UND rallies to best No. 1 Boston College
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Drew Stafford may not have been the most heralded freshman in the University of North Dakota camp this offseason. However, two games into his collegiate career, the Shattuck-St.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Drew Stafford may not have been the most heralded freshman in the University of North Dakota camp this offseason.
However, two games into his collegiate career, the Shattuck-St. Mary's product is making quite a name for himself.
Friday night, Stafford recorded his second straight game-winning goal as the third-ranked Fighting Sioux erased a three-goal deficit to rally past top-ranked Boston College 6-4 in front of 10,397 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"I've gotten some opportunities late in games and I've just been fortunate enough to capitalize on them," Stafford said.
The 6-foot-2 forward may have been fortunate his game-winning goal found the net at all.
Early in the third period, after UND had tied the score at 4-4, Stafford slid a bad-angle, backhand shot around a sprawled out goaltender -- who had come out to poke-check the puck away -- for his second goal of the season.
It's the type of play that some may describe lucky, while others may describe as "amazing."
"Stafford's goal was nothing short of amazing," UND forward Brandon Bochenski said. "It was definitely a goal-scorer's goal."
Out of all the players on the UND roster, Bochenski would be the one to know what a scorer's goal would look like. In fact, he collected three of them Friday night.
For the fifth time in his three-year career, Bochenski recorded a hat trick, including the equalizer early in the third period.
Just over two minutes into the final stanza, the third-year wing collected a pass inside the near circle and rifled a shot over BC goalie Matti Kaltiainen's shoulder to tie the game at 4-4.
"This one ranks pretty high on my list," said Bochenski, describing the fifth hat trick of his career. "Just because it came against the No. 1 team. It's pretty sweet."
The Eagles looked like anything but the No. 1 team in the first six minutes of the third period.
After holding leads of 3-0 and 4-2 in the second period, the roof caved in on coach Jerry York and Co.
A four-goal onslaught in the first six minutes of the third period made BC's first night as the nation's top-ranked team an unhappy one.
"I felt pretty comfortable after the first two periods," said York, whose team lost in Grand Forks for the first time since 1989. "But (UND) just took this one away from us."
The schools will meet again at 7:15 tonight.
"This was a great character win for us," Stafford said. "This is when all the work that we put in during the offseason pays off."
FIRST PERIOD: 1, BC, Lauze (Gionta, Pineault), 10:11. 2, BC, Boyle (B. Eaves, P. Eaves), 15:48.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, BC, B. Eaves (Voce), 0:36. 4, UND, Fylling (Schneider), 11:11. 5, UND, Bochenski (Schneider), 15:59. 6, BC, Forrest (Voce, B. Eaves), 16:25.
THIRD PERIOD: 7, UND, Schneider (Stafford, Lundbohm), 0:29. 8, UND, Bochenski (Hale, Fuher), 2:08. 9, UND, Stafford (Massen, Fuher), 4:14. 10, UND, Bochenski (Z. Parise), 6:37.
GOALIE SAVES: BC, Kaltiainen 6-6-4--16. UND, J. Parise 10-6-6--22.