Here are a few notes from the rinks ...
The Gustavus women's hockey team fell to No. 1 Amherst 4-0 in the semifinals of the NCAA D3 championship on Friday night in St. Peter. Read Jim Rueda's account here. The Gusties will play in the third-place game on Saturday afternoon.
Now ex-Maverick Kael Mouillierat scored his first professional goal on Friday, playing for the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. He scored it against his old teammate Mike Zacharias, who got the win for the Ontario Reign. Geoff Irwin, who also signed with the Steelheads, did not play in the game.
Of course in the Final Five, St. Cloud State and North Dakota won in the semifinals to set up Saturday night's title game. The conference's top two regular-season teams, Denver and Wisconsin, are playing in the third-place game.
I attended Friday's WCHA games, and North Dakota is playing great hockey right now. The Sioux's Evan Trupp is the early favorite for Final Five most outstanding player. He had two goals and a phenomenal assist in the 4-3 win over DU.