The University of North Dakota has had 108 former players play at least one game in the NHL. On Sunday afternoon, two former UND alumni went head-to-head in the National Hockey League action. While they never actually played on the same team, they both donned the Green and White, making them part of the former University of North Dakota hockey alumni fraternity.
Derek Forbort Scores Rare Goal for the Bruins
Former UND defenseman Derek Forbort isn’t known for his goal-scoring prowess. Last season, while playing in 56 games for the Winnipeg Jets, Forbort scored two goals and 10 assists for 12 points. In seven NHL seasons, Forbort has played with four NHL teams scoring nine goals, and 59 assists for 67 points. He’s also a plus-seven. You can see a pattern here.
On Sunday against the San Jose Sharks, none of that mattered. At the 3:18 mark of the first period, Forbort would score the Bruins second goal of the game. That was Forbort’s first point as a Boston Bruin.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 24, 2021
Sixteen minutes and 12 seconds into the first period, the Bruins would take a commanding 3-0 lead. That 3-0 lead didn’t last very long. The Sharks started to awake from their slumber. Thirty-two seconds later, former UND forward Jasper Weatherby would score the Sharks first goal of the game, cutting into the Bruins 3-0 lead. Quoting Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards, “it was a short-side, high shot.”
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 24, 2021
For those keeping track at home, that’s Weatherby’s second goal of the season. During his first season in the NHL, Weatherby has scored two goals and an assist in five games for the Sharks. Weatherby has also won 46% of the faceoffs he’s taken.
At the 5:41 mark of the second period, the Bruins would expand their lead to 4-1 with a goal from forward Jake Debruks. Forbort would get the secondary assist on Jake Debrusk’s second goal of the season.
The Sharks would make a push in the third period scoring two more goals to make the score 4-3. However, in the end, the Bruins were able to hold on to beat the Sharks 4-3. Forbort was named the Bruins third star of the game by the media.