The North Dakota Fighting Sioux play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the semifinals of the Red Baron WCHA Final Five on Friday, March 16, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Game Time: 7:07 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports North, DirecTV Channel 668.
Radio: The games can be heard at 96.1 the Fox.
Records and Rankings:
North Dakota: 23-12-3; ranked 12th in both the USCHO and USA Today polls. The Fighting Sioux beat the St. Cloud State Huskies 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Final Five on Thursday night.
Minnesota: 26-12-1; ranked 4th in both the USCHO and USA Today polls. Minnesota swept Alaska-Anchorage in the first round of the WCHA playoffs last weekend to advance to the Final Five.
Series History: The Gophers have compiled a 143-129-14 record against the Sioux in 286 all-time games. The Gophers won the 2011-12 regular season series by winning three out of four games.
Players to Watch:
North Dakota: Forwards: Danny Kristo (18-24a—42pts), Corbin Knight (14g-22a—36pts) and Brock Nelson (25g-17a—42pts). Defense: Nick Mattson (6g-12a—18pts), Dillon Simpson, (2g-15a—17pts), Ben Blood (3g-16a—19pts). Goaltenders: Aaron Dell .899 save percentage and a 2.73 goals against average. Brad Eidsness .920 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average.
North Dakota injuries: Taylor Dickin (lower-body injury), forward Rocco Grimaldi (season, knee surgery), Brendan O’Donnell (season-ending surgery) and Derek Rodwell (season, shoulder surgery) are all out of the lineup.
Minnesota: Forwards: Erik Haula (19g-25a—44pts) Kyle Rau (16g-20a—36pts), Nick Bjugstad 24g-16a—40pts), Zach Budish (11g-19a—30pts). Defense: Nate Schmidt (3g-33a—36pts), Mark Alt (5g-17a—22pts). Goalie: Kent Patterson .914 save percentage and a 2.12 goals against average.
Minnesota injuries: None to report.