The Sioux bounced back from their rougher night on Friday to decisively capture victory over Alaska-Fairbanks, winning 3-1. The win is important from a couple standpoints, in that it showed the Sioux players are capable of putting a rougher night behind them and bouncing back, and it also is important in terms of non-conference wins, which will affect pairwise later in the season. (too early for pairwise mention?)
Last night, the Sioux defense really tightened up, holding Fairbanks to 5 shots on goal through two periods, which is just ridiculous. So far, Derek Forbort is showing his skill and ability, netting an assist on every goal last night. Gregoire is playing very well thus far, and Trupper was involved as well, getting two assists last night. A hard-hitting game in which the Sioux did the right things and won seemed like, well, Sioux hockey. Another thing to point out is that the Sioux special teams have done quite well, scoring 4 power-play goals on the weekend.
In other WCHA news, DU earned a tie with Vermont 1 all, Minnesota held off a rally by the Minutemen of UMass and won 5-4, sweeping the series. St. Cloud split the series with woeful Clarkson, losing 6-2 last night. RPI and CC tied at 2 down in the Springs, Nebraska-Omaha beat RIT 5-3, and UAA beat Air Force 3-2. Mankato tied St. Lawrence 1-1, Michigan Tech beat Lake Superior State 6-2, and Minnesota-Duluth beat Northern Michigan 3-2. Wisconsin takes on Holy Cross in St. Louis today.
Powerhouse Boston College beat Northeastern 2-0 last night, Maine tied with UConn 3-3, and Michigan beat Bowling Green 4-2. New Hampshire beat perennial powerhouse Miami of Ohio 6-3.
Up next: opening Bemidji's new arena.