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North Dakota travels to Notre Dame for the first time since the 1980-81 season.
Game Notes: This Thanksgiving series is no turkey
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Updated: Monday 11/20/2012 19:53:02 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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#7 North Dakota
(5-3-2, 3-1-2 WCHA)
at
#6 Notre Dame
(8-3-0, 5-1-0 CCHA)

 

Nov. 23-24, 2012 • 6:35/4:05 pm CT • Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022) • Notre Dame, Ind.
Radio: 96.1 FM The Fox (KQHT-FM) • Webcast: UND.com
TV: None

THIS WEEK: North Dakota (5-3-2, 3-1-2 WCHA) begins a 2-week road swing with a non-conference series at Notre Dame (8-3-0, 5-1-0 CCHA) on Friday and Saturday. The battle of top-10 programs will mark UND's first visit to South Bend since the 1980-81 season.

The puck drops at 6:35 p.m. Central on Friday and 4:05 p.m. Central on Saturday.

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 FREE video webcasts are available at www.und.com.

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.

TICKET INFORMATION: Visit www.und.com/tickets for ticket information.

ABOUT THE FIGHTING IRISH: Sixth-ranked Notre Dame is coming off of a road sweep at Michigan last weekend that vaulted the Fighting Irish into a tie for second place in the CCHA standings, one point behind first-place Miami.

The Irish rank second nationally in scoring defense (1.64 goals against per game) and fifth in penalty killing (90.9 percent).

Junior goalie Steven Summerhays has started 10 of the team's 11 games and is 7-3-0 with a 1.51 goals against average that ranks fourth nationally. His .939 save percentage ranks 10th.

Junior forward Anders Lee leads the team in points (9) and goals (5), while senior forward T.J. Tynan (2-3-5) is one of nine active NCAA Division I players with 100 career points. Tynan has 100 points in 94 career games.

ND COACHING STAFF: Jeff Jackson (Michigan State ‘78) is in his eighth season at Notre Dame and is 168-100-30 (.627). He is 350-152-55 (.678) in 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

Jackson's staff includes associate head coach Paul Pooley (Ohio State ‘84), associate coach Andy Slaggert (Notre Dame ‘89) and volunteer assistant Jason Nightingale (Lake Superior State ‘02).

SERIES HISTORY: The all-time series is tied 16-16-3, with UND most recently claiming a win and a tie against the Fighting Irish in Grand Forks over Thanksgiving weekend during the 2010-11 season.

The two teams also skated to a 3-3 overtime tie on Jan. 3, 2010, at Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Those are the only three previous meetings between the two teams during Dave Hakstol's nine-year tenure as head coach.

POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 6 in the USCHO.com poll, both of which were released on Monday.

UND had previously been ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 6 in the USCHO poll. See page 3 for complete poll information.

LAST ACTION: UND is coming off of a 3-point weekend against WCHA rival Minnesota Duluth last weekend in Grand Forks, winning 4-3 in overtime on Saturday after a 3-3 overtime tie on Friday.

UND rallied from a 3-1 deficit on Saturday to win on Mark MacMillan's (So., Penticton, British Columbia) overtime goal with 34 seconds remaining. It was the second goal of the game for MacMillan, who also had one assist for the first 3-point game of his career. He combined with linemates Danny Kristo (1g, 2a) (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Corban Knight (2a) (Sr., High River, Alberta) for eight points and a +6.

Junior defenseman Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn.) added his third goal of the season on the power play, while freshman Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.) made 28 saves for his second victory.

Kristo scored twice in UND's 4-4 tie on Friday, while Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.) and Andrew MacWilliam (Sr., Calgary, Alberta) scored single tallies.

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: North Dakota is 42-15-10 (.701) in regular season non-conference games under ninth-year head coach Dave Hakstol.

UND has lost just six of its last 27 regular season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, going 15-6-6 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 2-2-0 Alaska, UAA, BU (Notre Dame, Holy Cross)
Total 42-15-10

OH, DANNY BOY: Senior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after his 5-point weekend enabled UND to claim three of four WCHA points from Minnesota Duluth.

Kristo scored two goals in Friday's 4-4 overtime tie, then added a goal and two assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win. He set up Mark MacMillan (So., Penticton, British Columbia) for the game-tying (5:53 of the third period) and game-winning goals (4:26 of overtime).

Kristo also upped his career point total to 121, which ties him with Yale's Andrew Miller as the top active scorers in NCAA Division I men's hockey:

Kristo also figures prominently among the active NCAA DI leaders in career assists and goals:


Kristo also continues his ascent up UND's all-time scoring list:

Kristo enters this weekend's series having reached the scoresheet in seven of eight games this season. He has six points (3g, 3a) in his last three games.

A KNIGHT'S TALE: In linemates Danny Kristo (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Corban Knight (Sr., High River, Alberta), North Dakota is the only team in the country with two active players who have scored 100 or more career points.

Knight had three assists in last weekend's series against Minnesota Duluth, extending his team-leading point streak to five games. He has six points (all assists) during that streak and has moved into a tie for 70th on UND's all-time scoring list:

The team's top faceoff specialist, Knight won 38 of 61 draws (62.3 percent) last weekend and has won 57.4 percent on the season.

NODAK NATION: Thanks to the National Hockey League 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 team in North America is averaging more than 10,000 fans per game.

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 average home attendance of 11,341 fans per game ranked second nationally behind only Wisconsin's 11,772.9.

MAKING HIS MARK: Sophomore forward Mark MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia) enjoyed the first 3-point game of his career in last Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota Duluth.

MacMillan scored the game-tying goal in the third period and the overtime goal with 34 seconds left.

He now has five goals and four assists in 10 games and leads the team in shooting percentage (22.7 percent).

MacMillan had seven goals and 16 assists in 42 games as a freshman last season.


CAPTAIN'S LOG: With 131 career games played, senior captain Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) is the active leader among WCHA defensemen and ranks sixth nationally among all skaters:

MacWilliam has a goal and two assists and is a +3 in nine games this season.

DOING THE SPLITS: After a series split at St. Cloud State on Nov. 9-10, North Dakota has now split each of its last five regular season road trips.

UND opened the 2012-13 season at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks, where it defeated Alaska Anchorage on Friday but fell to Alaska on Saturday.

In its final three road trips of the 2011-12 regular season, UND split at St. Cloud State (Jan. 20-21), Minnesota Duluth (Feb. 10-11) and Denver (Feb. 24-25).

FIT TO BE TIED: UND's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota Duluth last Saturday 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.

SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS: North Dakota has been outshot in five straight games for just the second time in Dave Hakstol's nine seasons as head coach, and the first time since the 2004-05 postseason.

UND is allowing 35.8 shots over the last five games after giving up an average of 24.6 over the first five.


Minnesota Duluth's 46 shots on goal last Friday were the most allowed by North Dakota since giving up 48 in a 6-1 loss at Minnesota on Jan. 13, 2006.

COLONEL SAUNDERS: With his second shutout of the season on Nov. 9 at St. Cloud State, junior goalie Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) became the first goalie in school history to register a shutout in each of his first two road starts at UND (he also blanked Alaska Anchorage in the season opener in Fairbanks).

Saunders ranks second in the WCHA with a .927 save percentage.

(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 10 games.
But despite 16 shots on goal in those eight games, Rodwell has yet to register a point and has just one goal and one assist in his last 33 games, a skid that dates back to the first round of the 2011 WCHA Playoffs.

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.

FORBORT FINDING THE NET: After scoring two career goals entering the season, both as a sophomore, junior defenseman Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn.) has already surpassed his career total through 10 games this season.

Forbort scored his third goal of the season in last Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota Duluth. His power-play goal in the second period cut UMD's lead from 3-2 to 3-1.

NET GAINS: Through 10 games this season, goalies Clarke Saunders (Jr., Brockville, Ontario) and Zane Gothberg (Fr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) have already each recorded their first career win in a North Dakota uniform.

The last time two goalies earned their first ‘W' at UND in the same season was in 2002-03, when freshmen Jake Brandt and Josh Siembida achieved the feat.

Saunders has started seven of UND's 10 games this season, going 3-2-2 with a 2.24 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.
Gothberg is 2-1-0 in his three starts with a 2.63 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.


FAREWELL SEASON: The 2012-13 season will be 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).

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,"
or "UND."

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

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