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December 5, 2010 11:17 PM

Sunday Pontifications

AHA Hockey

RIT 2 at American Int'l 6
Bentley 1 at Robert Morris 5
Connecticut 8 at Niagara 5
Holy Cross 6 at Air Force 7
Mercyhurst 2 at Sacred Heart 3


Rensselaer 6 at Brown 2
Clarkson 5 at Quinnipiac 3
Bowling Green 1 at Lake Superior 1 OT
Ferris State 1 at Michigan State 0 OT
Michigan 2 at Ohio State 1
Notre Dame 2 at Miami 5
Western Michigan 4 at Northern Michigan 4 OT

Hockey East

UMass Lowell 2 at Massachusetts 5
Maine 5 at Providence 0
Northeastern 2 at Merrimack 1
Boston University 2 at Boston College 5
UMass Lowell 2 at Massachusetts 5


Colorado College 5 at Michigan Tech 0
Denver 1 at Minnesota Duluth 2
Minnesota 1 at Minnesota State 2
St. Cloud State 2 at North Dakota 6
Nebraska-Omaha 1 at Bemidji State 3
Wisconsin 3 at Alaska Anchorage 1


Alab-Huntsville 2 at Cornell 2 OT
Colgate 3 at Army 0

Links to the Sioux and Huskies Series

My favorite Pseudo USCHO reporter [USCHO]

Sioux flatten Huskies [Saint Cloud Times]

WCHA in depth: Face shields gain support [Saint Cloud Times]

Men's hockey: Black sweater sweep [Grand Forks Herald]

North Dakota 6, St. Cloud State 2 [Saint Cloud Times]

Analysis - Wow! What a character win for the UND Fighting Sioux hockey team. With the sweep last night the Fighting Sioux get their first home sweep for the 2010-2011 season, their first at home since last March 5th and 6th against the Michigan Tech Huskies. What's more impressive is the fact the Sioux were playing minus two key first line players, Brett Hextall and Jason Gregoire, both are key top flight players that play on the power play and penalty kill. Maybe that's why the power play looked a little disjointed this weekend.

Since being swept by the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine the UND Fighting Sioux Hockey team has gone a respectable 8-3-1. Albeit, playing the toughest strength of schedule in college hockey to date. The Sioux have played series/games against nationally ranked opponents; Alaska 14th, (1-0-0), Maine 9th, (0-2-0), UMD 1st, (1-1-0), DU 10th, (1-1-0), Wisconsin 15th, (2-0-0), UNO 4th,  (1-1-0), Notre Dame 12th, (1-0-1), compiling a 7-5-1 record. The Fighting Sioux have an awesome record on Friday night's 7-1-1 (only loss was against Maine 7-3) and the Sioux wanted to get a sweep at home for the first time this season. Mission accomplished, with the win on Saturday night the Fighting Sioux evened their record to 4-4-1.

Stats - UND Fighting Sioux senior forward Matt Frattin is tied with Paul Zanette of Niagara for the national goal scoring lead with 15...  Frattin is also second behind Jason Zucker for the WCHA goal scoring title... The Denver Pioneers fans better enjoy their young player Jason Zucker because with the Wild struggling on offense and not having much of anything in the cupboard I could see Zucker getting signed by the Minnesota Wild after a couple of seasons. 

Aaron Dell is quickly becoming a very dependable starter between the pipes for the Fighting Sioux... Dell is leading the WCHA with a 1.82 goals against average. Some of that is a direct reflection of the Fighting Sioux being the top defensive team in the WCHA.   
Fighting Sioux are no goons

Contrary to public opinion, the Fighting Sioux not a bunch of blood thirsty knuckle dragging goons - currently the Fighting Sioux are the seventh penalized team in the WCHA only taking 12.8 minutes a game. The Sioux are also the top penalty killing team in the WCHA killing penalties at a rate of  90.7... On the other hand their power play is not so good ranked 7th in the WCHA scoring on 16.7 % of the power play opportunities.  

Updated - WCHA Standings

1. Minnesota-Duluth 9-2-1 - 12-2-2 19 PTS
2. North Dakota 9-3-0 - 11-5-2 18 PTS
3. Denver 8-3-1 - 11-5-2 17 PTS
4. Nebraska-Omaha 6-3-1 - 9-4-1 13 PTS
5. Minnesota 12 5-6-1 11 39-39 16 8-7-1 54-52
6. Colorado College 5-5-0 - 8-7-1 10 PTS
Minnesota State 4-6-2 - 6-6-4 10 PTS
Wisconsin 4-6-2 - 8-7-3 10 PTS
9. Alaska-Anchorage 4-7-1 - 5-9-2 9 PTS
Bemidji State 4-7-1 - 5-8-1 9 PTS
11. St. Cloud State 3-6-1 - 5-9-2 7 PTS
12. Michigan Tech 1-8-1 - 3-8-2 3 PTS

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