Tigers Take a Bite out of UND

Eric Clausen, UND Athletics

Grand Forks, ND – There was much anticipation coming into tonight’s game. UND was riding a 6-0-1 mark in the last seven games that they had played in.

The Colorado College Tigers came into this game as a team going the opposite direction of UND. The Tigers were winless in 0-6-1 their last seven games and hadn’t won since the last time the two teams met on November 31, 2012.

Both teams would end their current streaks tonight.

After the game, Colorado College Tigers head coach Scott Owens seemed to down play his team’s rough stretch.

“Ours shoulders aren’t as slumped as you think they’d be,” Owens said.  “Despite our six or seven weeks, because we have played decent, we come to work every day with a smile on our face and work hard. It’s just nice for the kids to get rewarded a little bit. We’ve been bad some games and pretty good some games that we haven’t won either. So will take it as a positive, enjoy it for an hour and square ourselves away.”

On the other side of the ice UND Head coach Dave Hakstol wasn’t all that thrilled with his team’s effort tonight.

“Last time I checked it was a 60 minute hockey game for all of us,” Hakstol said.

Speaking of players enjoying hot steaks; senior forward Corban Knight came into tonight’s game smoking hot riding a 15 game scoring streak.

Despite the loss, Knight was able to extend that streak to 16 games, after he assisted UND’s first goal of the evening at the 09:33 mark of the first period.

Tonight, just wasn’t UND’s night as the Green and White would come out of the gates slow, and the Tigers would capitalize first, as they got on the board first with a wicked shot from Tiger forward Jordan DiGiando.  Digiando would take a pass from Peter Stoykewych and shot the puck past UND goalie Clarke Saunders. It looked as if Saunders never saw Digiando’s shot. Incidentally, speaking of streaks, that was the first goal of the season and the first goal of his career for the sophomore forward from Gahanna, OH.

UND would tie the score at 08:45 mark of the first period with an absolute snipe by Danny Kristo. Assisting on the goal, was Corban Knight and Dillon Simpson.

The Tigers would take the lead yet again at the 09:33 mark of the first period, with a goal from Archie Skalbeck. That would be all of the scoring for the first period. The Tigers outshoot UND 13-11.

Not only did UND lose the game tonight, but they would also suffer a heavy price when Tiger defenseman Mike Boivin would bury UND forward Drake Caggiula into the boards, with a vicious check from behind. For his efforts, Boivin was given a five minute major and a game misconduct. Caggiula would go down the tunnel and not return to the game.

After the game coach Hakstol was asked about the condition of his freshman forward Drake Caggiula.

“I don’t, I haven’t even talked to anyone on it,” Hakstol said. “ I just know that he was out for the night.

The second period saw both team exchange goals.

At the 13:29 mark for the second period, sophomore defenseman Nick Mattson would get his second goal of the year.  Rocco Grimaldi would take a shot from the point that was tipped by Carter Rowney in front of Joe Howe; the puck would trickle through Howe’s legs, where Nick Mattson would bury the puck behind Howe.

Tie game 2-2.

The Tigers would take a 3-2 lead with a power play goal by William Rapuzzi at the 19:22 mark on the power play. Assisting on the play was Rylan Schwartz and Eamonn McDermott.

The Tigers would again out shoot UND 11-8 in the second period.

At the 02:44 mark of the third period, UND would tie the game with a beautiful goal by sophomore forward Mark MacMillian. MacMillan would take a pass form senior defenseman Joe Gleason and race by the Tigers defense and cut out in front of the Tigers net and shoot the behind a sprawling Joe Howe.

The Tigers would again re-take the lead 4-3 with a goal from Jeff Collett at the 12:56 mark of the third period. UND was unable to get the equalizer as C.C. would win the game 4-3.

Originally posted at the Hockey Writers – Combine.

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