In reply to: He looked great. posted by wearendhockey
6 goals Friday, 1 last night. 6 against WI on Friday, 2 on Saturday. For 6 straight series we have scored the same (1) or fewer goals on the second night.
Last night was a little bit puck luck and a little bit Drew DeRidder playing well and making some big saves, especially in the third. Statistically speaking, DeRidder is the better goalie, but not by much. We hit a couple of pipes, Nardella missed a wide open net a couple minutes before he buried a magnificent goal, and another player missed a wide open net when he couldn't settle a puck rolling on it's side.
Anecdotally I also think the instances of scoring fewer goals the second night increase as the season goes on, as teams simply become familiar with each other, and more video is available to study. Putting video together with what you saw live the previous night seems to make for a lot of dropoff on Saturdays.
Notre Dame also lost a few more opportunities last night with missed passes and icing that I didn't see Friday (I missed the first period of Friday's game as I was not home yet). Plus, after posting a +9 over the last 3 games, the O'Leary, Malmquist, Graham line was due to slow down a bit, and they were kept off the scoresheet.
Legs seems a little more tired on both sides on Saturday, particularly early on. Cale was great both nights. I despise the individual skills competition as a way to decide games (even more when it’s not even official from an NCAA standpoint), but that being said he tracked the puck really nicely on the second save to seal the conference point.
Also, not sure if it was the weather, people skipping out after attending the hoops game, not wanting to deal with parking because of the Globetrotters (parking was fine, incidentally), or some combination of these factors, but the place was dead on a Saturday after a really peppy crowd on Friday night. I’ve never known that to be the trend, but we typically only make it in for one weekend a year.