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This Week: The Fighting Sioux (5-8-1, 4-5-1 WCHA) continue a four-game stretch of non-conference games when they travel to Harvard to take on the Crimson on Friday and Saturday at the Bright Hockey Center. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Central each night.
Media Information: All Fighting Sioux men’s hockey games - home and away - can be heard on 96.1 FM (The Fox) and on stations across the Fighting Sioux hockey network, with veteran broadcaster Tim Hennessy calling the action.
A video webcast of each game can be purchased at GoCrimson.com. FREE live stats and FREE audio are available at FightingSioux.com, the official home of UND athletics.
About Harvard: The Crimson are off to a 4-4-2 start to the season, most recently falling 5-1 at Boston College last Friday, the first of five straight non-conference games for Harvard ... The Crimson were done in by three BC goals in the third period in Friday’s loss. Sophomore F Matt McCollem scored the lone Crimson goal ... Freshman F Alex Killorn leads the team in scoring with eight points (2g, 6a) in 10 games ... Senior F Nick Coskren has scored a team-high four goals ... Freshman G Matt Hoyle has appeared in every game this season and is 4-4-2 with a 2.09 goals against average and a .929 save percentage ... Harvard’s four wins this season have come against ECAC Hockey foes Dartmouth, RPI, Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Harvard Coaching Staff: Former NHLer Ted Donato (Harvard ‘91) is in his fifth year as the head coach of his alma mater and is 77-56-13 (.572).
Donato is assisted by Sean McCann (Harvard ‘94) and Patrick Foley (New Hampshire ‘04).
The All-Time Series With Harvard: UND holds a 6-2-1 (.722) edge in the all-time series, which began in the 1950-51 season and has featured a pair of matchups in the NCAA semifinals (1958, 1987), both of which were won by the Sioux.
The last time Harvard and UND clashed was Dec. 29-30, 2005, when the two teams split a series in Grand Forks. UND dropped the opener 1-0 before rebounding with a 3-2 win the following day.
Refer to page 2 of this release for more information on the all-time series between UND and Cornell.
UND's Last Action: The Sioux battled 12th-ranked Cornell to a non-conference split last weekend in Grand Forks, winning 7-3 on Friday and losing 2-1 on Saturday.
On Friday, UND rode a Matt Frattin (So., Edmonton, Alberta) hat trick and a five-point night (1g, 4a) by junior D Chay Genoway (Morden, Manitoba) to hand the Big Red their first loss of the season. Genoway also scored the game-winning goal, his first goal of the season.
Senior forwards Ryan Duncan (Calgary, Alberta) and Ryan Martens (Selkirk, Manitoba) each added power-play tallies for the Sioux, who went a season-best 3-for-7 with the man advantage.
Frattin, who also added an assist, combined with linemates Jason Gregoire (Fr., Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Evan Trupp (So., Anchorage, Alaska) for 10 points. Gregoire had three assists while Trupp added a goal and two assists.
Cornell’s Colin Greening scored a power-play goal with 3:23 remaining in the third period to lift the Big Red to the 2-1 win on Saturday.
UND freshman F Brett Hextall (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) scored the lone Sioux goal, while Genoway collected his fifth assist of the weekend.
Freshman G Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) started both games for the Sioux, making 21 saves in Friday’s win and 28 saves in Saturday’s defeat.
Poll Position: UND is unranked this week in both the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
Please see page 4 for a complete look at both national polls, as well as the weekly InsideCollegeHockey.com power rankings.
Fratt Trick: Sophomore F Matt Frattin (Edmonton, Alberta) collected his first collegiate hat trick and added an assist for a career-high four points in last Friday’s 7-3 win over No. 12 Cornell.
Frattin became the first player in 10 years to notch a hat trick against the Big Red, a span that covered 328 games, and helped the Sioux hand Cornell its first loss of the season. The three-goal performance was also the first multi-goal game by a Sioux player this season.
Frattin, who was also a +3 in Friday’s game, is now tied for the team lead with five goals this season, all of which have come in the last five games. Prior to that current five-game stretch, Frattin scored four goals in his first 51 career games.
Frattin was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance.
UND’s Life Line: Entering Friday’s game against Cornell, the Sioux had been averaging just 2.3 goals per game and were facing the nation’s top-ranked defensive team in the Big Red, who had given up less than a goal per game.
But Frattin and linemates Jason Gregoire (Fr., Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Evan Trupp (So., Anchorage, Alaska) combined for 10 points and led a seven-goal outburst that was the most scored against Cornell in a decade.
Gregoire enjoyed his first career three-point game with a trio of assists, while Trupp chipped in with a goal and two assists, also enjoying his first three-point game.
The line also combined for a +9 plus/minus rating.
Five for No. 5: Junior D Chay Genoway (Morden, Manitoba) also enjoyed a career performance in Friday’s win, scoring the game-winning goal and adding four assists for a career five points.
Genoway became the first Sioux to player to score five points in a game since Brandon Bochenski achieved the feat against Minnesota on Nov. 7, 2004. His five points were also the most by a Sioux defenseman since Travis Roche notched six against Minnesota on Nov. 10, 2000. Roche and Bill Himmelright (Feb. 19, 1977) are the only Sioux defensemen to ever score six points in a game.
Genoway, who has nine points (1g, 8a) in his last four games, has taken over the team scoring lead with 14 points and ranks fourth nationally in points per game (1.08).
Genoway’s goal against Cornell, his first of the season, was the fifth game-winning goal of his career, tying him with former All-American Ian Kidd (1985-87) for third all-time at UND among defensemen (see next page for complete list).
Eids Wide Shut: Freshman G Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) started both games last weekend against Cornell and has now appeared in 11 straight games, the longest such streak by a Sioux freshman since Aaron Schweitzer played in the final 18 games of UND’s 1996-97 NCAA championship season.
The school record for consecutive appearances by a freshman goalie is believed to be held by Scott Brower (1984-88), who played in 24 straight games during the 1984-85 season (research in progress).
In 12 games this season (11 starts), Eidsness is 5-5-1 with a 2.80 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
Daft Dunc: Senior F Ryan Duncan (Calgary, Alberta) scored his 70th career goal last Friday against Cornell, giving him 144 career points and moving him into a tie for 27th place on UND’s all-time scoring list (see left).
The goal was Duncan’s 31st career power-play tally, putting him within one of Bob Joyce (1984-87) for fifth all-time at UND (see left).
In 14 games this season, Duncan is tied for the team lead with five goals and ranks second in scoring with 11 points.
Miller's Time: On Nov. 7 at Colorado College, senior Brad Miller (Alpharetta, Ga.) was moved to defense for the first time in his career. In seven games played on the blueline since the switch, Miller has one goal and six assists for seven points and is a +4.
Jones-ing for a Goal: Senior D Zach Jones (Lisle, Ill.) remains in search of the elusive first goal of his career after 143 games played. Jones, who owns a career plus/minus rating of +26, has played in more games without scoring a goal than any player in UND hockey history.
The defensive-minded Jones has not collected an assist in his last 56 games. The last time he picked up a point was on March 25, 2007 when he notched an assist in the NCAA West Region championship against Minnesota.
Power Surge: In back-to-back games against Wisconsin (Nov. 1) and Colorado College (Nov. 7), the Sioux went a combined 0-for-9 on the power-play to drop their power-play success rate to 10.2 percent (5-for-49).
Since that time, UND has scored at least one power-play goal in seven straight games, including four games with at least two power-play tallies. Last Friday, the Sioux went a season-best 3-for-7 in a 7-3 win over No. 12 Cornell.
During this current seven-game stretch, UND is 12-for-59 with the man advantage, a 21.6 percent success rate.
5-on-5...Finally: When sophomore F Matt Frattin (Edmonton, Alberta) scored 3:55 into the first period last Friday, it ended UND’s drought without a 5-on-5 goal at 286 minutes and 32 seconds.
Prior to Frattin’s goal, UND had not scored a 5-on-5 goal since the second period of its Nov. 8 game at Colorado College.
Redlines, Bluelines and Bloodlines: UND’s 2008-09 roster includes an astounding eight players who have had family members previously play for the Fighting Sioux: defensemen Chay Genoway (Jr., Morden, Manitoba) and Zach Jones (Sr., Lisle, Ill.) and forwards Ryan Martens (Sr., Selkirk, Manitoba), Mario Lamoureux (Fr., Grand Forks), Darcy Zajac (Jr., Winnipeg, Manitoba), Ryan Duncan (Sr., Calgary, Alberta), David Toews (Fr., Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Brett Hextall (Fr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.).
Duncan’s father, Bob, was a forward at UND from 1968-71 and scored 76 points in 88 career games.
Feeling a Draft: UND’s 2008-09 roster includes 13 players who have been drafted by National Hockey League teams. The group includes goalie Brad Eidsness (Buffalo), defensemen Joe Finley (Washington), Derrick LaPoint (Florida), Corey Fienhage (Buffalo) and Ben Blood (Ottawa) and forwards Andrew Kozek (Atlanta), Jason Gregoire (New York Islanders), David Toews (New York Islanders), Matt Watkins (Dallas), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Brad Malone (Colorado), Brett Hextall (Phoenix) and Chris VandeVelde (Edmonton).
A total of 21 Fighting Sioux have been drafted during the tenure of fifth-year head coach Dave Hakstol, including first-rounders Finley (2005), Brian Lee (Ottawa, 2005) and T.J. Oshie (2005) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago, 2006).
He Can Hak It: Fifth-year Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol accomplished something last season only two other coaches in the history college hockey have done: lead his team to the NCAA Frozen Four in each of his first four seasons behind the bench.
Hakstol joined Boston University’s Jack Parker and Minnesota’s Doug Woog as the only coaches to achieve the feat, in the process becoming a four-time Spencer Penrose Award national finalist.
Hakstol enters this weekend with a 110-63-16 (.624) record behind the Sioux bench and ranks fourth on the school’s all-time wins list.
Sea to Shining Sea: So much for the notion that hockey is a "regional sport." Feshman F Brett Hextall (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) is the first-ever California native to play hockey for UND.
A pair of Hextall’s Sioux teammates already hold similar distinctions. Senior F Brad Miller (Alpharetta, Ga.) is the first-ever Georgia native to play hockey for the Fighting Sioux and sophomore F Brad Malone (Miramichi, New Brunswick) is the first Sioux to hail from New Brunswick.
Oh Captain, My Captain: Senior F Ryan Duncan (Calgary, Alberta) will serve as captain of the 2008-09 Fighting Sioux. Senior F Matt Watkins (Aylesbury, Saskatchewan) and senior D Joe Finley (Edina, Minn.) and Zach Jones (Lisle, Ill.) were named assistant captains.
The Professionals: Entering this week, 14 former Fighting Sioux have seen action in the National Hockey League this season, including: Ryan Bayda (Carolina) Jason Blake (Toronto), Mike Commodore (Columbus), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), David Hale (Phoenix), Ryan Johnson (Vancouver), Brian Lee (Ottawa), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Landon Wilson (Dallas) and Travis Zajac (New Jersey)
Additionally, four former Sioux can be found in the NHL coaching ranks, including Dallas head coach Dave Tippett, Dallas assistant coach Rick Wilson, Buffalo assistant coach James Patrick and Phoenix video coach Steve Peters.