(12-20-2, 8-16-2 WCHA)
#14 North Dakota
(18-12-3, 14-11-1 WCHA)
RADIO: 96.1 The Fox (KQHT-FM) • WEBCAST: FightingSioux.com
TV Friday: UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Central, DirecTV 617, MidcoSN3
TV Saturday: UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Pacific, DirecTV 623, MidcoSN3
THIS WEEK: North Dakota hosts Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the final series of the regular season.
The 14th-ranked Fighting Sioux have already clinched home ice and can finish as high as third in the WCHA standings. UND enters the week in fourth place, three behind third-place Denver and two ahead of fifth-place Colorado College and Nebraska Omaha.
MSU is in 11th place with 18 points, three behind 10th-place Bemidji State.
MEDIA COVERAGE: All UND men's hockey games, home and away, can be heard on 96.1 FM (The Fox) and on stations across the UND Radio Network. Veteran broadcaster Tim Hennessy is in his 33rd season as the voice of the men's hockey program. Free audio is available at www.fightingsioux.com.
Friday's game can be seen on the UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Central, DirecTV 617 and Midco SN3. Saturday's game can be seen on UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Pacific, DirecTV 623 and Midco SN3. Pat Sweeney calls the action with former UND assistant Jim Scanlan providing analysis.
Video webcasts of both games can be purchased at www.fightingsioux.com, where free live stats are also available.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Receive real-time updates during all UND men's hockey games by following
@UNDMHockey. Additional coverage can be found at @UNDathletics and @UNDSID.
Fans can also follow the action via live chat at FightingSioux.com, hosted by Grand Forks Herald hockey writer Brad Schlossman and UND media relations director Jayson Hajdu during every home and road game.
TICKET INFORMATION: A limited number of general admission tickets remain available for each game this weekend.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000, by visiting the UND Ticket Office at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, or via TicketMaster TicketExchange. TicketExchange is the official online source for UND men's hockey season ticket holders to post their tickets for re-sale. Tickets can be purchased from season ticket holders online by visiting Ticketmaster.com/TicketExchange, and then clicking on "North Dakota" under College Athletics.
The REA box office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS: MSU was idle last weekend and most recently hosted Minnesota Duluth Feb. 17-18, losing the opener 4-2 before skating to a 4-4 overtime tie in the series finale.
The Mavericks are 7-5-1 in their last 13 games. Junior goaltender Phil Cook has gone 7-4-0 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.44 goals-against average in his last 11 starts.
MSU's freshman class has totalled 83 points this year, which ranks sixth in the nation amongst all first-year classes.
MSU COACHING STAFF: Troy Jutting (MSU ‘87) is in his 12th year at MSU and owns an all-time record of 184-220-55 (.461).
Jutting's staff includes associate head coach Darren Blue (MSU ‘96) and assistant coach Todd Knott (Bemidji State ‘02).
SERIES HISTORY: UND leads the all-time series with MSU by a 35-10-7 (.740) margin, has won the last seven meetings and has lost just once in the last 18 (16-1-1).
During UND's current 7-game winning streak against the Mavericks, four of those games were decided by just one goal, and a fifth was a 4-2 game with an empty-netter.
Junior forward Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) leads all active Sioux with four points (2g, 2a) in three career games against MSU. Only Knight and Brock Nelson (So., Warroad, Minn.) have scored goals against the Mavericks (Nelson has one).
Senior Brad Eidsness has won all five of his starts against the Mavericks, posting a 2.00 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. Junior Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) is 2-0-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .915 save percentage against MSU.
UND is 20-3-2 (.840) against Minnesota State during head coach Dave Hakstol's tenure.
UND'S LAST ACTION: The Sioux split last weekend in Denver, winning 4-3 on Friday before falling 5-3 on Saturday.
Junior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) had a goal (on a penalty shot) and an assist in Friday's win, while Corban Knight (Jr., High River, Alberta), Carter Rowney (Jr., Sexsmith, Alberta) and Stephane Pattyn (Fr., Ste. Anne, Manitoba) also scored.
DU scored three times on the power play and once short-handed on Saturday. Sophomore Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn.) scored twice for the Sioux, and Rowney added his second of the weekend.
POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 10 in the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, No. 14 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
The Sioux are tied for 14th in the PairWise Rankings and are 12th in the KRACH rankings.
SENIOR SALUTE: Seniors Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.), Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) and captain Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), who are playing in their final regular season home games, will be honored on Saturday night.
The trio has helped lead UND to two MacNaughton Cup championships (2010-11, 2008-09), back-to-back Broadmoor Trophies (2010-11, 2009-10), three NCAA postseason appearances and one berth in the NCAA Frozen Four (2010-11).
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: UND has clinched home ice in the first round of the WCHA playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the WCHA.
UND's first-round opponent has not yet been determined.
UND's streak of nine straight appearances at the WCHA Final Five is also the league's longest active streak.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: Following a split last week at Denver, UND has just five losses in the last 21 games (14-5-2), a stretch that began Thanksgiving weekend against Colorado College.
IT'S HOW YOU FINISH: With just four losses in 15 games since the Christmas break, UND has continued its trend of playing its best hockey after Christmas under eighth-year head coach Dave Hakstol:
Year Before After
2004-05 13-7-2 (.636) 12-8-3 (.587)
2005-06 12-7-1 (.625) 17-9-0 (.654)
2006-07 7-10-1 (.417) 17-4-4 (.760)
2007-08 8-6-1 (.567) 20-5-3 (.768)
2008-09 9-8-1 (.528) 15-7-3 (.660)
2009-10 9-6-3 (.583) 16-7-2 (.680)
2010-11 13-5-2 (.700) 19-4-1 (.813)
2011-12 9-8-1 (.528) 9-4-2 (.625)
Totals 80-57-12 (.577) 124-48-18 (.700)
IN LIKE A LION: UND has been particularly effective once the calendar turns to March. Over the previous two seasons, the Sioux have gone 15-2-0 (.882) in March, and 47-12-4 (.778) through Hakstol's first seven seasons:
Year March Of Note
2004-05 7-1-1 (.833) NCAA runner-up
2005-06 8-1-0 (.889) NCAA semifinals
2006-07 6-1-1 (.813) NCAA semifinals
2007-08 7-3-2 (.667) NCAA semifinals
2008-09 4-4-0 (.500) WCHA champions
2009-10 7-2-0 (.778) WCHA playoff champs 2010-11 8-0-0 (1.000) NCAA semifinals
Totals 47-12-4 (.778)
ROARING TWENTIES: A sweep over Minnesota State this weekend would give the Sioux 20 wins for the eighth time in as many seasons under head coach Dave Hakstol.
BROCK ‘N' ROLL: Sophomore forward Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn.) is bidding to become the second straight Sioux to lead the WCHA in goals.
Nelson leads the WCHA with 19 goals in 26 league games and is tied for second with 22 goals overall, one behind Minnesota's Nick Bjugstad.
Last season UND's Matt Frattin led the WCHA in goals in both overall games (36) and league games (22). Frattin was also the top goal scorer in the NCAA.
CARTER WOW-NEY: Junior forward Carter Rowney (Sexsmith, Alberta) scored a goal in each game at Denver last weekend and now ranks second on the team with 16 goals.
Rowney had eight goals in the month of February alone, matching the eight he scored from October through January. He entered the season with four goals in 67 career games in his first two seasons.
Rowney, who played in his 100th career game last Saturday, is tied for the team lead (w/ Brock Nelson) with nine power-play goals. He entered the season without a single power-play goal.
DAN THE MAN: Junior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) notched an assist last Saturday to become the 83rd player in UND history to score 100 career points.
One night earlier, Kristo had a goal and an assist, with his goal coming via penalty shot. It was UND's first penalty shot goal since Drew Stafford scored on Maine's Jimmy Howard on Oct. 8, 2004, Dave Hakstol's debut as UND head coach.
Kristo has matched his career highs in points (36) and goals (15), both of which were established in 2009-10 when he was named WCHA Rookie of the Year. He also leads the team with a career-best +10 rating.
JUNIOR MINT: Rowney, Kristo and their classmates are the fourth-highest scoring junior class in the nation with 114 points:
RK Team G-A-Pts.
1. Maine 56-84-140
2. Boston College 42-93-135
3. Northeastern 40-77-117
4. North Dakota 45-69-114
5. Bemidji State 51-60-111
UND's junior class includes: Danny Kristo (15-21-36), Corban Knight (12-20-32), Carter Rowney (16-9-25), Joe Gleason (0-14-14) and Andrew MacWilliam (2-4-6).
EIDS WIDE SHUT: Senior goalie Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) won his 56th career game last Friday at Denver, making him the third-winningest goalie in UND history:
His start the following night was his 102nd career appearance, which ranks fifth all-time at UND:
In 13 appearances (nine starts) this season, Eidsness has matched his career-best with a .914 save percentage.
KNIGHTLINE'S WINNING RATINGS: UND's top line of Corban Knight (Jr., High River, Alberta), Danny Kristo (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Brock Nelson (So., Warroad, Minn.) has combined for 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in the 14 wins in which it has played together, an average of 5.0 points per game.
The line has just 14 points (8g, 6a) in eight losses, which equates to only 1.75 points per game.
Nelson (22-16-38), Kristo (15-21-36) and Knight (12-20-32) are UND's top three scorers and have scored 48.5 percent of the team's goals (49-101) this season.
LINEUP LIMITATIONS: With injured forwards Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.), Brendan O'Donnell (Fr., Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Derek Rodwell (So., Taber, Alberta) all out for the season, UND will not have the luxury of playing with a healthy scratch (among skaters) for the remainder of the season.
Eight players have combined to miss 74 games due to injury so far this season:
Rocco Grimaldi, 29
Brendan O'Donnell, 16
Derek Rodwell, 14
Derek Forbort, 5
Corban Knight, 3
Mario Lamoureux, 3
Aaron Dell, 2
Taylor Dickin, 2
UND has played in six games this season in which it was forced to suit up fewer than 18 skaters.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD: Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) enters the week having appeared in 133 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team.
The school record for consecutive games played is 175 -- also an NCAA record -- and is shared by Ryan Duncan (2005-09) and Chris Porter (2003-07). Porter currently plays with the NHL's St. Louis Blues and Duncan with the AHL's Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes).
Blood has a career-high 16 points this season and both of his goals have been game-winners. He is a +7 in his last seven games.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE: Despite splitting time between forward and his natural defense position due to injuries, junior Joe Gleason (Edina, Minn.) is tied for fourth on the team with a career-high 14 assists.
Gleason has played 20 games at forward and 12 on the blueline.
CROWDED HOUSE: UND has played in front of capacity crowds in each of its last six home games.
Last Saturday's announced attendance of 12,065 against Michigan Tech was the fourth-largest crowd in program history.
UND is averaging 11,335 fans per game this season, down slightly from last season's school-record 11, 756 average attendance, and has sold out seven of 16 home games.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Senior Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) and sophomores Taylor Dickin (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Dillon Simpson (Edmonton, Alberta) were named WCHA Scholar-Athletes in February.
It was the third straight year in which Eidsness was honored, while both Dickin and Simpson were first-time honorees.
FOLLOWING THE "GENERAL": Freshman forward Stephane Pattyn (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) made his first career goal one to remember.
Pattyn scored with 1:54 remaining in the third period to break a 3-3 tie in an eventual 5-3 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 27. To top it off, the goal came on Pattyn's 21st birthday.
Two of Pattyn's three goals this season have been game-winners.
SUPER DAVE: UND's 3-2 win at SCSU on Jan. 21 was the 200th victory for Dave Hakstol, enabling him to join John "Gino" Gasparini (392 wins, 1978-94) and Dean Blais (262 wins, 1994-2004) as the only UND coaches to reach that milestone.
Hakstol, Gasparini and Blais each won their 200th game in their eighth season. Hakstol played under Gasparini at UND, and was brought to the UND coaching staff as an assistant coach by Blais.
With 32 wins last season, UND has reached the 20-win plateau in each of Hakstol's first seven seasons behind the bench. It was also the 3rd-highest win total in program history.
Hakstol's streak of seven straight 20-win seasons is the second-longest in UND history, behind only Gasparini's 13 in a row (1978-79 to 1990-91).
NORTHERN EXPOSURE: UND's win over Clarkson at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Jan. 7 drew 7,075 fans, out-drawing all but three NCAA Division I men's hockey games that night.
Only New Hampshire vs. Maine (38,456 at Fenway Park), RIT at Wisconsin (12,453) and Notre Dame at Minnesota (10,242) drew more.
Dubbed the ‘U.S. College Hockey Classic,' the game was UND's first on Canadian soil in 59 years. The last time UND played a men's hockey game in Canada was Dec. 29-30, 1953, when UND lost a pair of games to host Fort Frances (Ontario).
The last time UND played outside of the United States was Dec. 26-29, 1982, when the team competed in the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.
VOTE FOR HOBEY: Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior forward Danny Kristio (Eden Prairie, Minn.) are among the 77 players on the ballot for the Hobey Baker Award ‘Vote for Hobey' fan balloting.
Blood, who logs more minutes than any other UND player, has emerged as one of the top two-way defensemen in NCAA hockey.
He has played in all 33 games this season and has a career-high 16 points. Both of his goals have been game-winners, tying him for fifth-most by a UND defenseman in a single season.
Blood leads all active UND skaters with 151 games played and has appeared in 133 straight games. Last season, Blood led the nation with a +32 rating and was named to his second straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) All-Academic Team.
Kristo ranks second on the team in scoring and has matched his career highs in both points (36) and goals (15).
The 2009-10 WCHA Rookie of the Year, Kristo became the 83rd player in UND history to reach 100 career points last Saturday at DU.
This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 4, 2012. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 16 from the list of Top 10 Hobey Baker finalists. The fan vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.
HELLO, MY NAME IS: UND head coach Dave Hakstol announced on Jan. 10 that forward Mitch MacMillan (So., Penticton, British Columbia) transferred to UND and will join the team immediately. MacMillan is eligible to begin practicing with the team, but will not be eligible to compete until January 2013.
MacMillan will have two years of NCAA eligibility remaining when he resumes competition next January.
MacMillan transferred to UND from St. Cloud State, where he had five assists in 14 games this season. In 28 games last season as a freshman, MacMillan had four goals and two assists.
MacMillan's younger brother, Mark, is currently a freshman forward at UND. The last time the two were teammates was in 2009-10 with Alberni Valley of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), when they were the team's top two scorers and combined for 173 points (87 goals, 86 assists) in 59 games.
ASSISTANCE PLAN: Junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) has four career assists, a total topped by only one goalie in the history of the program: current volunteer assistant coach Karl Goehring.
Goehring amassed a school-record seven assists from 1997 to 2001.
MARIO'S MILESTONE: When senior captain Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored the game-winning goal on Nov. 19 at Bemidji State, he entered the UND history books by scoring the 10,000th goal in program history.
Perhaps it was fitting that Lamoureux would be the one to score the milestone goal, considering he is from Grand Forks, and his extensive family ties to UND hockey.
Lamoureux's sisters, Jocelyne and Monique, are junior forwards on UND's women's hockey team.
His father, Pierre, played goalie for UND from 1979-82 and was a member of two NCAA championship teams.
His brother, Jean-Philippe, was a goaltender at UND from 2004-08 and was an All-American as a senior.
Another brother, Pierre-Paul, is currently in his third season on UND's coaching staff as assistant video coordinator.
Finally, his uncle, Roger Lamoureux, was a four-year letterwinner at forward for UND from 1973 to 1977.
SUPER MARIO: In addition to the 10,000-goals milestone, Lamoureux's tally on Nov. 19 was significant for another reason.
With the goal, UND improved to 13-0-0 all-time when Lamoureux scores.
THE EAGLE SOARS INTO THE HALL: UND legend Ed Belfour made history on Nov. 14 when he became the first UND product to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Belfour parlayed a historic 1986-87 freshman season into a distinguished professional career that saw him become the third-winningest goalie in NHL history. Only Martin Brodeur (636 wins) and Patrick Roy (551) have won more games than Belfour, who won 484 from 1988 to 2007.
A native of Carman, Manitoba, Belfour won a UND-record 29 games (since broken) in 1986-87 and was named an NCAA All-American after leading UND to the 1987 national championship. He was the backbone of the famed "Hrkac Circus" team that won a then-NCAA-record 40 games.
Belfour twice won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie and helped lead the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup championship in 1999.
A six-time all-star game participant, Belfour ranks third in NHL history in wins (484), fourth in games played (963) and saves (24,750), and ninth in shutouts (76). He finished his career with a 2.50 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
Belfour also excelled on the international stage, winning a Canada Cup in 1991 and an Olympic gold medal in 2002 for Canada.
CALLING ALL CAPTAINS: Senior forward Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) was named team captain at UND's annual preseason media day luncheon.
In 43 games last season, Lamoureux established career highs in points (17) and assists (14) while earning his second straight WCHA All-Academic selection. In 109 career games, Lamoureux has amassed 13 goals and 22 assists.
Lamoureux's younger sister, Jocelyne, was named captain of UND's women's this season.
Mario Lamoureux joins Steve Johnson (1987-88), Jeff Panzer (2000-01) and Andy Schneider (2003-04) as the only Grand Forks natives to captain their hometown team.
Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.), junior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) and junior forward Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) were named assistant captains.
HELLO, MY NAME IS: UND welcomes 10 freshmen to the lineup this season, including forwards Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.), Connor Gaarder (Edina, Minn.), Mark MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia), Brendan O'Donnell (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Michael Parks (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephane Pattyn (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) and Colten St. Clair (Gilbert, Ariz.), and defensemen Nick Mattson (Chanhassen, Minn.), Dan Senkbeil (Fremont, Calif.) and Andrew Panzarella (Washington, D.C.).
It is UND's largest freshman class since 2005-06, when UND brought in 13 freshmen.
That class included future NHLers Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie, Taylor Chorney and Brian Lee, as well as 2006-07 Hobey Baker Award winner Ryan Duncan.
FEELING A DRAFT: The 2011-12 UND roster boasts 15 National Hockey League draft picks, including 2011 selections Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.) and Dillon Simpson (So., Edmonton, Alberta).
Grimaldi was taken in the second round (33rd overall) by Florida, while Simpson went in the fourth round (92nd overall) to Edmonton.
Simpson's father, Craig, won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton during his 10-year NHL career. He is now the lead color analyst on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) Hockey Night in Canada.
UND's current collection of draft picks features two 1st-rounders (Derek Forbort, Brock Nelson), two 2nd-rounders (Rocco Grimaldi, Danny Kristo), three 4th-rounders (Ben Blood, Mark MacMillan, Dillon Simpson), four 5th-rounders (Brad Eidsness, Corban Knight, Michael Parks, Derek Rodwell), two 6th-rounders (Nick Mattson, Brendan O'Donnell) and two 7th-rounders (Joe Gleason, Andrew MacWilliam).
TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES: Fifteen former UND players have played in the NHL this season: Jason Blake (Anaheim), Taylor Chorney (Edmonton, St. Louis), Mike Commodore (Detroit), Joe Finley (Buffalo), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Brian Lee (Ottawa), Brad Malone (Colorado), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Matt Watkins (Phoenix) and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).
With the exception of Blake, who played at UND from 1996-99, each of the above players was coached by Hakstol during his tenure as a head coach or assistant coach at UND.
Other UND products in the NHL include Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett, Columbus assistant Brad Berry, Buffalo assistant James Patrick, Minnesota assistant Rick Wilson, Phoenix video coach Steve Peters, Minnesota Wild Director of Player Development Brad Bombardir, and Chicago Blackhawks radio analyst Troy Murray. Additionally, former UND football letterwinner Mark Chipman is the chairman of the Winnipeg Jets.
Sixteen UND products played in the NHL last season, including: Jason Blake (Anaheim), Taylor Chorney (Edmonton), Mike Commodore (Columbus), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), David Hale (Ottawa), Ryan Johnson (Chicago), Brian Lee (Ottawa), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Matt Smaby (Tampa Bay), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Chris Vande Velde (Edmonton), and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).
CALLING ALL CAPTAINS: A pair of UND products currently serve as captains of their NHL clubs: Zach Parise (2002-04) of the New Jersey Devils and Jonathan Toews (2005-07) of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Additionally, defenseman Matt Greene (2002-05) serves as an assistant captain for the L.A. Kings and forward Drew Stafford (2003-06) holds the same title for the Buffalo Sabres.
FOREVER UND: Every member of UND's coaching staff is a graduate of the University of North Dakota.
Head coach Dave Hakstol (1989-92), associate head coach Cary Eades (1978-82), assistant coach Dane Jackson (1988-92) and volunteer assistant Karl Goehring (1998-2001) each played for UND.
Additionally, nearly every member of the support staff is also a graduate of UND, including director of hockey operations Pat Swanson (2002), athletic trainer and strength coach Mark Poolman (1992), team physician Dr. Greg Greek, media relations director Jayson Hajdu (2000) and administrative assistant Carmen Pester.
RANK AND FILE: UND was voted No. 2 (four first-place votes) in the 41st annual Grand Forks Herald WCHA Coaches Preseason Poll and No. 3 (two first-place votes) in the 93X (Duluth) WCHA Media Preseason Poll.
In both polls, UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) was named the preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year.
2011-12 Grand Forks Herald
WCHA Coaches Preseason Poll
Rk Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Denver (7) 115
2. North Dakota (4) 110
3. Colorado College (1) 105
4. Nebraska Omaha 89
5. Minnesota Duluth 75
6. Minnesota 74
7. St. Cloud State 61
8. Wisconsin 54
9. Alaska Anchorage 36
10. Bemidji State 30
11. Minnesota State, Mankato 29
12. Michigan Tech 14
POY: Jaden Schwartz, So., F, Colorado College
ROY: Rocco Grimaldi, F, North Dakota
2011-12 93X Radio
WCHA Media Preseason Poll
Rk Team (1st place votes) Poll Avg.
1. Denver (16) 11.35
2. Colorado College (7) 10.54
3. North Dakota (2) 10.31
4. Nebraska Omaha (1) 8.31
5. Minnesota Duluth 8.12
6. Minnesota 7.73
7. Wisconsin 5.54
St. Cloud State 5.54
9. Alaska Anchorage 3.85
10. Bemidji State 2.92
11. Minnesota State 2.12
12. Michigan Tech 1.69
POY: Jason Zucker, So., F, Denver
ROY: Rocco Grimaldi, F, North Dakota
COY: Mel Pearson, Michigan Tech