The University of North Dakota travels to Saint Cloud State University to play the Huskies at the National Hockey Center, January 20-21, 2012.
Game Time: 7:37 pm Friday, 7:07 pm Saturday.
Television: Charter (Channel 87 in St. Cloud viewing area), Comcast St. Paul (Channel 13), Comcast Minneapolis (Channel 23). No local TV in Grand Forks, ND.
Records and Rankings: UND (12-9-2 overall, 8-8-0 WCHA); UND is ranked 17th in the USCHO poll. North Dakota split with the Gophers last weekend (2-1 W, 2-6 L). University of North Dakota Official Release.
Saint Cloud State University (9-11-4, 6-7-3 WCHA); unranked in the latest USCHO poll. Saint Cloud State University split with Colorado College last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1-3 L, 5-4 W). Saint Cloud State University Official release.
Series History: The University of North Dakota is 57-30-11 (.638) against the SCSU Huskies in the all-time series.
Players to Watch:
For UND: Forwards: Danny Kristo (12-13a—24pts), Corbin Knight (6g-15a—21pts) and Brock Nelson (16g-9a—25pts). Defense: Nick Mattson (5g-8a—13pts), Dillion Simpson, (0g-11a—11pts), Ben Blood (2g-9a—11pts). Goaltenders: Aaron Dell .892 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average. Brad Eidsness .915 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average.
UND Injuries: Forward Rocco Grimaldi is out, Brendan O’Donnell out, defenseman Derek Forbort out, Michael Parks is questionable, Derek Rodwell is out (season shoulder)
For the Huskies: Forwards: Ben Hanowski (12g-13—25pts), Jared Festler (10g-8a—18pts), Travis Novak (7g-10a—17pts). Defense: Nick Jensen (5g-14a—19pts). Goalie Ryan Faragher .909 save percentage and a 2.82 goals against average.
SCSU Injuries and departures: Mike Lee is out, Drew LeBlanc is out, Mitch MacMillian transfer to UND, Cam Reid left school for the Western Hockey League.
Other games in the WCHA: Alaska Anchorage at Wisconsin, Minnesota State at Nebraska Omaha, Colorado at Minnesota, Alabama Huntsville at Minnesota Duluth, Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech (Friday).