post and in.
UND thought it extended the lead to 4-2 when Brendan O’Donnell buried a shot during a scramble, but the officials ruled no goal, saying that they intended to blow the whistle.
Soon after that, Denver tied it when Moore snapped a shot short side on Zane McIntyre (34 saves) from the goal line.
“We want to keep playing like that start we had Friday night,” Pattyn said. “If we can play 60 minutes like that, we’re going to be a tough team to beat. There was a lot of learning this weekend. There are things we can look at and work to get better.”
And Hakstol said there won’t be a lot of standings-watching.
“There’s a long road ahead of us,” he said. “We go to Western Michigan next week and we have to get our mindset ready and we have to go out and do a good job on the road.”