Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published November 02 2012
Gaarder scores 3 in UND men's hockey victoryGRAND FORKS – Rocco Grimaldi saw Twitter this week.
“Added motivation,” the University of North Dakota forward said. “We all saw it.”
Boston University senior Ben Rosen posted a picture of barren land next to the Grand Forks airport and wrote that there’s “nothing out here but 4 points” on Thursday afternoon.
Rosen didn’t play on Friday night and the Terriers won’t have a shot at getting those points (two wins) after UND sophomore forward Connor Gaarder scored three goals to rally his team to a
4-2 win over Boston University in front of 11,589 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Grimaldi assisted on the game-winner and added an empty-netter as UND improved to 3-1-1 with an entertaining win over a traditional powerhouse team that hadn’t been in Grand Forks since December 1996.
“I just thought it was a good hockey game,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “It was close. It was hard-fought. There was a good pace to it. There was a lot of physical play. It was a hard-fought,
60-minute game. They’re a very good hockey team and they showed that tonight.
“I thought other than the first two or three shifts, we played a pretty solid hockey game.”
Gaarder scored twice in the second period, then broke a 2-2 tie with a five-on-three power-play goal at 4 minutes, 24 seconds of the third period. Grimaldi started the play flying up the right wing. He cut behind the net and threw a no-look pass to Gaarder, who was alone out front. Gaarder snapped the shot past the blocker of BU goalie Sean Maguire.
Moments earlier, Gaarder thought he broke a tie when he pounced on a rebound and put it five-hole on the goalie, but the referees ruled the play dead and waved off the goal. It was not reviewed.
UND continued to pour on the pressure during the third period, outshooting the Terriers 14-5 and eventually finishing off the victory, dropping BU to 3-2.
“It was a really exciting game, obviously,” said Boston University coach Jack Parker, who is in his 40th year at the helm. “There were a lot of great chances. I thought the penalties wore us down as the game progressed. When we got the five-minute major on the power play, I got the feeling that the calls might go the other way for them. We just had to kill too many penalties. The game-winning goal was on a five-on-three power play. They had other really good chances, too. I thought as the game progressed, we got a little tired.”
BU came out of an entertaining first period with a 1-0 lead on a goal by Danny O’Regan, who was alone on top of the crease, found a rebound of a point shot, took one step had an open net to shoot at.
FIRST PERIOD: 1, B, O’Regan (Grzelcyk, Nieto) 16:52.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, UND, Gaarder (MacMillan, O’Donnell) 1:11. 3, UND, Gaarder (Caggiula, Mattson) 7:08. 4, B, Oksanen (Privitera, Hohmann) 12:12 (pp).
THIRD PERIOD: 5, UND, Gaarder (Grimaldi, Kristo) 4:24 (pp). 6, UND, Grimaldi (Rowney, MacMillan) 19:39 (en).
SAVES: B, Maguire 12-7-12–31. UND, Saunders 9-6-5–20.
Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald