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Updated: Sunday 11/01/2012 09:44:26 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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#12 Boston University
(3-1-0, 3-1-0 HEA)
at
#5 North Dakota
(2-1-1, 1-0-1 WCHA)


Nov. 2-3, 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 (DirecTV 623),
NESN (DirecTV 628), DISH Network 434

THIS WEEK: After opening WCHA play last weekend, fifth-ranked North Dakota (2-1-1) will return to non-conference play this weekend when it hosts 12th-ranked Boston University (3-1-0) on Friday and Saturday.

The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Central on Friday and 7:07 p.m. on Saturday.

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.

This weekend's games can be seen live on Midco Sports Network, FOX College Sports Central, DirecTV 623 and 628, NESN and DISH Network 434.

Video webcasts for every home game can be purchased via UND Insider at UNDSports.com, where free live stats are also available.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Receive real-time updates during all UND men's hockey games by following
@UNDMHockey. Additional coverage can be found at @UNDSports and @UNDSID.

Fans can also follow the action via live chat at UNDSports.com.

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 Boston University.

Tickets can be purchased at the UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or at Ticketmaster.com.

ABOUT THE TERRIERS: Boston University is off to a 3-1-0 start in Hockey East after sweeping a home-and-home series last weekend with Massachusetts, winning 5-2 and 3-2.

Sophomore forward Cason Hohmann is the team's leading scorer through four games with three goals and three assists. Hohmann and senior forward Wade Megan have each scored a team-leading three goals. Megan was BU's leading goal-scorer a year ago with 20.

Freshman Matt O'Connor has made three starts, winning all three, and has a 1.75 goals against average and .945 save percentage.

BU COACHING STAFF: Jack Parker (BU ‘68), a three-time national coach of the year, is in his 40th year behind the BU bench and is 879-457-113 (.646).

His staff includes associate head coach Mike Bavis (BU ‘93), assistant coach Buddy Powers (BU ‘75) and goaltending coach Mike Geragosian (Massachusetts-Lowell ‘75).

SERIES HISTORY: This weekend will mark the first meeting between the two perennial national powers since the 2008 Ice Breaker Tournament in Boston, when the Terriers defeated UND 5-1.


The last time the two teams met in Grand Forks was during the 1996-97 season, when UND claimed a win and a tie en route to the program's sixth of seven NCAA titles.

UND is 1-1-0 against BU under head coach Dave Hakstol, with the victory coming at the 2005 NCAA East Region semifinal in Worcester, Mass., in his first season behind the UND bench.

POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 6 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, both of which were released on Monday.

UND had previously been ranked No. 4 in both polls.

See page 3 for complete poll information.

LAST ACTION: UND is coming off of a win and a tie last weekend against Alaska Anchorage to open the WCHA schedule.

The three-point weekend extended UND's home unbeaten streak to 11 games (9-0-2), although Saturday's tie snapped the team's home winning streak at six games.

In Friday's 4-1 win, senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) dished out three assists to match his career high. Kristo assisted on even-strength goals by Corban Knight (Sr., High River, Alberta) and Derek Forbort (Jr., Duluth, Minn.), as well as a power-play tally by Carter Rowney (Sr., Sexsmith, Alberta).

Freshman forward Drake Caggiula (Pickering, Ontario) scored the other UND goal, and his first career tally held up as the game-winner.

Freshman goalie Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.) made his first career start and stopped 17 of 18 shots for his first collegiate victory.

On Saturday, Forbort scored an extra-attacker goal with 68 seconds remaining in regulation to give UND a 3-3 overtime tie and three of four WCHA points.

Knight and Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.) also scored, while junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) stopped 27 of 30 shots.

INJURY UPDATE: 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.

Parks was UND's Rookie of the Year last season after collecting 12 goals and 10 assists in 42 games.


NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: North Dakota is 41-13-11 (.715) in regular season non-conference games under ninth-year head coach Dave Hakstol.

UND has lost just four of its last 25 regular season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, going 14-4-7 during that stretch:

Year W-L-T Opponents
2004-05 5-1-2 Maine, BC, NE, Canisius, BSU
2005-06 6-2-1 Miami, MSU, NE, UNH, BSU, Harvard
2006-07 6-2-0 Quinnipiac, Maine, Dartmouth, STL, BSU
2007-08 5-1-1 MSU, BC, NE, UNH, BSU
2008-09 5-3-0 BU, UMass, Cornell, Harvard, BSU
2009-10 5-1-2 Merrimack, OSU, Miami, Niagara, ND, Cornell
2010-11 4-2-2 Alaska, Maine, Notre Dame, Robert Morris
2011-12 4-1-2 Air Force, BC, Maine, Harvard, Clarkson
2012-13 1-0-1 Alaska, UAA (BU, Notre Dame, Holy Cross)
Total 41-13-11

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: UND enters the weekend tied with Denver as the best defensive team in the WCHA, allowing just 1.5 goals per game.

That average is also tied for the lowest in the nation among teams that have played more than two games this seaosn.

A TIME TO KILL: Following a perfect 5-for-5 weekend on the penalty kill against Alaska Anchorage, North Dakota has now gone 11-for-12 (91.7 percent) through the first four games of the season.

UND is tied for third in the WCHA in penalty killing behind only Bemidji State (93.8) and Nebraska Omaha (92.0).

A KNIGHT'S TALE: Senior center Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) is on the verge of joining teammate Danny Kristo (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) in UND's 100-point club.

Knight enjoyed a 2-goal weekend against UAA and now has 99 career points, leaving him one shy of becoming the 84th player in program history to join UND's "Century Club:"

Knight has two goals through three games this season and has won 62.8 percent of his faceoffs.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: UND enters the weekend riding an 11-game home unbeaten streak (9-0-2).

DEREK DOUBLES DOWN: After scoring two career goals entering the season, both as a sophomore, junior defenseman Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn.) has scored one goal in each of UND's last two games to double his career total.

Forbort's goal last Saturday came with UND's goalie on the bench for an extra attacker and tied the game with 68 seconds remaining in an eventual 3-3 overtime tie with Alaska Anchorage.

Forbort has two goals and an assist through four games and is a +3.

THE COUNT OF DANNY KRISTO: Senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Kristo had a 4-assist weekend against UAA and reclaimed his spot as the leading active scorer in the WCHA with 113 points in 119 career games.

Only Yale's Andrew Miller (116 points) has more among active NCAA Division I players.

Kristo is one of only seven active DI players with 100 career points:

Kristo also continues to climb UND's career scoring chart, where he currently ranks 61st:

CAPTAIN'S LOG: Senior captain Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) has played in 125 career games, which leads all active WCHA defensemen and ranks sixth nationally among Division I skaters:

MacWilliam has two assists in three games this season and is a +2.

ROCCO ‘ROUND THE CLOCK: Freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) is the only UND player to have reached the scoresheet in all four games this season, and actually owns a 6-game point streak dating back to last season.

Grimaldi leads the team with four points (2g, 2a) in four games this season.

FRESHMAN FIRSTS: Rookie goalie Zane Gothberg (Fr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) made his first collegiate start last Friday against Alaska Anchorage and backstopped UND to a 4-1 win for his first career victory.

Gothberg, the USHL Goaltender of the Year last year, stopped 17 of 18 shots in the win.

In the same game, fellow freshman Drake Caggiula (Pickering, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal early in the second period, a tally that held up as the game-winner.

NET GAINS: Through four games this season, goalies Clarke Saunders (Jr., Brockville, Ontario) and Zane Gothberg (Fr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) have already each recorded their first career win in a North Dakota uniform.

The last time two goalies earned their first ‘W' at UND in the same season was in 2002-03, when freshmen Jake Brandt and Josh Siembida achieved the feat.

Saunders has started three of UND's four games this season, going 1-1-1 with a 1.64 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. Gothberg's lone start was last Friday's 17-save victory over Alaska Anchorage.

FIT TO BE TIED: Last Saturday's 3-3 overtime tie with UAA continued a trend at the new Ralph Engelstad Arena, which opened prior to the 2001-02 season.

Since the building opened, UND has played 37 overtime games (including regular season and playoffs) and 25 of them have ended in a tie.

UND is 5-7-25 in overtime in the new REA, including a 2-5-25 record in regular season games.

CROWDED HOUSE: After two home games, UND is leading NCAA DI men's hockey in average home attendance at 11,513.5.

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: UND was ranked No. 2 in both the WCHA preseason media and coaches polls, and freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) was named preseason rookie of the year in both:

2012-13 94X Radio
WCHA Preseason Media 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

2012-13 Grand Forks Herald
WCHA Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Minnesota (11) 121
2. North Dakota (1) 110
3. Denver 91
4. St. Cloud State 90
5. Wisconsin 70
6. Minnesota Duluth 69
7. Colorado College 56
8. Nebraska Omaha 51
Michigan Tech 51
10. Minnesota State 37
11. Bemidji State 31
12. Alaska Anchorage 15

POY: Nick Bjugstad, So., F, Minnesota
ROY: Rocco Grimaldi, F, North Dakota

Grimaldi 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 1999-00.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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