#20 Holy Cross
(10-4-2, 6-3-2 AHC)
#7 North Dakota
(10-5-3, 7-2-3 WCHA)
~ Subway Holiday Classic ~
January 4-5, 2013 • 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, FCS Central (Friday), FCS Pacific (Saturday), DirecTV
THIS WEEK: North Dakota (10-5-3, 7-2-3 WCHA) hosts non-conference opponent Holy Cross (10-4-2, 6-3-2) this weekend in the 11th annual Subway Holiday Classic.
The series begins a stretch for North Dakota in which it will play four of the next five series on home ice.
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.
The games will be broadcast live on Midco Sports Network, FOX College Sports and DirecTV. Dan Hammer calls the action with former UND standout Scott Koberinski (1985-89) providing analysis and Katie Hale conduting intermission interviews.
Video webcasts of this weekend's games can be purchased 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, featuring Brad Schlossman and Tom Miller of the Grand Forks Herald and Jayson Hajdu and Matt Schill of UND Athletics Media Relations.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets remain available for both games this weekend. Tickets can be purchased at the UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or online at Tickemaster.com.
SUBWAY HOLIDAY CLASSIC HISTORY: North Dakota is 13-5-2 (.700) all-time at the Subway Holiday Classic, which began in 2002-03, after sweeping Colorado College last year. UND is unbeaten (4-0-2) in its last six Subway Holiday Classic games.
UND has faced a non-conference opponent in a two-game series in seven of the 10 previous Classics. The other three tournaments featured four-team ‘classic' formats.
UND swept Canisius in 2004-05, the first time the tournament featured a two-game series, and CC in 2011-12. UND has split series with Harvard (2005-06), New Hampshire (2007-08) and Cornell (2008-09), and was swept by Michigan Tech (2006-07). Refer to page 20 for a complete history of the Subway Holiday Classic.
ABOUT THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross enters the New Year with a 10-4-2 overall record and a 6-3-2 mark in Atlantic Hockey play. The Crusaders are averaging 3.50 goals per game, which is tied for fourth nationally.
The Crusaders' top six scorers are upperclassmen, including senior forward Kyle Fletcher, who leads the team with 16 points (7g, 9a) in 16 games. Junior forward Adam Schmidt has tallied a team-leading nine goals.
Sophomore Matt Ginn has started 14 of 16 games in goal, going 9-3-2 with a 2.90 goals against average and .909 save percentage.
Holy Cross averages just 8.4 penalty minutes per game, fewest among the nation's 59 teams.
HC COACHING STAFF: Paul Pearl (Holy Cross ‘89) is in his 18th season at Holy Cross and is 273-261-65 (.510). Friday night's game will be his 600th behind the Crusaders' bench.
Pearl's staff includes assistant coaches Jason Smith (Salem State ‘98) and Jason Guerriero (Northeastern ‘05).
SERIES HISTORY: North Dakota and Holy Cross have met on just two previous occasions, both coming in the NCAA Tournament.
UND defeated the Crusaders 5-2 in the 2006 NCAA West Region final at Ralph Engelstad Arena, the only other time Holy Cross has visited Grand Forks.
UND also blanked the Crusaders 3-0 in the 2004 NCAA West Region semifinal in Colorado Springs.
POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 7 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls released earlier this week.
Holy Cross is ranked No. 20 in the USCHO poll but is unranked in the USA Today poll.
Refer to page 3 for complete poll information.
LAST ACTION: UND closed out the first half of the schedule with a WCHA sweep at Michigan Tech on Dec. 14-15, winning 6-1 and 4-1 for the team's first sweep of the season.
UND's top line of Corban Knight (3g, 3a), Danny Kristo (2g, 4a) and Mark MacMillan (1g, 2a) combined for a 15-point weekend, while junior goalie Clarke Saunders stopped 65 of 67 shots (.970).
WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: UND resumes play in the second half riding a season-long 5-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1).
It is UND's longest regular season unbeaten streak since an identical 5-gamer (4-0-1) last Dec. 10 to Jan. 13.
The last time UND went unbeaten in six or more consecutive games during the regular season was a 9-game streak (8-0-1) to close out the 2010-11 regular season.
ROCCO IN RUSSIA: UND will be without the services of freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi, who is representing the United States at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia.
The U.S. will face Canada in the semifinals on Thursday at 3 a.m. Central.
Grimaldi is the 47th UND player to compete at the World Junior Championship and the 34th to play for the U.S. He has seven goals and nine assists in 18 games this season for UND.
ROSTER REINFORCEMENTS: The absence of Grimaldi will be offset by the availability of forwards Michael Parks (So., St. Louis, Mo.) and Mitch MacMillan (Jr., Penticton, British Columbia).
Parks, UND's Rookie of the Year last season, has missed all but one period this season due to a lower body injury but is expected to return to the lineup this weekend. He had 12 goals and 10 assists in 42 games last season.
After sitting out one year due to NCAA transfer rules, MacMillan is now eligible to play for UND beginning this weekend.
The older brother of UND sophomore forward Mark MacMillan, Mitch MacMillan transferred to UND from St. Cloud State last January. He notched four goals and seven assists in 11 career games with the Huskies.
NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: This weekend will mark UND's final non-conference action of the regular season.
Following its split at No. 6 Notre Dame on Nov. 23-24, 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)
FIRST-HALF FLOURISH: UND recorded 10 wins before the Christmas break for just the second time in the last seven years and just the fourth time during head coach Dave Hasktol's nine-year tenure:
Year Before Xmas After Xmas
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) 17-5-2 (.750)
2012-13 10-5-3 (.639) ---
Totals 91-62-15 (.586) 132-49-18 (.709)
NO REST FOR THE WEARY: The 2013 Subway Holiday Classic continues a grueling 16-game stretch for UND that will have included 12 games against nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 20 Holy Cross this weekend.
UND, which is 8-4-2 during this stretch, ranks sixth nationally in strength of schedule.
OH, WHAT A KNIGHT!: Senior forward Corban Knight, who has a league-leading 19 points in 12 WCHA games, enters the second half of the season riding a career-long 13-game point streak. Knight has 21 points (6g, 15a) during his 13-game streak, which is UND's longest since Danny Kristo put together a 13-game streak as a freshman in 2009-10.
Steve Johnson's 27-game point streak in 1987-88 is the school record.
Knight is also riding a career-long 5-game goal-scoring streak, UND's longest since 2010-11 when Matt Frattin had separate streaks of nine and eight games.
Knight, who was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Dec. 18 after a 6-point series at Michigan Tech, has 120 career points and has cracked the top 50 on UND's all-time scoring list:
UND is 30-2-4 all-time when Knight scores a goal, including an unbeaten 5-0-2 record this season.
Knight has also won 58.7 percent of his faceoffs this season, which is on pace to challenge the school-record mark of 59.9 percent he set as a sophomore in 2010-11.
THE COUNT OF DANNY KRISTO: Senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) has seven points (3g, 4a) in his last three games and opens the second half tied with Colorado College's Rylan Schwartz as the nation's active scoring leader with 130 career points:
Those 130 career points also rank 41st on UND's all-time scoring list:
Kristo is the only active NCAA Division I player to have reached both the 50-goal and 80-assist milestones for his career:
DYNAMIC DUO: With 250 career points between them, senior linemates Danny Kristo (130 points) and Corban Knight (120) are the most prolific teammates in NCAA Division I men's college hockey.
FUN-DMC: UND's top line of Danny Kristo (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.), Mark MacMillan (So., Penticton, British Columbia) and Corban Knight (Sr., High River, Alberta) combined for 23 points (10g, 13a) and a +27 in five December games.
UND went 4-0-1 during those five games.
HEY JOE: Senior defenseman Joe Gleason (Edina, Minn.) is in the midst of the most productive stretch of his collegiate career.
Gleason has one goal and five assists in his last three games, having matched his career-long 3-game point streak. He collected a goal and three assists in UND's sweep at Michigan Tech (Dec. 14-15) and had two assists in a 6-3 win over No. 6 Denver (Dec. 8) the Saturday prior.
Since sitting out as a healthy scratch in UND's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 17, Gleason has seven points (2g, 5a) and is a +7 in eight games.
NODAK NATION: Thanks to the National Hockey League (NHL) lockout, North Dakota is the top hockey draw in all of North America.
After selling out its last five home games, UND is averaging 11,750 fans in the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad 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.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Thanks in part to that crowd support, UND has lost just once in eight home games this season, having gone 4-1-3.
UND has lost just three of its last 25 home games, including WCHA playoffs, going 17-3-5 during that stretch.
Last season UND went 15-4-3 (.750) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
WORKIN' OVERTIME: UND is unbeaten (2-0-3) in five overtime games this season after going winless (0-1-3) in four overtime tilts last season.
Four of those five overtime games have come on home ice (1-0-3), where UND has lost just seven times in 40 overtime games (6-7-27) since the new Engelstad Arena opened in 2001-02.
CAPTAIN'S LOG: With 139 career games played, senior captain Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) is the active leader among WCHA defensemen and ranks fifth nationally among all skaters:
MacWilliam has a goal and five assists and is a +5 in 17 games this season.
CLARKE MAKING HIS MARK: Junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) stopped 65 of 67 shots (.970) in UND's sweep at Michigan Tech, capping off a month of December in which he went 4-0-1 with a 1.78 goals against average and .931 save percentage in five starts.
In 14 starts this season, Saunders is 8-3-3 with a 2.19 goals against average and .925 save percentage, the latter ranking as the fourth-best in UND single-season history.
BALANCE OF POWER: UND's 12 power-play goals this season have been scored by 11 different players. Junior defenseman Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn.) is the only player with two.
WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER HERO: Much like the power-play goal column, North Dakota has displayed great balance when it comes to game-winning goals.
UND's 10 game-winners have come from eight different players, with forwards Danny Kristo (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Drake Caggiula (Fr., Pickering, Ontario) the only players to have scored two of them.
FAMOUS DAVE: With 223 career victories behind the North Dakota bench, head coach Dave Hakstol is approaching his predecessor, Dean Blais, as the second winningest coach in UND history.
Blais amassed 262 victories from 1994 to 2004, to trail only John "Gino" Gasparini's 392 wins from 1978-94.
Hakstol played for Gasparini at UND and coached alongside Blais as an assistant coach from 2000-04.
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 Gasaprini, who won 20 games for 13 straight years from 1978 to 1991, had a longer streak of 20-plus wins at UND.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
UND boasts six draft picks among its defensive corps, the most in program history.
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 first eight seasons behind the UND bench, including Frozen Four appearances in five of those eight years.
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.
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."