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