#17 North Dakota
(12-9-2, 8-8-0 WCHA)
St. Cloud State
(9-11-4, 6-7-3 WCHA)
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THIS WEEK: North Dakota takes to the road for a key Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series at St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday.
UND enters the week in seventh place in the WCHA with 16 points, one point ahead of eighth-place SCSU and one point behind sixth-place Michigan Tech.
UND has lost just twice in the past 11 games (8-2-1), while the Huskies have just three wins in their past 11 (3-6-2).
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 31st season as the voice of the men's hockey program. Steve Olson provides color analysis. Free audio is available at UNDsports.com.
This weekend's games can be seen in the St. Cloud viewing area on Charter (channel 87), as well as in the Minneapolis (Comcast 23) and St. Paul (Comcast 13) viewing areas.
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TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets remain available for this weekend's series at the National Hockey Center.
For more information, call the SCSU Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-SCSUTIX or 320-308-2137, or visit the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES: St. Cloud State is coming off of a WCHA split with No. 8 Colorado College last weekend in Colorado Springs.
The Huskies lost a 3-1 decision on Friday, and then rallied with a 5-4 overtime victory the following night. Senior Jordy Christian scored the game-winner in OT for the Huskies.
Freshman goalie Ryan Faragher has made 18 consecutive starts for the Huskies, a streak that began with a 4-0 shutout win at UND on Oct. 28.
SCSU COACHING STAFF: Bob Motzko (SCSU ‘87) is in his seventh season at St. Cloud State and is 129-103-33 (.549).
Motzko's coaching staff includes assistant coaches Mike Gibbons (Bemidji State ‘81) and Steve Johnson (North Dakota ‘88).
Johnson starred at UND from 1984-88, amassing 191 points (70g, 121a) in 153 games, which ranks seventh all-time at UND. He was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and a first-team All-American as a senior.
SERIES HISTORY: This weekend will mark the 99th and 100th meetings between the two programs. UND owns a 57-30-11 (.638) advantage in the all-time series.
The two teams split an October series in Grand Forks earlier this year, with the Huskies taking the opener 4-0 before UND rebounded with a 3-1 win to earn the split.
UND has gone 19-8-6 (.667) against the Huskies during Dave Hakstol's eight seasons as head coach.
Junior Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) leads all active skaters with 11 points (4g, 7a) in 11 career games against SCSU.
Goalies Brad Eidsness (Sr., Chestermere, Alberta) and Aaron Dell (Jr., Airdrie, Alberta) have combined for a 10-4-1 lifetime record against the Huskies.
UND'S LAST ACTION: UND is coming off of a home split with Minnesota, winning 2-1 on Friday and losing 6-2 on Saturday.
Junior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) scored his first career goal and sophomore forward Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn.) notched the game-winner with 3:35 remaining in Friday's win.
UND was unable to overcome a 4-0 deficit on Saturday despite cutting the gap to 4-2 at one point. Danny Kristo (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Michael Parks (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) accounted for the team's goals.
The loss ended UND's 5-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) and was just the second defeat in the team's last 11 games (8-2-1).
POLL POSITION: UND maintained its No. 17 ranking in the most recent USCHO.com poll released on Monday.
UND climbed one spot to No. 16 in the latest Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, released on Sunday.
UND remained unranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, but did garner eight votes.
INJURY UPDATES: On Wednesday, head coach Dave Hakstol indicated that UND would be without forwards Derek Rodwell (So., Taber, Alberta), Brendan O'Donnell (Fr., Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.), as well as defenseman Derek Forbort (So., Duluth, Minn.), this weekend.
Hakstol also said that the status of forward Michael Parks (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.), who was injured Saturday night, has yet to be determined.
Grimaldi has missed the last 13 games, and 19 of 23 games this season, due to a knee injury.
O'Donnell suffered an upper body injury last Saturday, while Forbort has missed the last three games after suffering a lower body injury while playing at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Earlier this month, Hakstol announced Rodwell would miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury that requires surgery.
Six players have combined to miss 38 games due to injury so far this season:
Rocco Grimaldi, 19
Brendan O'Donnell, 6
Derek Rodwell, 4
Derek Forbort, 3
Corban Knight, 3
Mario Lamoureux, 3
WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: Despite last Saturday's loss to Minnesota, UND has lost just twice in the last 11 games, going 8-2-1 during that stretch.
The other loss during that period was a 2-1 overtime loss to Nebraska Omaha (Dec. 9).
Prior to the Minnesota loss, UND had been riding a 5-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1).
IT'S HOW YOU FINISH: With just one loss in five games to start the second half, 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) 3-1-1 (.700)
Totals 80-57-12 (.577) 118-45-17 (.703)
SUPER DAVE: With 199 career wins, Dave Hakstol is on the verge of joining John "Gino" Gasparini (392 wins, 1978-94) and Dean Blais (262 wins, 1994-2004) as the only UND coaches to win 200 games.
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).
DAN THE MAN: With 98 career games under his belt, junior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) is on pace to play in his 100th career game Saturday in St. Cloud.
Kristo leads all active UND players with 89 career points, and this season is tied with Brock Nelson (So., Warroad, Minn.) for the team scoring lead with 25 points.
Kristo would become the fifth active UND player to reach the 100-games milestone, joining seniors Ben Blood (141 GP) and Mario Lamoureux (129), and juniors Andrew MacWilliam (103) and Corban Knight (101).
Knight reached the milestone last Friday against Minnesota.
BIG MAC ATTACK: It took him 102 career games to do it, but junior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) scored his first career goal in last Friday's 2-1 win over Minnesota.
The goal tied the game at 1-1 with just nine seconds left in the second period.
The following night, MacWilliam added an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to three games, which is the longest active streak on the team and matches the longest of his career.
MacWilliam also put together a 3-game point streak last season from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, when he had one assist in three straight games.
In 23 games this season, MacWilliam has a goal and three assists. He had just one assist in his first 20 games.
BROCK AND ROLL: Sophomore forward Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn.) remains tied for the NCAA lead with nine power-play goals despite having gone the last seven games without one.
Last year's team leader, Hobey Baker Award finalist and first-team All-American Matt Frattin, had 10 in 44 games.
Through 23 games this season, Nelson leads UND with 16 goals and is tied for the team scoring lead (with Danny Kristo) with 25 points.
Nelson had eight goals and 13 assists in 42 games as a freshman.
SUPER MARIO: Senior captain Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) drew an assist in each game against Minnesota, the first time he has reached the scoresheet in consecutive games since last year's NCAA Midwest Regional against RPI and Denver.
Lamoureux's assist on Friday snapped a personal 7-game point drought, and was his first point since scoring the game-winning goal on Nov. 19 in a 5-2 win at Bemidji State.
CROWDED HOUSE: Saturday's series against Minnesota drew UND's two largest home crowds of the 2011-12 season.
Friday's announced attendance was 11,846, while the following night's game drew another season-high at 11,964.
UND is averaging 11,186 fans per game in the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena.
CHILLIN' LIKE DILLON: Although he failed to reach the scoresheet in the Minnesota series, sophomore defenseman Dillon Simpson (Edmonton, Alberta) has 11 points (all assists) in his last 14 games.
He had been held without a point through the first nine games of the season.
Simpson leads UND in plus/minus with a +9.
GET CARTER: Junior forward Carter Rowney (Sexsmith, Alberta) enjoyed the first 2-goal game of his career in a Jan. 7 win over Clarkson, scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals in the second period 3 minutes, 18 seconds apart.
Rowney now has a career-high 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 23 games season after amassing 13 points over his first two years combined.
After opening the season with five points (2g, 3a) in the first 12 games, Rowney has nine points (5g, 4a) in his last 11 games.
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.
NICK OF TIME: Freshman Nick Mattson (Chanhassen, Minn.) assisted on Carter Rowney's (Jr., Sexsmith, Alberta) game-winning goal Jan. 7 against Clarkson to give him 13 points (5g, 8a) in 23 games this season.
Mattson's 13 points lead all UND freshmen and defensemen.
Mattson ranks third among WCHA rookie defensemen in scoring, trailing only Denver's Joey LaLeggia (24 points) and St. Cloud State's Andrew Prochno (16).
Mattson's second of two goals in a 4-4 tie against Harvard (Dec. 30). was the first short-handed goal by a UND defenseman since Derrick LaPoint on Oct. 16, 2009, against Minnesota.
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 balltoing.
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 21 games this season, registering two goals and eight assists. 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 139 games played and has appeared in 121 straight games. His career rating of +40 also tops all active UND players. 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 is tied for the team scoring lead with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 21 games and leads the team with three game-winning goals. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native has figured in on seven of UND's 11 game-winning goals this season, scoring three and assisting on four. He is also tied for the team lead among forwards with a +5 rating and has enjoyed eight multi-point games this season. The 2009-10 WCHA Rookie of the Year, Kristo is UND's active scoring leader with 88 points (34g, 54a) in 96 career games.
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.
DUDE, WE'VE GOT A DELL: Junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) earned a 26-save shutout in UND's 1-0 win over Nebraska Omaha (Dec. 10) to close out the first half of the season. It was his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career, which ranks fourth all-time at UND:
Dell was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week following the UNO series.
EIDS WIDE SHUT: Senior goalie Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta) stopped 26 of 28 shots in a Dec. 2 win at UAA to earn his 53rd career victory.
That moved Eidsness past former NHLer Jon Casey (1980-84) and 1997 NCAA champion Toby Kvalevog (1993-97) for sole possession of fifth all-time at UND:
Last Saturday against Minnesota, Eidsness stopped seven of eight third-period shots in relief of Aaron Dell (Jr., Airdrie, Alberta). It was Eidsness' 95th career appearance, which also ranks fifth in school history (see top right):
Eidsness also ranks fifth all-time at UND in goals against average (2.45), sixth in save percentage (.904), tied for eighth in shutouts (four), ninth in saves (2,084) and 10th in winning percentage (.661).
In six games (three starts) this season, Eidsness is 3-1-0 and leads the team in goals against average (2.48) and save percentage (.915).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Fourteen 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), and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).
Two other players -- Hunter Bishop (Montreal) and Matt Smaby (Anaheim) -- opened the season on NHL rosters, but have yet to play due to injury.
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.
UND ON CANADIAN TV: It was announced on Jan. 10 that a minimum of three UND men's hockey games will be televised on theScore throughout Canada in the next two months.
All three games will be Friday night contests seen on a tape-delay basis on Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
The first game was last Friday's tilt against Minnesota, followed by the UND and Wisconsin game on Jan. 28th and Minnesota State and UND on March 3rd.
If UND hosts a first-round Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) playoff series, the first game of the series will be seen on March 10.
UND played its first men's hockey game in Canada in 59 years when it defeated Clarkston 3-1 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Jan. 7.
theScore Television Network is a national television channel available in more than 6.8 million homes across Canada.
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
Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) were both named to the 93X preseason All-WCHA team.
UND NICKNAME AND LOGO: On Jan. 1, 2012, the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo were officially retired by the University.
UND's varsity athletics teams will operate without an official nickname or corresponding logo until at least Jan. 1, 2015, as mandated by the North Dakota State Legislature.