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Updated: Wednesday 03/20/2013 09:03:42 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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Colorado College
(16-18-5, No. 6 seed)
at
#6 North Dakota
(21-11-7, No. 3 seed)


~ Red Baron WCHA Final Five Quarterfinal ~
Thursday, March 21, 2013 • 7:07 pm CT
Xcel Energy Center (18,568) • Saint Paul, Minn.
Radio: 96.1 The Fox (KQHT-FM) TV: FOX Sports North, DirecTV 668, DISH Network 436

THIS WEEK: Three-time defending Broadmoor Trophy champion North Dakota (21-11-7) faces Colorado College (16-18-5) in the Red Baron WCHA Final Five quarterfinal on Thursday night.

UND enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed, while the Tigers are the No. 6 seed. The winner advances to Friday night's semifinal against No. 2 seed Minnesota.

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 UND hockey. He is joined by color analyst Steve Olson.

This weekend's games can be seen live on FOX Sports North, which is also available on DirecTV (668) and DISH Network (436). Anthony LaPanta (play-by-play), Casey Hankinson (color analyst) and Ben Clymer (reporter) will call the action.

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, along with Matt Schill and Jayson Hajdu of UND Athletics.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call 800-359-2525. Groups (10+) call 651-312-3486.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Colorado College advanced to the WCHA Final Five after upsetting No. 5 seed and host Denver in three games during the opening round of the playoffs.

Senior forward Rylan Schwartz collected two goals and three assists in the series and is tied with UND's Danny Kristo for the WCHA playoff scoring lead.

Senior goalie Joe Howe led the WCHA with 112 saves in the opening round. He stopped 78 of 82 shots (.951) in CC's Game 2 and Game 3 victories alone.

The Tigers earned their 14th trip to the Final Five despite going 0-for-10 on the power play in the series.

CC COACHING STAFF: Scott Owens (Colorado College ‘79) is in his 14th season behind the bench of his alma mater and is 315-203-48 (.599).

His staff includes assistant coaches Joe Bonnett (Western Michigan ‘93) and Eric Rud (CC ‘97), as well as volunteer assistant coach Terry Kleisinger (Wisconsin ‘84).

SERIES HISTORY: UND holds a 139-78-10 (.634) advantage in the all-time series with CC. The two teams split their four meetings this year during the regular season.

UND is 7-2-0 all-time against the Tigers in WCHA playoff games, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the WCHA Final Five. Their most recent tournament meeting came during the 2011 semifinal, when UND defeated the Tigers 4-3 on a late Matt Frattin goal.

Senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) leads all active UND skaters with 16 points (9g, 7a) in 11 career games against the Tigers.

POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 6 in both the most USCHO.com poll released on Monday.

UND is ranked No. 7 in the national PairWise Rankings.

LAST ACTION: UND advanced to the WCHA Final Five after defeating No. 10 seed Michigan Tech in three games, including a 6-0 shutout in the third and decisive game on Sunday.

Junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) stopped all 27 shots he faced before being relieved by senior walk-on Tate Maris (Denver, Colo.) with 4:42 remaining in the third period. Maris, making his first career appearance of record, stopped the only shot he faced. UND received goals from six different players in the Game 3 victory.

The Huskies forced a Game 3 with a 2-1 on Saturday behind C.J. Eick's game-winning goal with 2:02 remaining. The goal also ended UND's WCHA playoff winning streak at 14 games.

UND took Game 1 by a 5-3 score, led by two goals and an assist from senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.).

FINAL FIVE FACTS: Notable items regarding UND's appearance at the WCHA Final Five:

• UND is making its 11th consecutive appearance at the WCHA Final Five, matching the league record set by Minnesota from 1999 to 2009. The next-longest active streak is two years, shared by Minnesota and St. Cloud State.

• UND has won each of the last three Broadmoor Trophies and is the only team in WCHA history to win three consecutive league tournaments.

• UND has won 11 WCHA tournament championships overall, including four under current head coach Dave Hakstol.

• UND has won eight consecutive WCHA Final Five games. Its last loss at the tournament came in the 2009 third-place game, a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Wisconsin.

• UND is 32-9 (.780) in WCHA playoff games under ninth-year head coach Dave Hakstol, including a 15-5 (.750) record at the Final Five.

• Those 32 WCHA playoff wins under Hakstol are 10 more than any other team in the league during that stretch.

• UND is 44-17 in WCHA and NCAA playoff games under Hakstol, 17 more wins than any other WCHA school in that time.

• UND is 5-6-3 this season against the WCHA Final Five field, including a 2-2-0 record against Thursday night's opponent, Colorado College.

SENIORS STANDOUTS: Thursday's night's game features three of the six highest-scoring active players in Division I men's hockey:
With three goals during the first round of the WCHA playoffs, Kristo also moved into a tie for the NCAA's active goal-scoring lead:

All three players are also among the top seven of the active assist leaders:
Kristo, Knight and Schwartz have contributed to two of the most productive senior classes in the entire nation:

UND's senior class includes skaters Kristo (24-26--50), Knight (15-33--48), Carter Rowney (10-16--26), Joe Gleason (5-13--18) and Andrew MacWilliam (1-10--11), as well as goaltender Tate Maris.

Kristo leads the WCHA with 24 goals and is tied for third in the national scoring race with a career-high 50 points, while Knight is tied for second nationally with 33 assists and is tied for seventh nationally with a career-high 48 points.

SECOND-HALF SURGE: UND has just three losses since Feb. 1 (8-3-2) -- each by just one goal -- and this year's senior class has now gone 44-10-4 (.793) after January since 2009-10.

During Dave Hakstol's 9-year tenure as head coach, UND is 95-29-13 (.741) in games played after January:
Throughout his tenure, Hakstol has frequently guided his teams to a higher winning percentage after Christmas:

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) 11-6-4 (.619)
Totals 91-62-15 (.586) 143-55-22 (.700)

This season marked just the second time in the last seven years that UND won 10 games before Christmas, and just the fourth time during Hasktol's nine-year tenure.


FOUR-BODEING STAT: UND is 16-1-2 (.895) this season when scoring four or more goals, but just 5-10-5 (.375) when scoring three goals or fewer.

ROARING TWENTIES: Friday night's 5-3 win over Michigan Tech to open the WCHA playoffs was UND's 20th victory of the season, giving head coach Dave Hakstol 20-plus wins in each of his nine seasons behind the bench.

Only John "Gino" Gasaprini, who won 20 games for 13 straight years from 1978 to 1991, had a longer streak of 20-plus wins at UND.

With 234 career victories behind the 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.

NET GAINS: Junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario), who spent his first two collegiate seasons at Alabama-Huntsville, made his first two career playoff starts in Games 2 and 3 of UND's first-round series.

Saunders stopped 56 of 58 shots in those two games, raising his career-best save percentage to .920, tied for fifth-best in UND single-season history:

Over his last six appearances (five starts), Saunders has posted a 1.61 goals against average and .936 save perentage, going 3-2-1.

ROCCO ‘ROUND THE CLOCK: Freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) had one assist in each of UND's three games during the first round and has now reached the scoresheet in 11 of his last 12 games.

Grimaldi has four goals and 10 assists and is a +10 during that stretch.

He is tied for the WCHA rookie scoring lead with 34 points in 37 games.
A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER: Senior center Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) was the runaway winner in Phase I of the Vote For Hobey process, leading all 77 candidates with 36,548 votes.

Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College finished a distance second with 16,646 votes.

Knight has a career-high 48 points this season and leads the nation with 571 faceoff wins, 78 more than any other player in the nation.

Twenty-four of Knight's 33 assists are first assists, which leads the nation, and he has reached the scoresheet in 32 games, tied for the most in the nation.

Knight is UND's first player since Zach Parise (2002-04) with two 30-assist seasons, and he is UND's first player with three straight 40-point seasons since T.J. Oshie and Ryan Duncan each did it from 2005 to 2008.

Earlier this season, Knight put together a 19-game point streak that was UND's longest in 25 years:
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: UND's defensemen rank among the most productive blueline units in the nation:

Six UND defenseman have 10 or more points this season, more than any other team in the nation: Dillon Simpson (5-19--24), Joe Gleason (5-13--18), Derek Forbort (4-11--15), Nick Mattson (3-12-15), Jordan Schmaltz (3-9-12), Andrew MacWilliam (1-9-10).

Simpson (24 points), Gleason (18), Forbort (15) and MacWilliam (10) have all established career highs for points.

Schmaltz has 10 points and is a +9 in his last 25 games after scoring 2 points with a -3 in his first 14 games.

MacWilliam leads the team's defensemen with a +13 rating, while Mattson ranks second at +12.

MARIS' MOMENT: Senior goalie Tate Maris (Denver, Colo.), a walk-on in 2009-10, made his collegiate debut on Sunday night in UND's 6-0 win over Michigan Tech in Game 3 of their first-round series.


Maris entered the game to a standing ovation with 4:42 remaining in regulation time and stopped the only shot he faced to combine with Clarke Saunders (27) for UND's third shutout of the season.

It was just the third shared shutout in UND history. The last one occurred on Nov. 1, 2003, when Jordan Parise and Jake Brandt combined for an 10-0 win over Yale.

The first one happened on Nov. 26, 1954, when Gerald "Spike" Schultz and Tom Yurkovich combined for an 11-0 win over Minnesota Duluth.

CAPTAIN'S LOG: With 160 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 career-high 10 points in 38 games this season and leads UND's defensemen with a career-high +13 rating.

GET CARTER: For the second year in a row, senior forward Carter Rowney (Sexsmith, Alberta) is playing his best hockey down the stretch.

Since Feb. 1, Rowney has four goals and eight assists in 13 games, an average of 0.92 points per game.

Before February, Rowney had 14 points in his first 26 games, an average of 0.54 points per game.

Last season, Rowney had 13 goals and 11 assists in his last 24 games (1.00 points per game) after scoring five goals and four assists in his first 18 games (0.50 points per game).

FIT TO BE TIED: A 2-2 tie with Bemidji State on March 2 was UND's seventh tie of the season, second-most in program history behind the nine draws in 2000-01.

Ten of UND's 36 games have gone into overtime this season, with UND going 2-1-7.

NODAK NATION: UND's attendance of 12,177 on March 2 against Bemidji State was the second-largest home crowd in program history, behind only a crowd of 12,189 on Feb. 9, 2002 -- the year Ralph Engelstad Arena opened -- against Minnesota.

UND leads NCAA Division I men's hockey in average home attendance (11,592) and total home attendance (243,426).

Last season, UND 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).

NO REST FOR THE WEARY: UND closed out the regular season by playing 12 of its final 14 regular season games against nationally-ranked opponents.

UND, which went 6-4-4 during that stretch, has faced the nation's fifth-toughest schedule overall, according to the KRACH rankings.

GOLDEN GRIMALDI: Freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) helped lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia, in January.

Grimaldi scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the gold medal game, his first goals of the tournament, and was named the player of the game for the U.S. He became UND's 19th medalist at the tournament and the 12th to win gold:

Year Player Country Medal
1982 Troy Murray Canada Gold
James Patrick Canada Gold
1983 James Patrick Canada Bronze
Gord Sherven Canada Bronze
1985 Brad Berry Canada Gold
1990 Jason Herter Canada Gold
1991 Greg Johnson Canada Gold
1992 Marty Schriner United States Bronze
2004 Brady Murray United States Gold
Zach Parise* United States Gold
Drew Stafford United States Gold
2006 Jonathan Toews Canada Gold
2007 Jonathan Toews Canada Gold
Taylor Chorney United States Bronze
Brian Lee United States Bronze
2010 Danny Kristo United States Gold
2011 Derek Forbort United States Bronze
Brock Nelson United States Bronze
2012 Rocco Grimaldi United States Gold

* - Indicates tournament MVP
Bold indicates still active at UND

Grimaldi finished the tournament with two goals and two assists and a +4 rating in seven games.

He was the 47th UND player to compete at the World Junior Championship and the 34th to play for the U.S.

BLUE CHIP BLUELINERS: North Dakota has routinely dressed six NHL draft picks on the blueline this season, the most in program history.

Those drafted defensemen include first-rounders Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis, 2012) and Derek Forbort (Los Angeles, 2010), sixth-rounder Nick Mattson (Chicago, 2010), fourth-rounder Dillon Simpson (Edmonton, 2010), and seventh-rounders Andrew MacWilliam (Toronto, 2008) and Joe Gleason (Chicago, 2008).

UND's lone undrafted defenseman is sophomore Andrew Panzarella (Washington, D.C.).


NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: UND finished 5-3-0 against non-conference opponents this year and is now 46-16-10 (.708) in regular season non-conference games under ninth-year head coach Dave Hakstol.

UND has lost just seven of its last 32 regular season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, going 19-7-6 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 5-2-2 Alaska, Maine, Notre Dame, UMD, Robert Morris
2011-12 4-1-2 Air Force, BC, Maine, Harvard, Clarkson
2012-13 5-3-0 Alaska, UAA, BU, Notre Dame, Holy Cross
Total 46-16-10

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Eleven former UND players have played in the National Hockey League so far this season: Joe Finley (New York Islanders), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Brian Lee (Tampa Bay), Brad Malone (Colorado), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Drew Stafford (Buff alo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago) and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).

All but Parise played at UND during Dave Hakstol's head coaching tenure.

Four of those players wear letters for their respective teams. Toews is the captain in Chicago, while Parise, Stafford and Greene all serve as assistant captains for their respective clubs.

Four other former UND players currently serve on NHL coaching staffs, including Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett, Buffalo assistant coach James Patrick, Minnesota assistant coach Rick Wilson, and Phoenix video coach Steve Peters.

Additionally, Anaheim strength coach Sean Skahan (pronounced ‘skane') is a former UND assistant strength coach, and former UND football letterwinner Mark Chipman is the chairman of True North Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Winnipeg Jets.

Last season, 17 UND products appeared in the NHL, tying for 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.

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 has just one goal in 27 games since.

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.

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.

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 first eight seasons behind the UND bench, including Frozen Four appearances in five of those eight years.

BLEEDING GREEN: Every member of UND's coaching staff is a graduate of the University of North Dakota.

Head coach Dave Hakstol (1989-92), assistant coaches Brad Berry (1983-86) and Dane Jackson (1988-92), and volunteer assistant Karl Goehring (1998-2001) each played for North Dakota.

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 (1977) and media relations director Jayson Hajdu (2000).

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,"
or "UND."

UND adopted the "Fighting Sioux" nickname in 1930 after previously being known as the "Flickertails."

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