10/17 Game Notes (BC/UND & UW/SCSU)
I caught both games on TV tonight so here's my "observations" (in brief)...
BC vs. UND: A game that was much anticipated and what a game it was! Both excellent offensive teams who possess alot of fire power. UND was slow out of the gate in the first with defensive lapses and getting into penalty trouble early. The Eagles made UND pay dearly for their early mistakes. Junior Dman Greg Luze opened the scoring for BC on the PP at the 10:11 mark. A redirected point shot through traffic that UND goalie Jordan Parise couldn't save. In the 1st period, BC made excellent use of their team speed, particularly on the forecheck. Big Brian Boyle (LA) made 2-0 on a 5-on-3 PP on a great feed by Ben Eaves (PIT). Kings fans will love Boyle. He possesses some great hands and has good hockey sense. However, he needs to make better use of his 6'7 frame, particularly when he's in front of the opposition's net.
The 2nd period got off to a horrid start for the Fighting Sioux as BC scored their 3rd goal scored by Ben Eaves, who poked in a great cross-crease pass from Tony Voce that came at the 36 second mark of the period.
Later in the period, UND went to work.
At the 11:11 mark, junior Quinn Fylling got UND on the board off of a great pass from Dman Andy Schneider (PIT) by putting the puck past a screened Matti Kaltiainen (BOS) to cut BC's lead to 2.
Later in the period, Dman Matt Greene (EDM) absolutely levelled Patrick Eaves with a punishing check that got the Engelstad Arena crowd roaring.
At the 15:59 mark, Brandon Bochenski (OTT) would score the first of his 3 goals on the night. This one however, was very controversial and BC vehemently argued it. Schneider shot a rocket toward the BC net that deflected into the net courtesy of Bochenski's skate. The replay should that Bochenski did have the puck deflect off of his skate blade, but it was not ruled a distinct kicking motion, so it stood.
Only 26 seconds later, BC would answer with a goal by J. D. Forrest. Who received a terrific pass from Ben Eaves. Forrest, who played in his first game of the season was out earlier due to academic reasons.
In the 3rd, UND got their perennial act together and the period belonged to them, as they exploded for 4 unanswered goals in the final frame. The onslaught began at the 29 second mark, when Schneider got his lone goal of the night received a terrific pass from Freshman Drew Stafford, who showed tremendous patience with the puck by waiting until Schneider snuck in behind the Eagles players to make the pass for Schneider's one-timer past an out of position Kaltiainen.
At the 2:08 mark, Bochenski scored his 2nd goal of the night, on a shot that rocketed over Kaltiaienen's shoulder.
At 4:14 Drew Stafford, who had an excellent night for UND, scored with a 4-on-4 situation and put UND ahead for good. Bochenski would complete the Hat Trick at the 6:37 mark off of a terrific feed from Zach Parise (NJ) then flipped it past Kaltiainen for UND's 6th goal.
Jordan Parise (Zach's younger brother) was outstanding in this game got the win. He showed tremendous composure for a young Golatender.
What won UND the game was the getting back to UND hockey for UND. They won the battles for the loose pucks in the 3rd and dominated in faceoffs in the 2nd half of the game.
Bochenski (OTT) was one of several players who I was very impressed with. He's a pure-goal scorer type, who possesses unbelievable speed together with great hands and when called upon can make some very good defensive plays such as shot-block when BC was on a 5-on-3 PP.
Ben Eaves (PIT) along with Andy Schneider (PIT) were IMHO the best players on the ice. Both not only had good nights on the score sheet but they made things happen for their teammates as well. Both players led their teams by example. While Schneider made some bad mistakes early on in the game, he more than made up for it later. Both Eaves and Schneider are excellent skaters and passers. While Eaves is a Centre and Schneider is a Dman, their games in some ways were quite similar. Pens fans would've enjoyed watching these two play tonight.
While Zach Parise was quiet much of the night, his great play, determination and hard work didn't go unnoticed. It was questionable that Parise would play tonight due to a bad knee. At times it did show in skating, but it didn't daunt his intensity nor his work ethic during the entire game.
Wisconsin vs. St. Cloud State: Not quite as entertaining and wide-open as the BC/UND, but it was nonetheless a very good WCHA matchup to watch. This game featured only 3 goals, but it was all about turnovers and odd-man rushes. Both teams made many attempts to capitalise on each other mistakes, but in the end only 3 goals got in.
The first score of the game didn't occur until the 19:05 mark of the 1st period when Freshman forward Nate Radun put SCSU up 1-0 on a great behind the net pass from fellow freshman Konrad Reeder.
It wasn't until the 9:21 mark of the 2nd that Wisconsin would get on the board. Freshman Forward Jake Dowell, who had an outstanding night for the Badgers, tied up the game on a deflection off of a screaming point shot by senior Rene Bourque.
Things began to get chippy later in the 2nd when SCSU Dman Tim Conboy (SJ) and Dowell we're roughing each other up along the boards, and almost looked like the two were actually going to fight. Instead, both were assessed 2 miute roughing minors.
SCSU would get the last goal of the game at the 1:31 mark of the 3rd by Dave Iannazzo, off of a rebound that looked to have hit a player's skater in the traffic in front of Wisconsin netminder Bernd Bruckler (PHI). When the final buzzer sounded to end the game, two NHL prospects: SCSU's Matt Hendricks (NSH) and Wisconsin's Ryan MacMurchy (STL) decided to give each other a few parting shots before heading off that got everyone on the ice going before it was quickly controlled by the men in the zebra stripes.
Wisconsin netminder Bernd Bruckler struggled all evening despite making some good saves. Far too often he drop down to early and end up either having a shot sail above him labelled for the top corner of the net and/or committed too early and being out of position for shots from either the faceoff circle or points on the blueline. SCSU goalie Jason Montgomery, who posseses a wicked glove, faired better but his inexperience was evident. He should get better as the season progresses.
The Badgers top line of Robbie Earl-Andrew Joudrey (WSH)-Ryan MacMurchy, while they didn't get on the score sheet, it was not due to a lack of trying. Despite not being able to score, they once again created havoc for the opposition's defence with great plays that just couldn't finish. All 3 players work very well together and it shows, however this line should be clicking more and more often as the season progresses.
Wisconsin Dman, Ryan Suter (NSH) once again showed his terrific defensive talents as well as his exceptional passing skills.
SCSU Dman Tom Conboy (SJ) was one nasty player out there tonight. He's punishing, a hard checker but needs to work on not taking the occasional dumb penalty. If Sharks fans like their Dmen rough and tough, they'll like Conboy.
SCSU forward Brock Hooton (OTT) was a pleasant surprise. He possesses excellent speed and hands coupled with a good transitional game and defensive side.
Thanks, keep up the great work.:)
I'm sure we would have, I've heard lots of good things about both.
I watched both games as well. I though Eaves was very good. Strafford looked solid. Parise didn't do much, IMO. But to be fair, I flipped back and forth. There were about 4 NCAA games on, and I was watching a little of everything.
Didn't watch too much of the SCSU though.
Friday night was the best game I've seen Quinn Fylling play for the Sioux. He was, quite simply, the best player on the ice for either team. Every shift he did something to try to spark his team. Even in a lackluster 1st period, he was flying around the ice.
Parise's magic is the kind where you have to watch just him, not the puck, to see how truely great he is. He checks well, he's stronger than hell on his skates for a small-ish player, and he's easily the smartest player in the WCHA. He should be a very good NHLer in 2 years.
Because I was at the UND/BC games, I didn't get to see the SCSU games. Thanks for the reports!
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