The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux entertain the Minnesota State Mavericks at Ralph Englestad Arena March 2-3, 2012.
Game Time: 7:37 pm CT Friday and 7:07 pm CT Saturday Night
Records and Rankings: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (18-12-3 overall, 14-11-1 WCHA); The Fighting Sioux are ranked 14th in the USCHO poll and 15th in the USA Today Poll. North Dakota split their weekend series against Denver University (4-3 W, 3-5 L). Official Release
Minnesota State University Mavericks (12-20-2, 8-16-2 WCHA) are not ranked in either national poll. The Mavericks were idle last weekend. Official Release
Series History: The UND Fighting Sioux leads the all-time series against the Mavericks 35-10-7. Fighting Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol owns a 20-3-2 record against the Mavericks. The Fighting Sioux is 16-1-1 in the last 18 games against the Mavericks.
Radio: UND 96.1 (KQHT-FM) – The Fox.
TV Friday: UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Central, MidcoSN3
TV Saturday: UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Pacific, MidcoSN3
*Note this weekend’s games will not be on DirecTV.
Players to Watch:
For UND: Forwards: Danny Kristo (15g-21a—36pts), Corbin Knight (12g-20a—32pts) and Brock Nelson (22g-16a—38pts), Carter Rowney (16g-9a—25pts). Defense: Nick Mattson (5g-11a—16pts), Dillon Simpson, (1g-14a—15pts), Ben Blood (2g-14a—16pts). Goaltenders: Aaron Dell .891 save percentage and a 2.91 goals against average. Brad Eidsness .914 save percentage and a 2.30 goals against average.
UND Injuries: Forwards Taylor Dickin is out (lower body injury), Rocco Grimaldi is out (season knee surgery), Brendan O’Donnell is out (season ending surgery), Derek Rodwell is out (season shoulder surgery).
For Minnesota State: Forwards: Jean-Paul Lafontaine (13g-15a—28pts), Matt Leitner (8g-18a—27pts), Eriah Hayes (13g-10a—23pts) Michael Dorr (8g-10a—18pts). Defense: Zach Palmquist (6g-12a—18pts), Evan Mosey (2g-8a—10pts). Goaltenders: Austin Lee .905 save percentage and a 3.20 goals against average Phil Cook .890 save percentage and a 3.50 goals against average.
Other games in the WCHA: Wisconsin at Minnesota, Denver at Nebraska Omaha, Michigan Tech at Colorado College, Minnesota Duluth at Saint Cloud State, Bemidji State at Alaska Anchorage