UND goalie saves Sioux

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe old saying in college hockey is that goaltending winschampionships.With Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory, the play of North Dakotanetminder Jean-Philippe Lamoureux showed why his Fighting Sioux could very wellcontend for the NCAA title.Lamoureux stopped 41 of Wisconsin’s 43 shots on the night,using nearly every piece of equipment he had. He also made 38 saves in UND’sopening round win over Princeton, earning him the Midwest Regional’s MostOutstanding Player award.“Lamoureux gave them a chance to win,” UW goalie ShaneConnelly said. “I think that just gave them the confidence.”With his team trailing a desperate Badger team, Lamoureuxmade the big saves when Wisconsin threatened to put the game away. MichaelDavies was robbed by Lamoureux’s glove in the first period on a power playopportunity; Matthew Ford was unable to poke the puck past the stretchingnetminder, sprawled out in the butterfly; Ben Grotting and John Mitchell wereboth unable to beat the senior with time running down at the end of regulation.It was a common trend all night.“It’s tough when you’re going up against a hot goalie,”forward Ben Street said. “He’s done that all year. We knew that was going tohappen. Our game plan was to get pucks and bodies at him, and there were a fewtimes that he left a rebound there and we just didn’t have a guy there to bangit in.”Davies had perhaps the most notable failed chance to put onepast the UND goaltender as he gathered the puck and skated on a breakawaytowards the Sioux net. After skating to his left, Davies was able to getLamoureux to commit and slide across the crease. But the Wisconsin forwardcouldn’t get enough on the shot, firing it into the goalie’s chest.“If he could put it upstairs from where he was, or gobar-down, you have to tip your hat to the guy,” Lamoureux said of Davies.“Coming in on a breakaway with speed, it’s a difficult play. I was confident inmy decision-making and fortunate I made the save.”Lamoureux also had the posts to back him up on a few Badgershots Sunday. Wisconsin freshman Kyle Turris fired a shot that hit the rightpipe and bounced through the crease but never wobbled its way past the goalline. Defenseman Davis Drewiske also drew iron on a power play chance early inthe second period.The bounces off the post seemed to go Wisconsin’s waySaturday night against Denver. Several Pioneer shots caromed off the pipes,providing a sigh of relief for Connelly.“He had his best friend, the pipes, there a couple times,”UW head coach Mike Eaves said of Connelly Saturday.But against North Dakota, the posts befriended Lamoureux.“[Denver] hit the posts last night, and Shane had themstrapped on. And tonight, Mr. Lamoureux did,” Eaves said. “Talk about littlethings making a difference.”The only bad break Lamoureux did catch Sunday was onWisconsin’s second goal of the game with just 39 seconds to play in the secondperiod. Defenseman Cody Goloubef fired a wrister from the point that went wide,and the puck took a funny hop off the backboards and bounced off Lamoureux andin.But what could have been a back-breaking goal that put UNDdown two proved to be the final time UW would tinge the twine.“I think certainly Wisconsin got a lucky break on thatsecond [goal] at the end of the second period,” Lamoureux said. “It could’vebeen demoralizing for a team to give up a goal and a two-goal lead going intothe third on top of that. But we regrouped collectively. It’s a position we’vebeen in before this year, and our big-time leaders stepped up and made bigplays for us.”last_img read more