The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux travel to St. Paul, Minnesota, to play the St. Cloud State Huskies in the quarterfinals of the WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.
Game Time: 7:07 pm Thursday.
Television: The Red Baron WCHA Final Five games will be shown live on Fox Sports North DirecTV 668.
Records and Rankings: The University of North Dakota (22-12-3); The Fighting Sioux are ranked 12 in both National polls. The Fighting Sioux swept the Bemidji State Beavers in the first round of the WCHA playoffs (4-2 W, 4-3 W). Official Release
Saint Cloud State University (17-16-5); the Huskies are unranked in both National polls. The Huskies swept the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (4-0 W, 3-1 W). Official Release
Series History: The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux are 58-31-11 (.635) against the Saint Cloud State Huskies in the all-time series. The Fighting Sioux are also 9-2 against the Huskies in the playoffs. The Fighting Sioux are 7-2-1 in the last 10 games against the Huskies. Huskies Goalie Mike Lee is 0-5-1 against the Fighting Sioux during his career.
Players to Watch:
For UND: Forwards: Danny Kristo (17-23a—40pts), Corbin Knight (13g-22a—35pts) and Brock Nelson (23g-17a—40pts). Defense: Nick Mattson (6g-12a—18pts), Dillon Simpson, (2g-15a—17pts), Ben Blood (3g-15a—18pts), Joe Gleason (0g-14a—14pts), Andrew MacWilliam (2g-4a—6pts). Goaltenders: Aaron Dell .896 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average. Brad Eidsness .920 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average.
UND Injuries: Taylor Dickin is out (lower body injury), forward Rocco Grimaldi is out (season knee surgery), Brendan O’Donnell is out (season ending surgery), Derek Rodwell is out (season shoulder surgery).
For the Huskies: Forwards: Ben Hanowski (22g-20a—42pts), Jared Festler (15g-19a—34pts), Travis Novak (12g-13a—25pts). Defense: Nick Jensen (6g-26a—32pts), Andrew Prochno (5g-23a—pts), Jared Rabey (6g-8a—14pts). Goalies: Mike Lee .930 save percentage and a 2.24 goals against average. Ryan Faragher .915 save percentage and a 2.77 goals against average.