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The Daily Skate: Only two standalone diving calls were made in 2018-19

Longtime college hockey official Derek Shepherd watches the action during his final season.

College hockey still hasn't found an effective way to punish diving.

During the 2018-19 season, there were 68 diving or embellishment calls across the country. Only two of them were standalone diving calls. The other 66 were met with matching minors.

That means players aren't really deterred from diving, because at worst, it's a four-on-four situation and very rarely does diving put the opponent on the power play. It is more likely to put your own team on a power play.

There aren't many easy answers to solving this issue. Diving can be hard to detect in real time at real speed, even for NHL officials. Often times, calling matching minors is the correct decision. But because that's generally the worst result, there aren't a lot of deterrents for players thinking about embellishing or diving.

The only two standalone diving calls this season came in Atlantic Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

On Nov. 10, Air Force's Matt Pulver was called for diving against Bentley. The officials were Eric Ernst and Casey Terreri. On Jan. 4, Alaska's Kylar Hope was called for diving against Northern Michigan. The officials were Ryan Gordon and Mike Forys.

National Collegiate Hockey Conference officials called six embellishments during the 2018-19 season, all with matching minors. That tied Atlantic Hockey for the fewest diving/embellishment calls.


League Diving/Embellish calls Matching minors
ECAC 19 19
Hockey East 17 17
Big Ten 10 10
WCHA 10 9
NCHC 6 6
Atlantic Hockey 6 5

Could a new trend hit Fargo?

Don't be surprised if a growing trend in the United States Hockey League makes its way to Fargo.

The trend is that more USHL teams are separating their general manager and head coach roles. In the not-too-distance past, the same person almost always held both roles. But several teams -- the Lincoln Stars, Chicago Steel, Des Moines Buccaneers, Youngstown Phantoms, Dubuque Fighting Saints and Muskegon Lumberjacks -- have made them into different roles.

While nothing has officially been decided in Fargo, general manager and head coach Cary Eades has privately kicked around the idea of doing the same, according to multiple sources. If Eades decides to go that route and take just the general manager role -- and ownership signs off on the plan -- Grand Forks native Pierre-Paul Lamoureux, currently the associate head coach, would likely take over head coaching duties.

Jost scores again in Game 7

The Colorado Avalanche were knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night with a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

But former UND forward Tyson Jost, in his second full NHL season with the Avalanche, had an excellent end to his season.

Jost scored a goal in Game 7 -- cutting the Sharks' lead to 3-2 early in the third period -- marking Jost's third-straight game with a goal. He also scored in Game 5 and Game 6.

It was the first time in Jost's NHL career that he had scored goals in three-straight games.

Dell is UND's last Cup hope

Former UND goalie Aaron Dell is the program's last hope to win a Stanley Cup this season.

Dell is the backup goalie for the Sharks, who advanced to the Western Conference Finals by beating the Avalanche in seven games. The Sharks will take on the St. Louis Blues. Although former UND defenseman Jordan Schmaltz is under contract with the Blues, he's not currently with the team.

The Eastern Conference Finals will be between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes.

A former UND player has been on the Stanley Cup-winning team in seven of the last nine years.

NCAA teams try early Saturday games

A growing trend in college hockey is to start Saturday night games earlier.

Colorado College is one team that has done it the past couple of seasons. MSU-Mankato is the latest team to try it.

MSU-Mankato announced that it has moved Saturday start times up to 6:07 p.m. this season.

"We made the decision on the move to an earlier start time on Saturday after a great deal of thought, deliberation and discussion," MSU-Mankato athletic director Kevin Buisman said. "This is a strategy that has been effective in other markets and after consulting players, coaches, fans, event staff and other program supporters, we decided to move forward with immediate implementation. I think this change will be particularly appealing to families with younger children and this is a demographic we need to grow as they represent the future fan base of Maverick hockey."

UND plays at MSU-Mankato on Oct. 18-19.

Forney reaches conference finals

Former Thief River Falls defenseman Chris Forney, who played college hockey at UMass Lowell, has reached the conference finals in the ECHL's Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Forney plays for the Tulsa Oilers, who will open a best-of-seven series against the Toledo Walleye on Friday.

Forney has three goals and 14 points in 40 games for the Oilers. He also played three games with the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League this season.

Merrimack's Carr a hot name

Merrimack assistant coach Curtis Carr is becoming a hot name in coaching searches, including one in particular.

Carr is believed to be a top candidate for an open assistant coaching position at Bowling Green under new head coach Ty Eigner.

Carr has been at Merrimack for the past eight seasons, serving as the associate head coach for the last five years.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 14th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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