Last night’s game was very exciting and UAA gave UND one heck of a fight. After the game UAA head coach Dave Shyiak was pleased with his team’s effort and thought it was their best game of the season.
“It was probably our best 65 minutes of the year,” Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak said. “It was a hard-earned tie. It was a great hockey game. What we learned as a hockey team tonight is how we have to play. I thought we pressured the puck. I thought we got good goaltending. And I thought we got contributions from everybody.
“I’m proud of the way we played for 65 minutes against one of the best teams in the country. The lesson is that we have to continue to do that no matter who we’re playing. If we even that out the rest of the year, we’re going to win more games than we lose.”
UND head Coach Dave Hakstol thought his team took a while to get into the game…
“I thought it took us 20 to 30 minutes to work our way in,” Hakstol said. “It wasn’t pretty – we we did work our way in – the were tenacious I thought, throughout the 60 minutes and we gave the lead away in the third period – which put us in a pretty tough spot and we found a way to come back and salvage a point. That’s a positive.”
Corban Knight (36g-63a—99pts) is sitting one point away from surpassing the 100 point mark for his career. Knight has two goals this season.
Every time that Rocco Grimaldi touched the puck last night the crowd was on the edge of their seat and when he broke in on the UAA goal half way through the O.T. period, there wasn’t a fan that wasn’t on their feet. The Ralph was loud, electric and full of positive energy.
In my opinion, Rocco Grimlaldi is one of the most dynamic and probably one of the fastest forwards that I have seen play for UND for a very long time. Rocco is the real deal, a game changer and he is going to turn a lot of heads this season. Grimaldi may be one of the fastest players – maybe – since the Smurfs of the Dean Blais era.
I still think we need a name for the flashy forward Rocco Grimaldi… I have seen a few people refer to him as Holy Rocco, on twitter and in the chats. Personally, I still like the Minister of Offense… I especially liked his version of the Tebow after he scored his goal last night. I like most fans, hope I see that a lot this season. As a Christian, I also have no issues with guys thanking their god after they score a goal.
Here are some of the stories of interest today.
Here is what I had to say about the game. [click to view]
Here is the gamer from the Grand Forks Herald. [click to view]
UND Sports’ view of the game. [click to view]
USCHO and their take on the game. [click to view]