Sioux Get 1-0 Shutout at WisconsinUND Kills 18 Penalty Minutes in Dell's Second Career Shutout
By: Jayson Hajdu, UND
MADISON, Wis. - Receiving 40 minutes in penalties, including two majors resulting in game misconducts, isn't typically part of a winning formula on the road in the WCHA. Outstanding penalty killing, steady goaltending and timely scoring, however, are.
Tenth-ranked North Dakota used all three in a hard-earned 1-0 victory over host and 13th-ranked Wisconsin Friday night in front of 13,601 at the Kohl Center.
The Sioux were forced to kill 18 minutes of Wisconsin power-play time, most notably a pair of 5-minute majors assessed to right wingers Joe Gleason (checking from behind) and Brett Hextall (contact to the head). Gleason's came on his first shift of the game, just 2:43 into the opening period, while Hextall's occurred in the final four minutes of the second period, leaving UND with just 10 forwards for the final 23:06.
But UND managed to kill all six Badger power-plays, thwarting the WCHA's top-ranked unit that came into the game clicking at better than 30 percent. Despite the frequent shorthanded situations, the Sioux yielded just 16 shots on goal. UW managed only five power-play shots on goal and went without a shot on the major to Gleason.
UND's penalty killing kept the game scoreless long enough for junior left winger Jason Gregoire (Winnipeg, Manitoba) to score the game's only goal, a 4-on-4 effort with just 5:31 remaining. Gregoire grabbed the puck off the side boards just inside the Badger blueline, beat defenseman Justin Schultz to the front of the net and lifted a shot high glove side past UW goalie Scott Gudmandson.
Perhaps fittingly, UND was forced to kill one final UW power-play, an interference minor to Ben Blood (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.), inside the final three minutes to secure the win.
"That's a pretty gutsy effort by the guys," Sioux captain Chay Genoway (Sr., Morden, Manitoba) said. "They've (Badgers) got a dangerous power-play. We blocked a lot of shots and did a lot of the little things."
UND's penalty killing unit has now killed 18 of the last 19 opponent man advantages, including three full majors.
"We take a lot of pride in our ‘PK,'" Gregoire said. "When we kill a lot of penalties like that, we gain a lot of momentum. We thrive on that."
The Sioux also received superb goaltending from sophomore Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta). Making his third straight start, Dell kicked aside all 16 shots he faced for his second career shutout, both of which have been 16-save efforts on the road. His kick save through traffic off of Justin Schultz midway through the third period may have been his best.
UND finished with a 24-16 edge in shots on goal and a 27-18 advantage on faceoffs. Gudmandson finished with 24 saves for the Badgers in just his second loss in 19 home starts.
The Sioux improved to 6-4-1 overall and 5-2-0 in the WCHA to remain one point behind first-place Minnesota Duluth.
"We've been pretty average over the first 10 games of the year," senior defenseman and Wisconsin native Derrick LaPoint said. "Tonight was a good confidence booster."
The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m.
Notes: Gregoire's goal was his 12th career game-winner, tying him for seventh all-time at UND with Bryan Lundbohm (1998-01), Bob Joyce (1984-87) and Jim Archibald (1981-85) ... Junior Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) won seven of nine faceoffs, sophomore Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) won eight of 11 and senior Brad Malone (Miramichi, New Brunswick) won nine of 14.