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Updated: Saturday 11/16/2011 18:34:42 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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North Dakota
(3-6-1, 1-5-0 WCHA)
at
Bemidji State
(4-7-1, 2-5-1 WCHA)


Nov. 19-20, 2011 • 7:07/5:07 pm CT • Sanford Center (4,373) • Bemidji, Minn.
RADIO: 96.1 The Fox (KQHT-FM) • WEBCAST: www.BSUBeavers.com
TV: Lakeland Public Television, Pine to Prairie Public Television, Minnesota Channel


THIS WEEK: Following a week off, North Dakota (3-6-1, 1-5-0 WCHA) returns to action with a Saturday-Sunday Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Bemidji State (4-7-1, 2-5-1 WCHA).

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Central on Sunday and 5:07 p.m. on Sunday.

BSU enters the week in ninth place in the WCHA and holds a three-point lead over the Fighting Sioux.

MEDIA COVERAGE: 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. Veteran broadcaster Tim Hennessy is in his 31st season as the voice of the Fighting Sioux.

This weekend's games will be broadcast regionally on Lakeland Public Television, Pine to Prairie Public Television and on the Minnesota Channel. Please consult your local listings for availability in your area.

FREE live audio is available at FightingSioux.com and FREE live stats are available at BSUBeavers.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Receive real-time updates during all UND men's hockey games by following
@UNDMHockey.

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: To purchase tickets or for ticket information, visit www.BSUBeavers.com.

ABOUT BSU: The Beavers are coming off of a one-point series against Nebraska Omaha last weekend in Bemidji.

On Friday, Jordan George scored with 58 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime in an eventual 3-3 tie. UNO claimed a 5-1 win in Saturday's series finale.

Defenseman Brad Hunt logged three assists in the UNO series to take the team's lead in both points (10) and assists (8). He is now just four points from reaching 100 for his career, and needs three assists to match Matt Read's school record of 72 during the program's Division I era.

BSU has gone without a power-play goal since Oct. 22 (six games), a streak spanning 15 man-advantage opportunities.

BSU COACHING STAFF: Head coach Tom Serratore (Bemidji State ‘87) is in his his 11th year as head coach of the Beavers and is 182-153-39 (.539).

He is a six-time finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the national coach of the year.

Serratore's staff includes assistant coaches Bert Gilling (Minnesota Duluth ‘99) and Ted Belisle (Bemidji State ‘01), and graduate assistant coach Danny Mackinnon (Acadia ‘10).

SERIES HISTORY: UND has lost just once in 23 all-time meetings with the Beavers, going 21-1-1 (.935). That includes a perfect 7-0-0 record at Bemidji.

UND's lone loss to the Beavers was a 7-5 setback on Feb. 7, 1970, the second meeting between the two programs.

UND swept all four meetings last season, winning a pair of 5-2 October games to open BSU's new Sanford Center, then sweeping the Beavers in Grand Forks in February.

Junior forward Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) leads all active Sioux with seven points (all assists) in four games against BSU. No other Sioux skater has more than three points against the Beavers.

Goalies Aaron Dell (Jr., Airdrie, Alberta) and Brad Eidsness (Sr., Chestermere, Alberta) have each gone 3-0 lifetime against BSU. Dell boasts a 1.73 goals against average and a .906 save percentage, while Eidsness sports a 2.60 goals against average and an .864 save percentage.

UND'S LAST ACTION: Prior to the bye week, UND most recently suffered a pair of losses at then-fifth-ranked Minnesota, falling 2-0 and 3-2 (Nov. 4-5).

The Sioux held a 2-1 lead late in Saturday's game, but suffered the sweep after Minnesota rallied with two goals in the final 6:04. Brock Nelson (So., Warroad, Minn.) and Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.), with his first career goal, accounted for UND's scoring.

It marked the first time UND had been swept in a regular season series at Minnesota since 1996-97. The Sioux went on to win the program's sixth of seven national titles that year

POLL POSITION: UND is unranked in both the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, both of which were released on Monday.

Being unranked is a rare occurence for the Fighting Sioux. It is the first time UND is unranked nationally since last Nov. 3, and the first time the Sioux are unranked 10 or more games into the season since Dec. 18, 2006.

There have been 175 USCHO polls released during head coach Dave Hakstol's seven-plus seasons at UND, and the Fighting Sioux have appeared in 170 of them.

MILESTONE WATCH: UND is just three goals away from reaching 10,000 in program history, which dates back to the 1946-47 season.

DUDE, WE'VE GOT A DELL: Junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) enters the BSU series with a 2.02 goals against average and a .937 save percentage over his last three starts.

That stretch includes a 39-save effort in a 3-2 loss on Nov. 5 at Minnesota, the most saves Dell has ever made in a regular season game and one shy of the career-high 40 he had in UND's WCHA Final Five double-overtime win over Denver last year.

His current hot stretch comes after he had opened the season with a 3.88 goals against average and .823 save percentage in his first six games (five starts).

Dell's career goals against average of 2.02 is the lowest in school history. He was an All-American and the WCHA Goalie of the Year last year after winning a school-record 30 games.

KILL OR BE KILLED: UND's penalty killing was outstanding at Minnesota, holding the Gophers' league-leading power play to just one goal on 14 chances.

The Sioux have now killed 21 of 22 opponent power plays spanning the last 14 periods.

UND ranks fourth in the WCHA in penalty killing (82.6 percent) after leading the league in each of the last two seasons.

IT'S HOW YOU FINISH: At 1-5-0 in the WCHA, the Sioux are off to their slowest 6-game start in league play since starting 1-5-0 in 1975-76.

However, under eighth-year head coach Dave Hakstol, the Sioux have typically played their best hockey after the Christmas break:

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 3-6-1 (.389) ?
Totals 74-55-12 (.567) 116-44-16 (.705)

ON THE DEFENSIVE: When Minnesota rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period on Nov. 5 to defeat UND, it marked the first time the Sioux had lost when leading after two peroids since Dec. 5, 2009, at Minnesota Duluth.

Last season UND went 24-0-2 when leading after two periods.

In the past three years entering this season, UND took a lead into the third period 69 times and lost only three (62-3-4, .928).

SUPER DAVE: UND's 3-1 win over St. Cloud State on Oct. 29 marked Dave Hakstol's 200th WCHA game as UND head coach. He is now 114-69-19 (.611) in league play.

Hakstol enters this weekend with a career overall record of 190-99-28 (.644). His 190 victories rank third all-time at UND behind only John "Gino" Gasparini (392 wins, 1978-94), whom Hakstol played under at UND, and Dean Blais (262, 1994-2004), whom Hakstol succeeded as UND head coach.

With 32 wins last season, UND has reached the 20-win plateau in each of Hakstol's first seven seasons behind the Sioux bench. It was also the third-highest win total in progrma history.

Hakstol's streak of seven straight 20-win seasons is the second-longest in UND history, behind only John "Gino" Gasparini's 13 in a row (1978-79 to 1990-91).

KNIGHT MOVES: Last season, center Corban Knight (Jr., High River, Alberta) broke Zach Parise's single-season school record by winning 59.9 percent of his faceoffs.

This season, Knight appears to be making another run at the record.

Knight has won a team-leading 60..0 percent of his faceoffs through 10 games, slightly ahead of the pace he set last season.

In UND's most recent series at Minnesota (Nov. 4-5), Knight won 35 of 57 faceoffs (61.4 percent).

BLOOD WORK: Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) has played in 110 consecutive games, the longest streak among active Sioux.

Blood has a goal and two assists through the team's first 10 games this season.

Last season Blood led the NCAA with a plus-32 rating.

TROUBLED TEENS: When UND registered 19 shots in a 3-2 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 5, it marked the first time the Sioux had fewer than 20 shots in a game since 5-1 win over Princeton in the 2008 NCAA regional final.

THE COUNT OF DANNY KRISTO: Since opening the 2010-11 season with just five points (1g, 4a) and a minus-6 in his first 17 games, forward Danny Kristo (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) has amassed 35 points (11g, 24a) and a plus-15 in his last 27 games.

He has reached the scoresheet in 21 of those 27 games, including seven of 10 this season.

Through 10 games this season, Kristo leads the team or shares the lead in points (12), goals (four), assists (eight), power-play goals (two), plus/minus (plus-3) and shots on goal (44).

Kristo leads all active Sioux with 76 points (27g, 49a) in 85 career games.

SUPER MARIO: Although he has yet to find the net this season, UND is 12-0-0 all-time when senior captain Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) scores a goal.

Lamoureux's last goal was a short-handed tally in UND's 6-0 win over RPI in the 2011 NCAA Midwest Region semifinal in Green Bay, Wis.

EIDS WIDE SHUT: Senior goalie Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) made his first home start in over a year on Oct. 14, stopping 30 of 31 shots in a 3-1 UND win over No. 17 Maine.

Eidsness hadn't started a game on home ice since Oct. 30, 2010, against Denver. His last start of any kind came in last season's regular season finale at Michigan Tech.

The Oct. 14 start also marked Eidsness' first 30-save effort since Feb. 19, 2010, against Minnesota Duluth.

It was also his 91st career appearance, moving him past Scott Brower (1984-88) for fifth all-time at UND (he has since played another):

Eidsness' next victory will be the 52nd of his career, which would also land him among UND's top five all-time:

Eidsness also ranks fifth all-time at UND in goals against average (2.46), sixth in save percentage (.904), tied for eighth in shutouts (four), ninth in saves (2,038) and 10th in winning percentage (.653).

THE EAGLE SOARS INTO THE HALL: Fighting Sioux legend Ed Belfour made history last Monday 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 (627 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 the Fighting Sioux 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.

WE WERE MERELY FRESHMEN: Forwards Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) and Mark MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia) were both ranked among the top 20 freshman forwards in the country by InsideCollegeHockey.com in October.

Grimaldi was ranked No. 5 and MacMillan was ranked No. 11.
UND's overall freshman class was ranked No. 2 in the nation behind only Miami's.

LOWE'S AND BEHOLD: Brad Eidsness (Sr., Chestermere, Alberta) is one of 20 national candidates for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

On the ice, Eidsness is a two-time All-WCHA selection and is one of only two goalies in UND history (with Karl Goehring) to have won 20 games in each of his first two years.

In the classroom, Eidsness was the 2010-11 men's hockey recipient of the NCAA Elite 88 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at his or her sport's championship site. Already in graduate school pursuing a master's degree in business administration, Eidsness received his bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship last spring. He is a two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-WCHA selection.

An active member of the community, Eidsness has logged significant hours of community service with a variety of organizations in each of his first three years at UND, including the Sioux Kids Club, the National Honor Society, the Northlands Rescue Mission, Pucks for Plates and more.

The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Eidsness' former teammate, Chay Genoway, was a finalist last season for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was named to the 2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award All-America first team.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: UND will travel to Winnipeg on Jan. 7 to face Clarkson in a non-conference game at the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.

Dubbed the ‘U.S. College Hockey Classic,' the game will be UND's first game on Canadian soil in 59 years. It is being held in partnership with Ralph Engelstad Arena and True North Sports & Entertainment Limited (TNSE). Former UND football letterwinner Mark Chipman is the president of TNSE.

The last time UND played a men's hockey game in Canada was Dec. 29-30, 1953, when the Sioux 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 Sioux competed in the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

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. UND is 12-0-0 over the last three years when Lamoureux scores a goal.

Interestingly, Lamoureux's younger sister, Jocelyne, was named captain of UND's women's team earlier this month.

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 the Sioux 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 Sioux 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: The 2011-12 NHL season opened with 14 former Sioux dotting NHL rosters, including: Hunter Bishop (Montreal), Jason Blake (Anaheim), Taylor Chorney (Edmonton, now with St. Louis), Mike Commodore (Detroit), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Brian Lee (Ottawa), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Matt Smaby (Anaheim), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).
Other former Sioux 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 former Sioux 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 former Sioux 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 Los Angeles Kings and forward Drew Stafford (2003-06) was recently named assistant captain of the Buffalo Sabres.

FOREVER SIOUX: 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 the Fighting Sioux.

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 and media relations director Jayson Hajdu (2000).

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, Sioux 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

Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) were both named to the 93X preseason All-WCHA team.

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