The Seawolves were hoping to get a foothold on the inside track to a home ice playoff bid but instead they were downed 6-1 in a game who's score both did and didn't reflect the quality of the play on the ice. UND fully deserved all the goals they scored. The Seawolves however probably deserved to have gotten a couple more. Dell came up real solid for UND on multiple scoring chances in the first period. And UND finished theirs.
No fault on Chris Kamal in the net. The first goal was exactly what Matt Frattin does. He scored a goal scorer's goal off a faceoff. Quality shot. Defensively the Seawolves didn't play their best game yet there were lots of noticeable quality efforts in their own zone by lots of different guys. But a couple of UND's other goals were also results of miscues in the defensive end by UAA players. So yeah, mixed bag.
The score comes down to executing scoring chances. Lots of other parts of the game were fairly evenly played. The Seawolves power plays looked dangerous for the most part. The penalty kill did a good job overall.
Craig Parkinson probably said it best during his 2nd period break interview when he said something like, "I don't know ... I guess it's just not our night." Sometimes it just isn't.
Going into Grand Forks the idea though was to come out of there with some points. There's still two points up for grab tomorrow. Tonight's game is exactly the sort of result that should generate some motivation to put together the sort of game that's needed to meet the goal.
The results from other games mostly favored the Seawolves in terms of the race for 5th. SCSU took a step up the ladder with a 8-2 win over Duluth to gain ground in the race. CC dropped a game to Mankato and Minnesota lost to DU. So CC and UAA are still tied for 6th with 20 points. Gophers are one back with 19 and SCSU now has 18. Mankato is now lurking with 16.
Let's hope the Seawolves can rally tomorrow night and get the 2 points they need. Go Seawolves!!!