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UND hockey: Trupp keeps highlights coming in Sioux victory

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Darcy Zajac's brother centers the top line for the New Jersey Devils, so he's seen plenty of all-world hockey players show off their best.

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Darcy Zajac's brother centers the top line for the New Jersey Devils, so he's seen plenty of all-world hockey players show off their best.

But even Zajac says he can't believe some of the jaw-dropping moves from UND men's hockey teammate Evan Trupp.

Trupp was at it again on Friday, batting a puck out of the air from his knees for a highlight-reel goal in UND's 4-2 win over Michigan Tech in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

This one may not end up on SportsCenter like his overtime goal against Minnesota two years ago, but it again helped the Sioux get a win.

The play started when Trupp got the puck in the left circle and slipped past a Michigan Tech defender with a slick move. Goalie Kevin Genoe stopped the initial attempt from the top of the crease, but as the junior from Anchorage was getting shoved to the ice, he reached to the side of the crease and swatted in UND's second goal of the game at 4 minutes, 58 seconds of the middle frame.

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"That guy has moves that nobody has ever seen before," Zajac said. "He's quick and he can move laterally. He can move around you or put it through you."

Teammate Jason Gregoire added: "He does that stuff in practice all of the time. He has the best hands and it was a good time for him to show it. I'm looking forward to seeing a few more highlight reels from him."

Trupp's goal, coupled with power-play scores from Gregoire, Chris VandeVelde and Danny Kristo helped the Sioux improve to 5-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Both Gregoire and VandeVelde had dominant performances, but Trupp's game left his teammates and coaches raving.

"It wasn't just the goal," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "He was at a different level tonight. He was so elusive when he had the puck. When he didn't have it, he found a way to get it back. He stripped a lot of guys of pucks tonight. When you thought he was beat on a play, he'd make a play to get the puck. He was very dynamic tonight."

UND will look for much of the same tonight, as it aims for its first sweep of the Huskies in Houghton since 2005-06. The series finale will be at 6:37 p.m.

The Sioux came to Houghton after a week off -- plenty of time to think about a 2-1 loss to Alaska-Anchorage in their most recent game. That was the first time all season that UND didn't score a power-play goal.

Michigan Tech (2-5, 1-4) gave UND seven chances with the extra man on Friday -- including a five-minute major and two five-on-threes. The Sioux delivered with three goals and 16 power-play shots.

Gregoire's goal came when a point shot from Kristo hit him in the back of the leg at 19:37 of the first. VandeVelde capitalized on a good feed from Chay Genoway (two assists) at 18:11 of the second and Kristo scored his first-career goal on a point shot at 13:03 of the third.

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"You're not going to be successful at this level when you spend 25 minutes in the box," Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell said. "It's pretty clear what our issue is right now. I was running out of players to bench for taking poor penalties. Until we learn that lesson. . .

"We've talked at length and it has been made pretty crystal clear to the players that, as a coaching staff, we have zero tolerance for lazy penalties like slashing, hooking and tripping. We had a number of those tonight."

Russell said he was satisfied with the performance of Genoe, a freshman goalie who stopped 37 shots. UND goalie Brad Eidsness made 21 saves.

"Our power play was clicking tonight," Gregoire said, "and when that's clicking, we're a dangerous team."

Notes: Genoway was slow leaving the ice in the third, but Hakstol said he thinks his captain is fine. . . Referee Todd Anderson left the ice for about 10 minutes in the first period and the start of the second period after getting clipped in the face with a stick. The game went on with one referee. . . Tech defenseman John Kivisto's goal in the second period ended a personal 115:11 shutout streak for Eidsness in John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. He posted his first career shutout in his last trip here. . . Forward Brett Bruneteau and defenseman Corey Fienhage made the trip to Houghton but were scratched.

 

UND 4, Michigan Tech 2

First period -- 1. UND, Jason Gregoire 4 (Danny Kristo 5, Darcy Zajac 5) 19:37 (pp). Penalties -- Ricky Doriott, MT, contact to the head cross-checking, 4:02; Zajac, UND, elbowing, 6:35; Alex MacLeod, MT, high sticking, 19:32

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Second period -- 2. UND, Evan Trupp 2 (Brad Malone 1) 4:58; 3. MT, John Kivisto 1 (Evan Witt 1) 14:18 (pp); 4. UND, Chris VandeVelde 2 (Chay Genoway 4) 18:11 (pp). Penalties -- Andrew MacWilliam, UND, tripping, 1:31; Malcolm Gwilliam, MT, hooking, 1:37; Ben Blood, UND, cross-checking, 2:04; Zajac, UND, hooking, 4:38; Eli Vlaisavljevich, MT, holding the stick, 4:38; MacWilliam, UND, holding, 13:03; Alex MacLeod, MT, cross-checking, 17:18; Malone, UND, contact to the head elbowing, 18:18; MacLeod, MT, slashing, 19:27; Jordan Baker, MT, tripping, 19:58; Chay Genoway, roughing, 19:58; Mike VanWagner, MT, grasping the facemask major, 19:58

Third period -- 5. UND, Kristo 1 (Genoway 5, VandeVelde 6) 13:03 (pp); 6. MT, Vlaisavljevich 1 (Drew Dobson 1) 15:44. Penalties -- Doriott, MT, interference, 4:04; Blood, UND, interference, 6:49; MacWilliam, UND, grasping the facemask, 11:34; Dobson, MT, slashing, 11:34; Vlaisavljevich, MT, cross-checking, 12:23

Goalie saves -- UND: Brad Eidsness 5-12-4 -- 21; MT: Kevin Genoe 12-8-17 -- 37

Penalties-minutes -- UND 9-18, MT 11-25

Power plays -- UND 3-7, MT 1-6

Attendance -- 2,469

Referees -- Todd Anderson and Brad Shepherd

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