(2-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA)
#4 North Dakota
(1-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA)
Oct. 26-27, 2012 • 7:37/7:07 pm CT • Ralph Engelstad Arena (11,634) • Grand Forks, N.D.
Radio: 96.1 FM The Fox (KQHT-FM) • Webcast: UNDSports.com
TV: Midco Sports Network, FOX College Sports Central
THIS WEEK: North Dakota (1-1-0) opens WCHA play this weekend when it hosts Alaska Anchorage (2-1-0) on Friday and Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The series kicks off a 4-game homestand for UND, which will host Boston University next weekend.
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 Hockey Radio Network. Veteran broadcaster Tim Hennessy is in his 34th season as the voice of the men's hockey program. Steve Olson serves as color analyst for home games. Free audio is available at UNDSports.com.
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TICKET INFORMATION: Reserved seating and general admission tickets remain avaialble for both games this weekend. The additional tickets became available as a result of unclaimed student tickets, as well as tickets unused by Alaska Anchorage.
Tickets can be purchased at the UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or at Ticketmaster.com.
ABOUT ALASKA ANCHORAGE: The Seawolves are 2-1-1 through four non-conference games this season.
UAA rebounded from last Fridays' 5-0 loss to UND to defeat Merrimack 6-3 the following night. The Seawolves notched a pair of shorthanded goals in the win.
Sophomore forward Scott Allen, who was named to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush All-Tournament Team, has a team-leading three goals in four games this season.
A familiar name to UND fans will be that of freshman forward Hayden Trupp, the younger brother of former Fighting Sioux forward Evan Trupp (2007-11).
UAA COACHING STAFF: Dave Shyiak (Northern Michigan ‘93) is in his eighth year behind the UAA bench and is 79-153-28 (.358).
His staff includes associate head coach Campbell Blair (Maine ‘91), assistant coach T.J. Jindra (Notre Dame ‘07) and goaltending coach Scott Johnson (Minnesota Duluth).
SERIES HISTORY: The two teams met last Friday at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks, where UND won 5-0.
After last Friday's win, UND is 45-17-4 (.712) all-time against the Seawolves and has won five straight. UND is 26-3-3 (.859) against UAA in Grand Forks.
Senior forward Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) leads all active UND players with nine points (3-6) in seven career games against UAA.
POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 4 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls released on Monday.
UND had previously been ranked No. 2 in both polls.
See page 3 for complete poll information.
LAST ACTION: UND opened the regular season by splitting its two games at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks, a 5-0 win over Alaska Anchorage and a 2-1 loss to Alaska.
Sophomore forward Mark MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia), junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) and freshman defenseman Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) each made the all-tournament team.
MacMillan notched his first career 2-goal game in Friday's win, while Schmaltz collected the first goal and assist of his career in the same game, while also recording a plus-3. Saunders stopped all 21 shots he faced on Friday for his first career shutout and finished the tournament with 51 saves on 53 shots.
Freshman forward Colten St. Clair (Gilbert, Ariz.) scored UND's lone goal in Saturday's loss, the first goal of St. Clair's collegiate career.
OPENING ACT: North Dakota has won 10 straight home openers, with the last loss coming in 2001-02 in the first game played at the new Engelstad Arena.
Last year, UND made its home debut with a 4-3 win over Air Force on the opening day of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
CONFERENCE CALL: North Dakota is 28-21-4 (.566) all-time in WCHA openers, including last season's 5-3 loss at Wisconsin.
This weekend marks the first time UND will open league play at home since 2009-10, when it took three of four points from Minnesota with a 4-0 win and a 3-3 overtime tie.
INJURY INFO: Sophomore forward Michael Parks (St. Louis, Mo.) remains sidelined indefinitely with a lower body injury that he suffered during UND's exhibition game against Manitoba on Oct. 6.
ROSTER REINFORCEMENTS: Despite the absence of Parks, North Dakota will have the luxury of a full lineup on Friday night for the first time since Dec. 9, 2011, against Nebraska Omaha, a span of 27 straight games without a healthy scratch.
Last Friday at Alaska Anchorage, UND was forced to play with just 15 skaters, including only nine forwards, due to injuries and suspensions. The nine forwards went into that game with a combined 22 career goals.
UND played the following night with 16 skaters, including 11 at forward.
In 2011-12, injuries forced UND to dress fewer than 18 skaters on 14 occasions throughout the season, yet UND was able to go an incredible 11-3 during those games.
CLARKE MAKES HIS MARK: Junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) was UND's nominee for WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after making history in his UND debut last weekend.
Saunders stopped all 21 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over Alaska Anchorage last Friday to earn his first collegiate shutout.
Saunders also became just the third goalie in program history to record a road shutout in his UND debut, joining Aaron Dell (10/23/09 at Alaska Anchorage) and Billy Kriski (11/04/72 at Michigan Tech).
Dell became just the seventh UND goalie overall to post a shutout in his collegiate debut, home or away. None of the previous six went on to repeat the feat in their second start.
Through the first two games, Saunders has stopped 51 of 53 shots for a .962 save percentage. He ranks third in the WCHA in save percentage and goals against average (1.01).
CAPTAIN'S LOG: Senior captain Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) played in his 123rd career game last Saturday, which leads all active WCHA players and is tied for third nationally with Miami defenseman Joe Hartman.
Only Michigan forwards Kevin Lynch (131 GP) and A.J. Treais (129) have played in more games among active NCAA Division I skaters.
THE COUNT OF DANNY KRISTO: Senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.), who did not play last weekend, ranks second among active WCHA players and third among active NCAA DI players with 109 career points in 117 games played.
Only Yale's Andrew Miller (115 points) and Colorado College's Rylan Schwartz (110) have more.
Miller, Schwartz and Kristo are the only active NCAA DI players to have reached 100 career points.
Last season Kristo achieved career highs in every offensive category, including points (45) and goals (19).
In two exhibition games in October, Kristo led the team in points (five) and assists (three), while tying for the team lead in goals (two) and plus/minus (+4).
A KNIGHT'S TALE: Senior center Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) is on the verge of joining classmate and linemate Kristo in UND's 100-point club.
Knight has 97 career points in 120 career games and is bidding to become the 84th player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau.
FIRSTS IN FAIRBANKS: Several freshmen recorded career firsts last weekend at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Alaska.
Freshmen Bryn Chyzyk (Virden, Manitoba) and Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) each recorded their first goal and assist in Friday's 5-0 win over Alaska Anchorage.
Redshirt freshman Colten St. Clair (Gilbert, Ariz.) tallied his first collegiate goal the following night in a 2-1 loss to Alaska.
In addition to Chyzyk, Schmaltz and St. Clair, freshman forwards Coltyn Sanderson (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) and Drake Caggiula (Pickering, Ontario) also made their collegiate debuts.
TALL ‘TENDER: At 6-foot-2, junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) is tied with Corey Cadden (1990-92) as the tallest goalie in UND men's hockey history.
Saunders, who transferred to UND from Alabama-Huntsville prior to the season, posted a solid .906 save percentage and an NCAA-leading 34 saves per game as a sophomore for a UAH team that went 2-28-1.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: UND's two exhibition games marked the return to the lineup for forwards Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.), Derek Rodwell (Jr., Taber, Alberta) and Brendan O'Donnell (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba), each of whom suffered season-ending injuries last year.
Grimaldi, who retained his freshman status after playing in only four games last year, scored twice in last Friday's win over the U.S. Under-18 Team and lead UND with nine shots on goal in the two exhibition games.
Neither Rodwell nor O'Donnell reached the scoresheet during the exhibition games.
HELLO, MY NAME IS: UND's 2012-13 roster features seven newcomers, including five incoming freshmen, one returning freshman, and one junior transfer.
The incoming freshmen include forwards Drake Caggiula (Pickering, Ontario), Bryn Chyzyk (Virden, Manitoba) and Coltyn Sanderson (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan), goalie Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.), and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.).
Schmaltz was a first-round draft pick of St. Louis in June, while Gothberg was taken by Boston in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.
The returning freshman is forward Colten St. Clair (Gilbert, Ariz.), who sat out the entire 2011-12 season due to an NCAA eligibility issue.
The junior transfer is goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario), who came to UND after two seasons at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Last season, Saunders posted a solid .906 save percentage and an NCAA-leading 34 saves per game for a UAH team that went 2-28-1.
An eighth player, junior forward Mitch MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia), will be eligible to play for UND in January. MacMillan transferred to UND last January after a season-and-a-half at St. Cloud State. He is the older brother of UND sophomore forward Mark MacMillan.
CONFERENCE CALL: In the preseason WCHA media poll released in September by 94X of Duluth, North Dakota was ranked No. 2 behind only defending regular season champion Minnesota:
2012-13 94X Radio
WCHA Media Preseason Poll
Rk Team (1st place votes) Pts/Vote
1. Minnesota (24) 11.92
2. North Dakota (1) 10.76
3. Denver 9.92
4. Wisconsin 7.8
5. Minnesota Duluth 6.88
6. St. Cloud State 6.84
7. Colorado College 6.08
8. Nebraska Omaha 5.48
9. Michigan Tech 5.2
10. Minnesota State 3.6
11. Bemidji State 2.48
12. Alaska Anchorage 1.04
POY: Nick Bjugstad, So., F, Minnesota
ROY: Rocco Grimaldi, F, North Dakota
UND forward Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.) received the rare distinction of earning preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year honors for the second straight year. Grimaldi was the consensus choice for preseason rookie of the year last season before missing all but four games with a knee injury.
Grimaldi, who had one goal and one assist in those four games, retained his rookie status for 2012-13.
TUNING UP FOR A TITLE?: With exhibition games against Manitoba and the U.S. Under-18 Team, UND opened the year with two exhibition games for the first time since 1999-2000.
That team opened with wins over Team Canada and Manitoba, a season that culminated with the seventh -- and most recent -- NCAA championship in program history.
FAREWELL SEASON: The 2012-13 season will be UND's last as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Beginning in 2013-14, UND will join the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), which will also consist of Denver, Colorado, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.
Since joining the WCHA in 1959-60, UND leads the league in both regular season (15) and playoff (11) conference championships.
In 2011-12, UND made league history by becoming the first school to win three consecutive Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA Final Five champions.
CAPTAIN CRUNCH: Rugged senior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) was elected team captain in a vote of his teammates earlier this fall.
MacWilliam leads all active WCHA players with 122 games played.
Fellow seniors Corban Knight (High River, Alberta), Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Carter Rowney (Sexsmith, Alberta) will serve as assistant captains.
Both MacWilliam and Knight served as assistant captains as juniors last season.
FEELING A DRAFT: UND's 2012-13 roster features 14 National Hockey League draft picks, including 2012 1st-rounder Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.). The freshman defenseman was taken in the first round (25th overall) by the St. Louis Blues.
Schmaltz is one of two 1st-round picks on UND's roster, joining 2010 selection Derek Forbort (Los Angeles).
UND's other active draft picks include two 2nd-rounders (Rocco Grimaldi, Danny Kristo), two 4th-rounders (Mark MacMillan, Dillon Simpson), three 5th-rounders (Corban Knight, Michael Parks, Derek Rodwell), three 6th-rounders (Zane Gothberg, Nick Mattson, Brendan O'Donnell) and two 7th-rounders (Joe Gleason, Andrew MacWilliam).
MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?: UND advanced to the NCAA postseason tournament for the 10th consecutive season in 2011-12, the second-longest active streak in the NCAA behind only Michigan (22).
It was also the 27th all-time postseason appearance for UND. Head coach Dave Hakstol has now led the program to the NCAA tournament in each of his eight seasons behind the UND bench, including Frozen Four appearances in five of those eight years.
UND continued its playoff dominance under Hakstol, extending its record to is 42-15 in the playoffs (WCHA and NCAA combined) during his tenure, 16 more wins than any other WCHA team during that time.
ONE MORE BROADMOOR: In 2009-10, UND became only the second team in league history to win the Broadmoor Trophy by going 3-0 at the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul.
In 2010-11, UND repeated as champion, this time as the No. 1 seed, to become the WCHA's first repeat playoff champion since Minnesota in 2003 and 2004.
In 2011-12, UND outdid itself by becoming the first team in league history to capture the Broadmoor Trophy three years in a row as WCHA Final Five champions.
After sweeping Bemidji State during the first round of the WCHA Playoffs, UND downed St. Cloud State 4-1 in the WCHA Final Five quarterfinals to set up an epic tilt with rival and fourth-ranked Minnesota in the semifinal.
After trailing 3-0 during the second period, UND got on the board in the middle frame before exploding for five more unanswered goals in the third period of a stunning 6-3 victory.
It was all UND in the championship game, a 4-0 blanking of No. 9 Denver.
Junior goalie Aaron Dell was named the tournament's most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Brock Nelson, Mario Lamoureux, Derek Forbort and Andrew MacWilliam.
TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES: Seventeen former UND players appeared in the NHL last year, tying the program's most since 1993-94.
Those 17 NHLers included: Jason Blake (Anaheim), Taylor Chorney (St. Louis/Edmonton), Mike Commodore (Detroit/Tampa Bay), Joe Finley (Buffalo), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Chay Genoway (Minnesota), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Brian Lee (Ottawa, Tampa Bay), Brad Malone (Colorado), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Chris Vande Velde (Edmonton), Matt Watkins (Phoenix) and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).
Finley, Genoway, Malone and Watkins each made their NHL debuts, while Greene led the Los Angeles Kings to a Stanley Cup championship, defeating Parise, Zajac and the New Jersey Devils in the finals.
NODAK NATION: Furthering the program's reputation as the top draw in men's college hockey, UND led the nation in three attendance categories in 2011-12.
North Dakota led the nation in total attendance (419,981) and average attendance (9,999.5) for all games -- which includes home, away and neutral -- and also led the country in total home attendance (249,501).
UND's average home attendance of 11,341 fans per game ranked second nationally behind only Wisconsin's 11,772.9.
UND played in front of two of the five largest crowds in program history when 12,065 turned out to watch a 1-1 overtime tie with Michigan Tech on Feb. 18, and 12,029 witnessed a 3-0 win over Minnesota State in the regular season finale on March 3. Those two crowds ranked as the fourth and fifth-largest in program history.
SO LONG, SENIORS: UND said goodbye to three seniors following the 2011-12 season: defenseman Ben Blood, goalie Brad Eidsness and forward Mario Lamoureux:
Ben Blood (D)
160 GP, 10 G, 38 A, 48 Pts.
2011-12 All-WCHA Third Team
2010-11 WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team
Led NCAA with a +32 in 2010-11
Three-time All-WCHA Academic Team selection
Played in 142 straight games to end his career
Brad Eidsness (G)
104 GP, 58-27-10, 2.41 GAA, .906 SV%, 5 SHO
2011-12 NCAA and WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient
2011-12 WCHA Most Outstanding Student-Athlete
2011-12 UND Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
2010-11 NCAA Elite 88 Award for men's hockey
2009-10 All-WCHA Second Team
2008-09 All-WCHA Third Team, Rookie Team
Three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete
Three-time All-WCHA Academic team selection
Third-winningest goalie in UND history
Mario Lamoureux (F)
148 GP, 17 G, 29 A, 46 Pts.
2011-12 WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team
Three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection
Two-time recipient of team's Cliff "Fido" Purpur Award for "hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice"
Scored 10,000th goal in program history
Served as team captain as a senior in 2011-12
PRO FILES: Five members of the Fighting Sioux signed professional contracts following the season, three of whom immediately made their pro debuts.
Senior defenseman Ben Blood signed with the Ottawa Senators and made his pro debut with Binghamton of the AHL, while sophomore forward Brock Nelson inked with the New York Islanders and made his debut with their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
Senior captain Mario Lamoureux signed with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL, appearing in two regular season games and four playoff games.
Senior goalie Brad Eidsness signed with the ECHL's Reading Royals, but did not appear in any games.
Over the summer, junior goalie Aaron Dell signed with the ECHL's Colorado Eagles.
ROARING 20s: With 26 victories in 2011-12, UND reached the 20-win plateau for the eighth time in as many seasons under head coach Dave Hakstol.
Only Gino Gasaprini, who won 20 games for 13 straight years from 1978 to 1991, had a longer streak of 20-plus wins at UND.
UND's 3-2 win at SCSU on Jan. 21 was the 200th career victory for Hakstol, enabling him to join 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.