Seal of the University of North Dakota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Grand Forks, ND – Earlier this week, Ben
Rosen tweeted upon arriving in Grand Forks, “just landed in North Dakota…
nothing out here but 4 points.” That’s
not going to happen because UND took game one from the Terriers 4-2.
After the game Rocco Grimaldi was
asked about the tweet in question.
“I don’t know, I guess they can say
what they want, Grimaldi said. “Obviously,
it’s a little added motivation, I know I retweeted it because it’s something that
I look at – we all saw it – we want four points – so obviously I wouldn’t want
any of our guys on our team saying that. That’s what social media does, you can
say things you want and get blasted for it and I know how that goes, it’s not
that big of deal and he can say what he wants I guess that’s fine.”
It had been a long time since the
University of North Dakota had last played BU in Grand Forks.
How long you
time the two teams played a series at the “old” Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand
Forks; Chris Drury was a member of the Boston University Terriers (December 26th
& 27th, 1996).
UND would go
on to win 6-4 and tie 2-2 against the Terriers in an exciting two game series. The two teams would play again during the
final game of the 1997 NCAA Frozen Four where UND would again win 6-4.
1996-1997 season UND has a 3-2-1 record against the Terriers.
4-2-1 after UND’s win tonight.
fifteen year period, UND and BU played to some great games along the way and
tonight was no different, as the game was a hard fought contest from start to
University came out of the gate pretty hard and took the play to UND and got a
lot of chances early. The Terriers took an early lead on goal by Danny O’Reagan
at the 16:52 mark of the first period.
goalie Clarke Saunders would keep UND in the game as BU was pressing and he
made some big saves when UND needed him to early in the game.
coughing up an early lead, sophomore walk-on forward Connor Gaarder would go on
a tear as he started the scoring for UND early in the second period at the
wasn’t done – he scored two more goals – one more in the second period and then
added the game winning goal in the third period after BU freshman Ahti OIksanen
(Kirkhonummi, Finland) had tied game in the second period on the power play
with a goal while UND was killing a five minute power play.
That was all the scoring that the Terriers would
get as the UND forward kept the Terriers pinned in their own end.
If you had
over looked or are unfamiliar with Connor Gaarder, he is a walk-on player that committed
to UND after J.T. Miller de-committed from the University of North Dakota
during the 2011 summer. Last season, Gaarder played in 33 games for UND and scored
(4g-6a—10pts). This season, Gaarder is
off to a great start and is second on the team in points with (3g-2a—5pts).
postgame press conference, Connor Gaarder came out holding onto a Vancouver
Canucks hat that was thrown on the ice by one of the 11, 589 fans after the
scored his third goal of the game.
“I got my
pick of one hat, so I got that here and I will see if I like any others,”
Gaarder said. “I got this for Knighter [Corbin Knight], I probably give that to
Knighter… he is a big Canucks fan.”
This was Connor
Gaarder’s take on getting a hat trick in tonight’s game.
good,” Gaarder said. “BU is a great team, nice to get the win tonight, it was a
big battle and were looking forward to tomorrow night and we’re going to have
to match the intensity.”
coach Dave Hakstol was impressed with his walk-on’s effort tonight.
“He’s a good
hockey player,” Hakstol said. “He goes
to those hard areas – he’s not the only one that played a good hockey game
tonight – but obviously he was a key player – that’s the type of player he is,
he’s just a hockey player – he’s a gritty kid that goes to those greasy areas.
Coming off of probably not his best game Saturday night he had a good week of
practice and he carried it over to a good game tonight.”
dodged a bullet when they had to kill a five minute major penalty that lead to
BU’s power play goal. Head coach Dave Hakstol said that he was pleased that
they only gave up one goal on the five minute major to Captain Andrew MacWilliam.
coach Jack Parker thought that his team took too many penalties and it wore
exciting game obviously,” Parker said. “There was a lot of great chances. I thought
the penalties wore us down as the game progressed. We got the five minute major
on the power play and I got the feeling some of the calls might go the other
way for them once they gave us a five minute major. I thought we just had to
kill too many penalties the game winning goal was on a five on three; they had
other really good chances though too. I thought as the game progress we got a
little tired, it seemed to me a couple of time we killed penalties on them,
just as the penalty was over we got our fifth on the ice or sixth skater on the
ice and we never got out of the zone for another thirty seconds or forty
seconds we really struggled with that so we made a couple of mistakes with the
pucks that kept them alive and kept them alive and that kind of just wore us
out. We didn’t generate much offense the second half of the game.”
The same two
teams play tonight, but only one team has a chance at “4” points.