Drew DeRidder enjoys new goal support and posts 27-save shutout on Holy Cross – The Rink Live
GRAND FORKS — Drew DeRidder has made 15 starts in his final four months at Michigan State.
Meanwhile, his team never scored four goals for him.
The start of his career at UND was a bit different.
UND scored four goals in the space of 4 minutes and 20 seconds in the opening period en route to a resounding 6-0 win over Holy Cross on Friday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
DeRidder, a fifth-year senior, became the first goaltender since Aaron Dell in 2009 to open his UND career with a shutout. He made 27 saves in all – four in the first, 12 in the second and 11 in the third. He also added an assist for good measure.
“It’s good to have so many goals so early in the game,” DeRidder said. “It’s just setting up the game and I can relax a bit. The fireworks set you on fire too. I didn’t expect that, so that was pretty cool.”
There was a lot.
Freshman Jackson Blake, fifth-year senior Mark Senden, fifth-year senior Gavin Hain and junior Cooper Moore scored to give the Fighting Hawks a 4-0 lead in the first period. Riese Gaber scored a power-play goal in the second and Jake Schmaltz added the final power-play score in the third.
The six goals marked DeRidder’s biggest assist in four years.
“It’s very different, but like I said, it’s nice to have that kind of cushion,” DeRidder said. “I’m able to relax and I know I can make a mistake or two and it doesn’t affect the outcome of the match.”
DeRidder made no mistake, however.
His best saves came on a breakaway save from Matt DeBoer in the first and a power-play save on Devin Phillips in the second. Phillips was open for a backdoor chance, but DeRidder passed in time.
“He was outstanding,” UND coach Brad Berry said. “He made some huge saves. He looked calm doing it. You can tell he’s an experienced goalkeeper. There were situations there where we kind of let him down. on an island. on track. I really thought he played a solid game. He looked really calm and composed in there.
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Defender Chris Jandric had three assists. Louis Jamernik V put up a pair of goals with flows up the crease. Senden, Moore and Blake also added assists for two-point games.
“It was unreal,” Blake said of his first official UND game. “I still get chills thinking about it. You grow up, you come to games here and your dream is just to be on the ice and it was just an amazing experience.”
In the past, the Fighting Hawks have used the line of Hain, Senden and Jamernik V as a stop line, assigned to take on the opponent’s best units. On Friday, they entered the score line. They combined for two goals and five points.
“Obviously we have the chemistry of the last year…the last two years,” Hain said. “We have it in our bag so we can be a good two-way line. I think that’s what we try to do. We’ll try to get goals and obviously shut down when we need it. .”
However, Berry was unhappy with all parts of the game.
For just over 20 minutes in the second period and early in the third, Holy Cross outshot UND 18-5. But DeRidder, who posted a .918 save percentage on a last-place Michigan State team a season ago, didn’t allow the Crusaders to get anything in the net.
“It was awesome,” DeRidder said of his first regular season game at The Ralph. “It’s a nice place to play. I’ve been skating here for a few months now. It’s a nice building, but it’s even better to see everyone in there. It was just a great experience.”
Remarks: UND played without injured forward Dane Montgomery and injured defender Luke Bast. UND’s three healthy scratches were second Nick Portz, second Jackson Kunz and senior Carson Albrecht. It was the first time in Portz’s college career that he missed a game. He was one of three players to adapt in every game last season. The others were Judd Caulfield and Schmaltz.