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(11-19-6 in 2012-13)
#7 North Dakota
(22-13-7 in 2012-13)
Friday & Saturday, October 11-12, 2013 • 7:37 pm/7:07 pm CT
Ralph Engelstad Arena (11,634) • Grand Forks, N.D.
Radio: 96.1 The Fox (KQHT-FM)
TV: Midco Sports Network (HD)
North Dakota officially opens the 2013-14 season on Homecoming weekend with a non-conference series against the University of Vermont. It is the regular season opener for both teams.
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, in his 35th season as the voice of UND men’s hockey, calls the action while Steve Olson returns as his color analyst.
This weekend’s games can also be seen live on Midco Sports Network (HD channel 622, SD channels 27 & 322). Veteran broadcaster Dan Hammer handles the play-by-play and is joined by former UND standout Scott Koberinski (color) and Katie Hale (intermission, postgame).
A high definition webcast of Sunday’s game can be purchased at UNDsports.com.
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.
Reserved seating and general admission tickets remain available for both games this weekend. Tickets can be purchased at the UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or online at Ticketmaster.com.
About the Catamounts
Vermont went 11-19-6 overall last season, including an 8-13-6 mark in Hockey East action.
The Catamounts picked up a pair of exhibition wins last weekend, defeating Ottawa 7-0 on Saturday and Acadia 4-1 on Sunday.
The line of Connor Brickley-H.T. Lenz-Colin Markison combined for nine points and a +11 in the win over Ottawa, while goalies Mike Santaguida and Pat Feeley combined for a 16-save shutout.
Santaguida stopped 17of 18 shots the following night against Acadia.
Vermont Coaching Staff
Head coach Kevin Sneddon (Harvard ‘92) is in his 11th year behind the Catamounts’ bench and is 147-174-53 (.464). Entering his 16th season overall as a collegiate head coach, Sneddon owns a career record of 197-273-71 (.430).
His staff includes assistant coaches Kevin Patrick (Notre Dame ‘92), Kyle Wallack (Springfield ‘97) and Terry Lovelette (Johnson State ‘98).
UND won the only two previous meetings between the two schools, both of which came on neutral ice. UND defeated the Catamounts 7-5 at the Yale Invitational on Jan. 2, 1981, and 8-0 at the New Hampshire Classic on Nov. 27, 1999.
This weekend marks Vermont’s first visit to Grand Forks.
UND was ranked No. 7 in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, a drop of one spot despite Sunday’s exhibition victory over Manitoba.
UND was ranked seventh in the preseason by USCHO.com, which will release its next poll next Monday after the first week of the regular season.
Refer to page 3 for complete national poll information.
UND made its 2013-14 debut last Sunday night with a 3-0 exhibition win over the University of Manitoba.
Forwards Michael Parks (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.), Drake Caggiula (So., Pickering, Ontario) and Luke Johnson (Fr., Grand Forks, N.D.) provided the goals, with Parks and Caggiula striking 75 seconds apart midway through the first period.
Johnson’s goal came shorthanded and unassisted.
Goalies Clarke Saunders (Sr., Brockville, Ontario) and Zane Gothberg (So., Thief River Falls, Minn.) combined for a 17-save shutout. Saunders started the game and made seven saves before being relieved by Gothberg, who stopped all 10 shots he faced.
North Dakota is 41-18-7 (.674) all-time in season openers.
UND skated to a 5-0 non-conference win over Alaska Anchorage at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Classic in Fairbanks to open the 2012-13 season.
UND has lost just three of its last 17 season openers (11-3-3).
UND has won 10 straight home openers, with the last loss coming in 2001-02 in the first game played in the new Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Vermont’s roster features three names that will be familiar to North Dakota fans.
Defenseman Dan Senkbeil transferred to Vermont after spending the past two seasons at UND. He must sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Sophomore defenseman Yvan Pattyn (#15) is the younger brother of UND assistant captain and junior forward Stephane Pattyn.
Finally, senior defenseman Nick Bruneteau (#4) is the younger brother of former UND forward Brett Bruneteau, who spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with UND before enrolling in graduate school and finishing his career at Vermont.
UND returns a pair of veterans between the pipes in senior Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) and sophomore Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.).
Both netminders enjoyed outstanding 2012-13 seasons, cracking UND’s single-season top 10 for save percentage:
Over the last two months of the season, beginning April 1, Gothberg and Saunders ranked first and third, respectively, among WCHA goalies in goals against average and first and fourth in save percentage.
UND allowed a WCHA-low 2.12 goals per game over that season-ending stretch.
Saunders opens the regular season ranked fifth in career saves among active Division I goalies:
After spending his first two collegiate seasons at Alabama-Huntsville, Saunders joined UND in 2012-13 and went 13-9-4 with a 2.30 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and a pair of shutouts.
O Captain! My Captain!
Senior defenseman Dillon Simpson (Edmonton, Alberta) was named team captain last week, while junior forwards Michael Parks (St. Louis, Mo.) and Stephane Pattyn (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) were chosen assistant captains.
At 20 years, 7 months, 26 days, Simpson is UND’s youngest captain since Greg Johnson in 1991-92 and is the 10th-youngest captain in program history.
Dave Hudson holds the distinction of being the young captain in program history. He was 19 years, 10 months and 17 days when the 1969-70 season began. Besides Hudson, Scott Marvin (1975-76) and Cary Eades (1981-82) are the only captains in UND history to open the season as 19-year olds:
Simpson received national recognition last week when he was one of four defensemen named to the College Hockey News’ 2013-14 Preseason All-CHN Team.
Simpson, who was was named to the second team, was named UND’s Most Improved Player last season after leading the team’s defensemen with a career-high five goals and 19 assists in 42 games.
2013-14 Preseason All-CHN Teams
F John Gaudreau, Jr., Boston College
F Austin Czarnik, Jr., Miami
F Michael Mersch, Sr., Wisconsin
D Shayne Gostisbehere, Jr., Union
D Michael Matheson, So., Boston College
G Jon Gillies, So., Providence
F Kyle Rau, Jr., Minnesota
F Greg Carey, Sr., St. Lawrence
F Ryan Walters, Sr., Nebraska Omaha
F Matt Leitner, Jr., Minnesota State
D Dillon Simpson, Sr., North Dakota
D Jake McCabe, Jr., Wisconsin
G Connor Hellebuyck, So., Massachusetts-Lowell
A managerial finance and corporate accounting major, Simpson was a three-time All-WCHA Academic Team selection and a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete. He was a fourth-round draft pick (92nd overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in 2011.
Simpson’s father, Craig, won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton during a 10-year National Hockey League career that also included stops in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
UND head coach Dave Hakstol, now in his 10th season behind the bench of his alma mater, is the only active head coach in Division I men’s hockey who has recorded a winning record in every season as a head coach.
Hakstol’s 235 wins since taking over in 2004-05 have been topped only by Boston College’s Jerry York (238) and Michigan’s Red Berenson (236) during that time.
Hakstol’s career winning percentage of .648 ranks fourth among active Division I men’s hockey coaches:
Perhaps most impressively, only 10 coaches in the history of Division I men’s hockey (active or retired) have won as many games as Hakstol (235) with a higher winning percentage: Ned Harkness (.740), Ron Mason (.696), Vic Heyliger (.685), Murray Armstrong (.675), Jeff Jackson (.675), John “Snooks” Kelley (.668), Red Berenson (.663), Doug Woog (.663), Len Ceglarski (.659) and Mark Morris (.649).
Hakstol led UND to 20-plus wins in each of his first 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 235 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.
The 2013-14 campaign marks UND’s first year as a member of the brand new National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
The league released its first annual preseason media poll at NCHC Media Day on Sept. 19 in Minneapolis, and UND was ranked No. 2:
Formed July 13, 2011, by charter members North Dakota, Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth and Western Michigan, the NCHC added St. Cloud State and Western Michigan two months later to give the league eight teams.
UND will make its NCHC debut Oct. 18-19 at Miami, the league’s preseason favorite.
UND departed the WCHA having won a league-record 15 regular season championships, as well as an additional 11 WCHA playoff titles.
Many Happy Returns
Tenth-year head coach Dave Hakstol returns 18 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 22-13-7 (14-7-7 WCHA) and advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game.
Sophomore Rocco Grimaldi (40 GP, 13-23--36) and junior Mark MacMillan (42 GP, 13-12--25) are the team’s top returning scorers, while Simpson (42 GP, 5-19—24), junior Nick Mattson (38 GP, 3-12—15) and sophomore Jordan Schmaltz (42 GP, 3-9—12) anchor the defensive unit.
Feeling a Draft
North Dakota’s 2013-14 roster features an NCAA-leading 15 National Hockey League draft picks, including 2012 first-rounder Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis).
UND had six players (including five incoming freshmen) selected in the 2013 draft, which was the most of any NCAA school. The five incoming draft picks include Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers, 3rd round), Keaton Thompson (Anaheim, 3rd round), Gage Ausmus (San Jose, 5th round), Luke Johnson (Chicago, 5th round), Wade Murphy (7th round, Nashville).
Four of UND’s eight freshmen have significant local ties.
Forward Luke Johnson and defenseman Paul LaDue are both from Grand Forks, while defenseman Gage Ausmus is from neighboring East Grand Forks, Minn., across the Red River. Additionally, defenseman Keaton Thompson hails from Devils Lake, N.D.
The last time UND had at least three North Dakotans on its roster was 2008-09: Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks), Jake Marto (Grand Forks) and Aaron Walski (Fargo).
Every member of UND’s coaching staff played at and graduated from 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 (1997-2001) each played for the Fighting Sioux.
Additionally, nearly every member of the program’s support staff is also a graduate of UND, including director of hockey operations Patrick Swanson (2002), athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach Mark Poolman (1992), team physician Dr. Greg Greek (1977) and media relations director Jayson Hajdu (2000).
Nine UND products have made National Hockey League opening-night rosters, more than any other National Collegiate Hockey Conference school.
The nine include Matt Frattin (Los Angeles), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Brian Lee (Tampa Bay), Brock Nelson (New York Islanders), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Travis Zajac (New Jersey).
Toews captained the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup in four years in 2012-13 while receiving the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s Best Defensive Forward. Greene, Oshie, Parise and Zajac each serve as assistant captains for their respective clubs.
Last season, 13 UND products played at least one game in the NHL.
Three other former UND standouts currently serve on NHL coaching staffs, including Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett, Phoenix video coach Steve Peters and Minnesota assistant coach Rick Wilson.
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.
An additional 16 UND products were named to opening-night AHL rosters.
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 at least 2015, when the University will undertake the process of adopting the third official nickname in school history. Until a new nickname is officially adopted, the University’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.”
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