This Week: The Fighting Sioux (7-8-1, 4-5-1 WCHA) return to WCHA competition this weekend when they host 17th-ranked St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. on Friday and at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday.
UND enters the weekend in ninth place in the WCHA with nine points, one point behind the seventh-place Huskies, who have won seven of their last nine games.
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.
Both games will be broadcast on the Fighting Sioux Sports Network (Ch. 23 in Grand Forks), and Friday’s game can also be seen on WDAZ (ABC, Ch. 8 in Grand Forks).
A video webcast of every home game can be purchased at FightingSioux.com, the official online home of UND athletics. FREE live stats and FREE audio are also available at FightingSioux.com.
About St. Cloud State: The 17th-ranked Huskies are coming off of a home-and-home sweep of Minnesota State last weekend. SCSU downed the Mavericks 4-2 on Friday in Mankato and 6-2 on Saturday in St. Cloud ... Husky junior F Ryan Lasch was named WCHA Offensive Player of the week after a five-point series against MSU. Lasch’s goal on Saturday halted a personal 14-game goal-scoring skid ... Sophomore F Garrett Roe leads the nation in scoring (25 points) and points per game (1.56). Roe has nine goals and 16 assists in 16 games ... F Jared Festler is tied for second in the WCHA rookie scoring race with 15 points in 15 games ... Junior G Jase Weslosky, who stopped 51 of 55 shots last weekend against MSU, ranks second in the WCHA in save percentage (.926) and fourth in goals against average (2.32).
SCSU Head Coach: Bob Motzko (SCSU Ď87) is in his fourth year as the head coach of his alma mater and is 73-49-16 (.587).
The All-Time Series With SCSU: UND holds a 47-26-10 (.627) edge in the all-time series, including a 24-11-5 advantage at home, and have lost just once in the last 10 meetings overall (5-1-4).
Last season the two teams skated to a pair of overtime ties in Grand Forks, while splitting the series in St. Cloud.
Refer to page 2 of this release for more information on the all-time series between UND and St. Cloud State.
UND’s Last Action: The Sioux are coming off of a four-game non-conference stretch, most recently sweeping Harvard last weekend. UND defeated the host Crimson 10-1 and 4-3 behind a power-play that went 7-for-14 on the weekend.
Senior F Ryan Martens (Selkirk, Manitoba) had a career-high five points in Friday’s 10-1 win, scoring twice and adding three assists. Linemates Matt Watkins (Sr., Aylesbury, Saskatchewan) and Darcy Zajac (Winnipeg, Manitoba) had two goals and an assist and two assists, respectively. Senior D Brad Miller (Alpharetta, Ga.) had a goal and three assists from the blueline, while senior D Zach Jones (Lisle, Ill.) and freshman F David Toews (Winnipeg, Manitoba) each tallied their first career goal. Freshman G Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) stopped a career-high 39 shots and helped the Sioux kill all five Crimson power-plays.
Sophomore F Matt Frattin (Edmonton, Alberta) scored the game-winner on the power-play with 12:27 remaining in the third period on Saturday to cap the sweep for the Sioux.
Toews and senior F Ryan Duncan (Calgary, Alberta) each picked up a goal and an assist, while Eidsness turned aside another 33 shots.
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.
Eids Wide Shut: Freshman G Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) was named WCHA Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after his performance at Harvard.
Eidsness, a Buffalo Sabres draft pick, stopped 72 of the 76 shots he faced against the Crimson, leading the Sioux to their first series sweep of the season. Eidsness also appeared in his 12th and 13th consecutive games in goal, the longest streak by a Sioux freshman since Aaron Schweitzer played in the final 18 games of UND’s 1996-97 national championship season. The school record for a consecutive appearances by a freshman goalie is 32, set by Peter Waselovich in 1973-74.
Over his last eight games, Eidsness is 4-2-1 with a 2.01 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Perfect 10: UND’s 10 goals last Friday at Harvard were the most scored by the Sioux since a 10-1 win at Minnesota State on Feb. 21, 2004.
Senior Moment: UND’s seven seniors combined for 19 points (7g, 12a) in last Friday’s 10-1 win at Harvard. Senior F Ryan Martens (Selkirk, Manitoba) led the group with a career-high five points, doubling the five points he had tallied all season prior.
Defense Mechanism: The Sioux also received at least one point from all six defensemen in the lineup last Friday, paced by Brad Miller’s (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.) goal and three assists.
Freshman D Corey Fienhage (Apple Valley, Minn.) collected his first collegiate point with an assist, while sophomores Derrick LaPoint (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Jake Marto (Grand Forks) each picked up their first point of the season with an assist.
Mr. Jones: Perhaps the most notable moment in Friday’s 10-1 win at Harvard was the first career goal for senior D Zach Jones (Lisle, Ill.), whose 143-game streak without a goal was the longest in program history.
Jones’ goal on Friday was also his first point in 57 games, dating back to the 2007 NCAA regional.
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 nine straight games, including six games with at least two power-play tallies. Last weekend the Sioux went 7-for-14 in their two-game sweep at Harvard.
During this current nine-game stretch, UND is 19-for-73 with the man advantage, a 26.0 percent success rate.
UND’s power-play is up to 19.7 percent for the season, which ranks third in the WCHA.
Offense From the Defense: UND’s leading scorers entering this weekend’s series against St. Cloud State are defensemen Chay Genoway (Jr., Morden, Manitoba) and Brad Miller (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.), who have scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Genoway enters the week riding a six-game point streak (2g, 9a), which matches a career high, while Miller (2g, 6a) is in the midst of a personal-best five-game scoring streak.
Miller and Genoway are each averaging 1.07 points per game, which ranks third nationally among defensemen.
In 10 games since being moved to the blueline, Miller has racked up two goals and 10 assists and is a team-leading +5 during that span.
Daft Dunc: Senior captain Ryan Duncan (Calgary, Alberta) enjoyed a three-point (1g, 2a) weekend at Harvard, enabling him to land in the top 25 on UND’s all-time scoring list. (see left).
Duncan’s lone goal against Harvard was the 32nd power-play tally of his career, tying him with Bob Joyce (1984-87) for fifth all-time at UND (see left).
In 16 games this season, Duncan has six goals and eight assists for 14 points, and is tied for the team lead with four-power play goals, which is tied for sixth in the WHCA with teammate Matt Frattin (So., Edmonton, Alberta).
Duncan’s 147 career points lead all active NCAA Division I men’s hockey players.
Fratt Party: After opening the season without a goal in his first eight games, sophomore F Matt Frattin (Edmonton, Alberta) has exploded for seven goals in his last seven games.
Frattin now has a team-leading seven goals this season and is tied for the team lead with four power-play goals, which is tied for sixth in the WCHA with teammate Ryan Duncan (Sr., Calgary, Alberta).
Freshman Firsts: Freshman F David Toews (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored his first collegiate goal last Friday at Harvard, then followed up the next day with his first multi-point outing, collecting a goal and an assist.
Toews scored the game-tying goal in the third period of Saturday’s 4-3 win, then assisted on Matt Frattin’s (So., Edmonton, Alberta) game-winner 90 seconds later.
Getting Over the Slump: Several Fighting Sioux broke out of their scoring doldrums last weekend at Harvard.
Senior F Andrew Kozek (Sicamous, British Columbia) had a goal and two assists on Friday, snapping an eight-game goal-scoring drought and a six-game skid without a point.
Senior F Matt Watkins (Aylesbury, Saskatchewan) had two goals and an assist on Friday, his first goals in 11 games and his first points in eight games.
Senior F Darcy Zajac (Winnipeg, Manitoba) had his first career two-assist game on Friday, ending a seven-game point skid.
Sophomore D Derrick LaPoint (Eau Claire, Wis.) had an assist on Friday, halting an 18-game drought without a point.
Sophomore D Jake Marto (Grand Forks) registered an assist on Friday to put an end to a 14-game skid without a point.
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.
Genoway’s brother, Colby, was a forward at UND from 2002-05 and scored 81 points in 115 career games. He is currently playing in Finland after three seasons in the American Hockey League.
Hextall’s great uncle, Dennis, was a forward at UND from 1964-66 and scored 101 career points in 63 career games. Hextall’s hockey bloodlines extend to his father (Ron), grandfather (Bryan Jr.) and great grandfather (Bryan Sr.), each of whom enjoyed lengthy NHL careers.
Jones’ brother, Matt, was a defenseman for the Sioux from 2002-05 and scored 52 points in 162 career games. He now plays in the Phoenix Coyotes’ system.
Lamoureux’s brother, Jean-Pierre, was a goalie at UND from 2004-08 and is the school’s all-time co-leader in goals against average (2.14). His father, Pierre, was a goalie for the Sioux from 1979-82 and was a member of UND’s 1982 NCAA championship team.
Martens’ uncle, Erwin, scored 99 points in 151 career games from 1976-80 and played on UND’s 1980 NCAA championship team.
Toews’ brother, Jonathan, was a forward at UND from 2005-07, scoring 85 points in 76 career games and earning All-America honors in 2007. He is now the captain of the
Zajac’s brother, Travis, scored 96 points in 91 games from 2004-06 and currently plays for the New Jersey Devils.
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 113-64-16 (.627) 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, 15 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), Matt Smaby (Tampa Bay), 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.