Ensign, Montpetit get national TV time

Kyle Ensign of New Richmond and Brock Montpetit of Somerset got significant time on national TV last Friday night.
Ensign and Montpetit skate for the University of Nebraska-Omaha men’s hockey team, which was playing Minnesota-Duluth, the top-ranked team in the country. The game was chosen for the Friday night national college hockey broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, formerly Versus.
UNO gave UMD all it could handle for two periods. The teams entered the third period tied 2-2, but UMD scored four unanswered goals in the third period to win 6-2.
UNO came close to an upset on Friday, but they did get it done on Saturday. The Mavericks upset UMD, ending the Bulldogs’ 17-game unbeaten string, 3-1.
In Friday’s game, I thought Montpetit was UNO’s best forward. He scored the team’s first goal and created several more scoring chances with attacking moves to the net. He also scored the Mavericks’ first goal in Saturday’s victory over UMD. Montpetit was dinged up for several weeks with an injury, but now he’s back at full strength. He’s skating on the Mavericks’ first line, injecting some badly needed fire into the offense. He’s also UNO’s best faceoff man.
Ensign is a goalie’s best friend as a savvy, stay-at-home defenseman. He made several key defensive plays in the first period of Friday’s game, when penalties had the Mavericks scrambling. Ensign broke up several plays in front of the net that easily could have turned into goals that would have buried UNO.