#7 North Dakota
(6-4-2, 3-1-2 WCHA)
#18 Colorado College
(7-6-1, 4-2-0 WCHA)
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012 • 8:37/8:07 pm MT
Colorado Springs World Arena (7,380) • Colorado Springs, Colo.
Radio: 96.1 FM The Fox (KQHT-FM) • TV: None
Webcast: www.CCTigers.com/showcase • Live Stats: www.CCTigers.com
THIS WEEK: North Dakota (6-4-2, 3-1-2 WCHA) returns to WCHA play this week when it travels to Colorado College (7-6-1, 4-2-0 WCHA) with UND and the Tigers tied for fifth place in the league standings.
Both teams have eight points and sit one point behind fourth-place Nebraska Omaha and two points behind second-place Minnesota and St. Cloud State.
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.
There is no television coverage of this weekend's series, but video webcasts can be purchased at www.cctigers.com/showcase. Free live stats are available at www.cctigers.com.
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ABOUT THE TIGERS: Eighteenth-ranked Colorado College enters the week stuck in a 4-game winless skid after a 4-4 tie with New Hampshire (Friday) and a 6-5 loss to Yale (Saturday) last weekend in Colorado Springs.
UNH (49) and Yale (48) combined to record 97 shots on goal in the two games after CC had not allowed 40 in any previous contest.
Saturday's loss was CC's ninth 1-goal game of the season, and they are 4-4-1 in those games.
Senior forwards Rylan Schwartz and William Rapuzzi are among four players tied for the WCHA scoring lead with 17 points.
Junior forward Archie Skalbeck is riding a career-best 7-game point streak, the team's longest of the season. Skalbeck's 12 points (5g, 7a) this season already more than doubles the five (1g, 4a) he had as a sophomore in 2011-12.
CC COACHING STAFF: Scott Owens (CC ‘79) is in his 14th season at Colorado College and is 306-191-44 (.606). Owens' staff includes assistant coaches Joe Bonnett (Western Michigan ‘93) and Eric Rud (CC ‘97) and volunteer assistant Terry Kleisinger (Wisconsin ‘84).
SERIES HISTORY: UND leads the all-time series 137-76-10 (.637) and has won seven of the last eight meetings, including a sweep last season in Grand Forks.
UND is 47-56-4 (.458) all-time in Colorado Springs, but has won three of its last four at the World Arena.
Senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) leads all active UND skaters with 11 points (6g, 5a) in seven career games against CC. Classmate and linemate Corban Knight (Sr., High River, Alberta) is next with seven points (1g, 6a) in seven games.
Junior Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) is the only UND goalie to have faced the Tigers. In two games last season while at Alabama-Huntsville, including one start, Saunders went 0-1-0 with a 3.09 goals against average and an .898 save percentage.
POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 7 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, both of which were released on Monday.
UND did not move in the USCHO poll but dropped one spot in the USA Today rankings. See page 3 for complete poll information.
LAST ACTION: UND is coming off of a non-conference split last weekend at No. 6 Notre Dame, winning 2-1 on Friday before falling 5-2 on Saturday.
Junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) stopped 35 of 36 shots in Friday's win, while senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore defenseman Nick Mattson (Chanhassen, Minn.) provided the goals.
Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.) and Mark MacMillan (So., Penticton, British Columbia) scored in Saturday's loss, while freshman goalie Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.) made a career-high 36 saves.
MacMillan's goal was his team-leading sixth of the season, one shy of the seven he scored as a freshman last year.
SENIOR SNIPERS SQUARE OFF: This week's series features the top two active scorers in NCAA Division I men's hockey in North Dakota's Danny Kristo (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Colorado College's Rylan Schwartz, each of whom has 123 career points:
Both Kristo and Schwartz also rank prominently among the active NCAA DI leaders in both career goals and career assists (see charts at top right):
Kristo, who has reached the scoresheet in nine of his 10 games this season, is currently riding a 5-game point streak during which he has four goals and four assists. He also continues to climb UND's career scoring list:
A KNIGHT'S TALE: Senior center Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) had two assists Friday at Notre Dame and another helper on Saturday, extending his point streak to a career-best seven games.
Knight has nine points (all assists) during his streak and has moved into a tie with former teammate Evan Trupp (2007-11) on UND's career scoring list, one point behind former linemate Jason Gregoire (2008-11):
The team's top faceoff specialist, Knight has won 55.9 percent of his draws this season, the best percentage on the team.
He set a school record for faceoff efficiency as a sophomore in 2009-10 when he won 59.9 percent.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS: North Dakota has been outshot in seven straight games, the team's longest such streak under ninth-year head coach Dave Hakstol.
UND is allowing 36.6 shots over the last seven games after giving up an average of 24.6 over the first five.
NODAK NATION: Thanks to the National Hockey League (NHL) lockout, North Dakota is the top hockey draw in all of North America.
UND is averaging 11,730 fans through six home games in the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelsad Arena, more than any other NCAA, American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League or Canadian Hockey League team.
No other NCAA team is averaging more than 10,000 fans per game, and the only other team in North America averaging at least 10,000 is the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Last season, 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 2011-12 average home attendance of 11,341 fans per game ranked second nationally behind only Wisconsin's 11,772.9.
COLONEL SAUNDERS: Junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) leads the WCHA with a .936 save percentage after stopping 35 of 36 shots in last Friday's 2-1 non-conference win at No. 6 Notre Dame.
In eight starts this season, Saunders is 4-2-2 with a 2.09 goals against average and two shutouts. His two shutouts are tied for the WCHA lead while his 2.09 GAA ranks third.
DOING THE SPLITS: UND is 5-0-1 on Fridays this season compared to just 1-4-1 on Saturdays.
UND has yet to gain fewer than two points or more than three points in any weekend series this season.
MAKING HIS MARK: Sophomore forward Mark MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia) scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in last Saturday's 5-2 loss at Notre Dame, which is already just one shy of the seven he scored in 42 games as a freshman last season.
MacMillan ranks third on the team with 10 points in 12 games and leads the team with four multi-point performances.
NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Following last week's split at No. 6 Notre Dame, North Dakota is 43-16-10 (.696) in regular season non-conference games under ninth-year head coach Dave Hakstol.
UND has lost just seven of its last 29 regular season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, going 16-7-6 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 3-3-0 Alaska, UAA, BU, Notre Dame (Holy Cross)
CAPTAIN'S LOG: With 133 career games played, senior captain Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) is the active leader among WCHA defensemen and ranks tied for fifth nationally among all skaters:
MacWilliam has a goal and three assists and is a +3 in 11 games this season.
(ROD)WELL HAS RUN DRY: After suffering a season-ending injury last Dec. 30 that caused him to miss UND's final 23 games, junior forward Derek Rodwell (Taber, Alberta) has returned this year to play in all 12 games.
But despite 19 shots on goal in those 12 games, Rodwell has yet to register a point and has just one goal and one assist in his last 35 games, a skid that dates back to the first round of the 2011 WCHA Playoffs.
FEELING GOOD AT FORTY: When UND entered the third period last Friday night at Notre Dame trailing 3-1, it marked just the fourth time in 12 games this season the team had trailed after 40 minutes.
FIT TO BE TIED: UND's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 17 was its first overtime win on home ice since a 4-3 victory over Colorado College on March 1, 2009.
Between those two victories, UND had gone to overtime 11 times on home ice and tied nine of them (0-2-9).
Since the current Ralph Englestad Arena opened prior to the 2001-02 season, UND has played 38 overtime games (including regular season and playoffs) and 25 of them have ended in a tie.
UND is 6-7-25 in overtime in the new REA, including a 3-5-25 record in regular season games.
LUCKY 13: Connor Gaarder's (So., Edina, Minn.) hat trick on Nov. 3 against No. 12 Boston University was UND's first since March 11, 2011, when Matt Frattin and Jason Gregoire each scored three times in an 8-0 win over Michigan Tech in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
Gaarder, a walk-on, had entered the night with four goals in 36 career games and had yet to score a goal in his first three games this season.
All three of his goals on Nov. 3 either tied the game or put UND in the lead. His third and final goal was the power-play game-winner.
Gaarder's seven points in nine games this season are already just three shy of the 10 he notched in 33 games as a freshman.
NET GAINS: Clarke Saunders (Jr., Brockville, Ontario) and Zane Gothberg (Fr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) are the first goalies to earn their first UND victories in the same season since 2002-03, when freshmen Jake Brandt and Josh Siembida achieved the feat.
Saunders has started eight of UND's 12 games this season, going 4-2-2 with a 2.09 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.
Gothberg is 2-2-0 in his four starts with a 2.97 goals against average and .902 save percentage.
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.
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.
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.
FAREWELL SEASON: The 2012-13 season is 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.
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.
NICKNAME/LOGO: The University of North Dakota officially retired its longtime "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo prior to the 2012-13 athletics season.
UND's varsity athletics teams will operate without an official nickname until 2015, when the University will undertake the process of adopting the third official nickname in school history. Until 2015, the Uuniversity's varsity athletics teams will be referred to as "the University of North Dakota," "North Dakota,"
UND adopted the "Fighting Sioux" nickname in 1930 after previously being known as the "Flickertails."