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Game Notes: No. 11 UND visits Nebraska Omaha
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Updated: Friday 11/06/2013 15:23:36 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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#11 North Dakota
(2-3-1, 1-3-0-0 NCHC)
at
Nebraska Omaha
(4-4-0, 2-0-0-0 NCHC)


Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:07 p.m. Central & Saturday, Nov. 10, 5:07 p.m. Central
CenturyLink Center Omaha (15,959) • Omaha, Neb.

TV: None • Radio: 96.1 The Fox • Webcast: UNDsports.com (UND Insider)

This Week                         
No. 11 North Dakota aims to snap a 3-game losing skid when it travels to Nebraska Omaha for a Saturday-Sunday National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) series at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Central on Saturday and 5:07 p.m. Sunday.

UND Fan Party in Omaha             
UND fans, alumni and family are invited to a pre-game social at The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill prior to Saturday’s game. The event begins at 5 p.m. and food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Old Mattress Factory will also broadcast the game for those not attending the game.

The Old Mattress Factory is located at 501 N. 13th Street and is within walking distance of CenturyLink Center Omaha.

For additional information, contact Katie Horob, associate director of the North Dakota Champions Club, at katieh@undfoundation.org or by phone at 701.777.4078.

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, in his 35th season as the voice of UND men’s hockey, calls the action while Steve Olson provides analysis during home games.

A video webcast of both games this weekend is available to UND Insider subscribers at no extra cost. Non-subscribers can purchase the webcasts at www.omavs.com.

Neither game this weekend will be broadcast on TV.

Social Media
Receive real-time Twitter 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 of UND Athletics.

Ticket Information 
For ticket information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://omahasteam.com/tickets/hockey/single-game-tickets.
Click on the PDF link at the top of the page to view a complete version of this week's game notes.

This Week                        
No. 11 North Dakota aims to snap a 3-game losing skid when it travels to Nebraska Omaha for a Saturday-Sunday National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) series at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Central on Saturday and 5:07 p.m. Sunday.

UND Fan Party in Omaha                
UND fans, alumni and family are invited to a pre-game social at The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill prior to Saturday’s game. The event begins at 5 p.m. and food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Old Mattress Factory will also broadcast the game for those not attending the game.

The Old Mattress Factory is located at 501 N. 13th Street and is within walking distance of CenturyLink Center Omaha.

For additional information, contact Katie Horob, associate director of the North Dakota Champions Club, at katieh@undfoundation.org or by phone at 701.777.4078.

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, in his 35th season as the voice of UND men’s hockey, calls the action while Steve Olson provides analysis during home games.

A video webcast of both games this weekend is available to UND Insider subscribers at no extra cost. Non-subscribers can purchase the webcasts at www.omavs.com.

Neither game this weekend will be broadcast on TV.

Social Media    
Receive real-time Twitter 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 of UND Athletics.

Ticket Information    
For ticket information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://omahasteam.com/tickets/hockey/single-game-tickets.
About the Mavericks    
Nebraska Omaha earned a road sweep in its first NCHC series of the season, picking up a pair of overtime wins last weekend in Denver.

Junior forward Josh Archibald scored the overtime game-winners both nights, earning NCHC Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Archibald, the son of former UND forward Jim Archibald (1981-85), leads the Mavericks with six goals and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.

Freshman forward Jake Guentzel was named NCHC Rookie of the Week after assisting on both of Archibald’s overtime goals. Guentzel leads the NCHC in rookie scoring with seven points.

UNO Coaching Staff    
Head coach Dean Blais (Minnesota ‘73) is in his fifth year behind the UNO bench and owns a 78-72-16 (.518) record with the Mavericks.

A two-time Spencer Penrose Memorial Award winner as the Division I coach of the year and a
four-time winner of the WCHA’s Coach of the Year Award, Blais has posted a career coaching record of 340-187-47 (.633). He coached UND to national championships in 1996-97 and 1999-00.

Blais’ staff includes assistant coaches Troy Jutting (Minnesota State ‘87) and Alex Todd (Union ‘01).
 
Series History    UND has won five of the eight previous meetings between the two schools, including each of the last three.

Last season, UND picked up a road sweep over the Mavericks, winning 2-1 and 5-2. The series finale was played outdoors at TD Ameritrade Park, the home of the NCAA’s College World Series.

Zane Gothberg started both of those games for UND, stopping 62 of 65 shots for a .954 save percentage.

No current UND skater has more than two career points against the Mavericks.

Poll Position    UND was ranked No. 11 in the most recent USCHO.com poll and No. 10 in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, which were released on Monday.

Nebraska Omaha was unranked in both but received votes in the USCHO poll.

Refer to Page 8 for complete poll information.

St. Clair Out    Sophomore forward Colten St. Clair (Gilbert, Ariz.) will not play this weekend and is expected to remain sidelined for approximately six weeks with a lower body injury.

St. Clair had one goal in five games this season and was a regular member of UND’s penalty killing unit.

Last season as a freshman, St. Clair had three goals and four assists in 40 games.

Last Week    UND suffered its first home sweep in four years when it fell last weekend to No. 9 St. Cloud State, losing 3-2 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday.

SCSU junior goalie Ryan Faragher stopped 45 of 48 shots in the series to earn NCHC Goaltender of the Week honors.

Forwards Drake Caggiula (So., Pickering, Ontario) and Mark MacMillan (Jr., Penticton, British Columbia) scored UND’s goals on Friday, while freshman defenseman Troy Stecher (Richmond, British Columbia) scored the lone goal on Saturday, the first of his career.

Sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.) started both games and turned aside 53 of 59 shots.

Kill or Be Killed    A bright spot for UND last weekend was the continued play of its penalty killing unit, which went a perfect 5-for-5 in the series against St. Cloud State.

North Dakota enters the week as the top penalty-killing team in the nation at 96.6 percent (28-for-29):

The only PPG UND has allowed this season came 2:55 into the regular season opener against Vermont. Since that time, UND has successfully killed 28 consecutive opponent power plays.

If the two exhibition games are included, UND has killed 39 of 40 shorthanded situations this season.

Cagg-Ooh-La-La    Drake Caggiula’s (So., Pickering, Ontario) highlight-reel goal last Friday against SCSU received national attention later that night when it was named the top play on FOX Sports Live.


The goal was also number one on the NCAA’s Top 5 Goals of the Week and the NCHC’s Top 5 Goals of the Week.

Caggiula is tied for the team lead in both goals (3) and points (5) through the first six games of the season.

A Rare Rut    
Following last weekend’s sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State, UND is stuck in its first 3-game losing skid since last October.

UND has not lost four straight games since December 2006.

The last time UND was swept at home was Jan. 29-30, 2010 against Denver.

Stech Artist    
Freshman defenseman Troy Stecher (Richmond, British Columbia) figured in on all three of North Dakota’s goals last weekend.

On Friday night, he assisted on both goals for the first multi-point game of his career. The following night, Stecher scored a power-play goal for his first collegiate goal.

With four points (1G, 3A) in four conference games, Stecher is tied for the NCHC rookie scoring lead with UNO’s Jake Guentzel.

Crowded House    
UND has played before a capacity crowd in each of its six games this season, including four at home.

After playing before sold-out crowds of 11,828 (Friday) and 11,962 (Saturday) last weekend against St. Cloud State, UND once again leads  NCAA Division I men’s hockey in average attendance at 11,829.5 fans per game.

Minnesota ranks second at 9,534.2.

UND led NCAA Division I men’s hockey in home attendance in 2012-13, averaging 11,592 fans in its 21 home games, the only program in the country to average better than 10,000 fans per home game.

Parks’ Productivity    
Junior forward Michael Parks (St. Louis, Mo.) leads the NCHC in scoring with five points (1G, 4A) through four conference games.

Parks is already more than halfway to the eight points (7G, 1A) he scored in 25 games during an injury-riddled sophomore campaign.

Rally Rarity    St. Cloud State achieved a rare feat last Friday when it overcame a 1-0 deficit after two periods in an eventual 3-2 win.
Prior to that game, UND had lost just six of its last 107 games when leading after two periods, going 93-6-8 since 2008-09:


 






Tippetting Point        
Former UND standout Dave Tippett (1981-82 to 1982-83) became the winningest coach in Phoenix Coyotes franchise history last Saturday night with a 3-2 shootout win over San Jose.

Tippett, who took over in Phoenix in 2009, won his 165th game to surpass the previous record held by Bob Francis.

Tippett won the Jack Adams Award in 2010 as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.

A native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Tippett was a member of UND’s 1982 NCAA championship team and collected 87 points (28G, 59A) in 79 career games. He went on to enjoy an 11-year playing career in the NHL, playing in 721 career games with Hartford, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

National Parks        
Junior forward Michael Parks (St. Louis, Mo.) ensured his name will be a part of NCHC history when he scored the first goal in the first-ever NCHC game on Oct. 18 at Miami.

Parks’ history-making goal came at 7:55 of the first period of an eventual 4-2 North Dakota victory.

O Captain! My Captain!    
Senior defenseman Dillon Simpson (Edmonton, Alberta) was named team captain prior to the season, 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:



National Nod    Simpson received national recognition earlier this month 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
First Team
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

Second Team
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.

Pipe Dream    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 (see chart, top middle):


Over the last two months of the 2012-13 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.

Famous Dave    
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 entered the season ranked fourth among active DI men’s coaches in career winning percentage (.648):












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 (entering the 2013-14 season).
That list also includes: 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 237 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.

Conference Call    
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 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).

Local Flavor    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).

Bleeding Green    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).

Pro-Files    Former UND captain Chris Porter was recalled by the St. Louis Blues last week, giving UND 10 NHLers so far this season.

Nine other UND products made National Hockey League opening-night rosters, more than any other National Collegiate Hockey Conference school.

Those 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.

Last Saturday night, Tippett became the winningest coach in Phoenix Coyotes franchise history when he won his 165th game behind the bench, surpassing Bob Francis.

Tippett took over in 2009 and has posted a 165-96-42 record — a winning percentage of .602, the best in team history.

Tippett won the Jack Adams Award in 2010 as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.

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.

UND’s opening-night AHLers included: Hunter Bishop (Manchester/Los Angeles), Ben Blood (Binghamton/Ottawa), Taylor Chorney (Chicago/St. Louis), Joe Finley (Bridgeport/NY Islanders), Derek Forbort (Manchester/Los Angeles), Chay Genoway (Hershey/Washington), Joe Gleason (Rockford/Chicago), Brett Hextall (Portland/Phoenix), Corban Knight (Abbotsford/Calgary), Danny Kristo (Hartford/NY Rangers), Andrew MacWilliam (Toronto/Toronto), Brad Malone (Lake Erie/Colorado), Chris Porter (Chicago/St. Louis), Chris VandeVelde (Adirondack/Philadelphia), Matt Watkins (Hershey/Washington), Darcy Zajac (Albany/New Jersey).

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 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,”
or “UND.”

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