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The goal drought had been long enough that Andrew Peski was dreaming up the ways he was going to get his first college goal. "I've gone through every scenario in my head," Peski said. That goal drought busted Saturday as Peski scored in UND's 7-0 victory over Omaha at Ralph Engelstad Arena, even if it wasn't the way he would have drawn it up. In the third period, Peski drilled a shot from the point that was initially stopped by Omaha goalie Kris Oldham, but the ricochete went off a defenseman and into the net to make it 6-0.
Earlier this week, East Grand Forks looked like the favorite to win the Gambucci Cup when the Green Wave handily beat Grand Forks Central. On Saturday, a new front-runner emerged for the trophy that goes to the top boys hockey team in Greater Grand Forks. Grand Forks Red River used a potent power play to rout East Grand Forks 6-0 at Purpur Arena. The Roughriders scored three times on the power play, taking advantage of Senior High's seven penalties.
Nebraska Omaha came to Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night with defensive concerns. Due to injury and illness, the Mavericks were without three defensemen and forced to play a forward at the blue line. As Omaha skated to a 4-1 win over UND, however, you couldn't tell which team had the defensive uncertainty. The Mavs weathered UND's pressure in the second period and prevented any big mistakes on the back end. That helped Omaha goalie Evan Weninger make 34 saves, including 20 during UND's big push in the second period.
The Grand Forks Central boys hockey team saw a 37-game unbeaten streak end earlier this week with a four-goal loss to East Grand Forks Senior High. "You want a good response after a subpar outing," Knights coach Grant Paranica said. "It's like anything, it's not the mistakes you make it's what you do after them." Central's response to the rare defeat was emphatic. The Knights received scoring from eight different players in a 9-0 rout of Grafton-Park River on Thursday night at Purpur Arena. Central improved to 8-1-2, while the Spoilers fell to 6-7.
East Grand Forks junior Carter Beck hadn't scored more than one goal in a varsity game before. Grand Forks Central hadn't lost since Feb. 26, 2016. On Tuesday night, those streaks ended. Beck registered a hat trick to lead the Green Wave to a 5-1 win over Central at the Civic Center. It was the first loss for the Knights (7-1-2) in 37-straight games. "I just went to the net and got some lucky bounces," said Beck, who hadn't scored in the past six games. "I think we really moved the puck and did well as a team."
In 1977, Rich Glas was a 28-year-old head men's basketball coach at Minnesota Morris. In his third year leading the NCAA Division III program, Glas led Morris to the school's first conference title. "We had a fun time that night," the 69-year-old Glas said. On his way out of the arena that evening, Glas remembers taking out the garbage. "I looked up in the sky and thought, boy, you win a title and you still take out the garbage," Glas said. "Life goes on ... life goes on."
In 1977, Rich Glas was a 28-year-old head men’s basketball coach at Minnesota Morris. In his third year leading the NCAA Division III program, Glas led Morris to the school’s first conference title. “We had a fun time that night,” the 69-year-old Glas said. On his way out of the arena that evening, Glas remembers taking out the garbage.
The new tax bill that President Donald Trump signed last week will erase an 80 percent deduction for donations tied to premium seat purchases, prompting the UND Alumni Association to try to keep its athletic donors informed about the changes ahead. Like many college athletic departments, UND fans pay a donation in order to purchase season tickets to sporting events, among other benefits. UND, in turn, uses these donations to help fund athletic scholarships. That athletic department revenue is now in jeopardy as the tax bill changes the deduction from 80 percent to zero.
Even in a season when Warroad loses the first six games of the season, you can't count out the Warriors in the Minnesota Section 8A race. Warroad drove that point home Thursday night in a 1-1 tie with No. 5 East Grand Forks Senior High at the Civic Center. Warroad moved to 2-6-1, while the Green Wave, playing in their second overtime game this week, went to 6-4-1. "We knew they were a tough team," Senior High coach Scott Koberinski said. "They play physical and can smother you. It was a good test for our guys.
Looking at the prep careers of Garett Maag of West St. Paul, Minn., and C.J. Siegel of La Crosse, Wis., it might be tough to tell whether UND football coach Bubba Schweigert or UND men’s basketball coach Brian Jones were more interested in recruiting the high school seniors to Grand Forks. Maag and Siegel are both averaging more than 20 points per game playing basketball this winter.