The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux travel to Denver University to play the Pioneers at Magness Arena February 24-25, 2012.
Game Time: 9:07 pm CT Friday and 8:07 pm CT Saturday Night
Records and Rankings: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (17-11-3 overall, 13-10-1 WCHA); The Fighting Sioux are ranked 14th in the USCHO poll and 12th in the USA Today Poll. North Dakota took three of four points in their weekend series with Michigan Tech University (4-2 W, 1-1 T). Official Release
Denver Pioneers (18-10-4, 13-7-4 WCHA) are ranked 9th in the USCHO Poll and 10th in the USA Today Poll. The Pioneers split their weekend series with the Wisconsin Badgers (3-0 W, 2-5 L). Denver is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. Official Release
Series History: The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux leads the all-time series against the Denver Pioneers 130-115-8 (.535). UND has a record of 49-66-3 against the DU in Denver. Fighting Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol’s teams have a 11-14-1 record against the Denver Pioneers. The Fighting Sioux have won four of the last five games they have played against DU 4-1-0. UND was 3-1-0 against DU last season.
Radio: UND 96.1 (KQHT-FM) – The Fox.
Webcast: There will be no webcast this weekend.
TV Friday: NBC Sports Network – 603 DirecTV
TV Saturday: Root Sports Rocky Mountain – 683 DirecTV
Players to Watch:
For UND: Forwards: Danny Kristo (14g-19a—33pts), Corbin Knight (11g-19a—30pts) and Brock Nelson (20g-15a—35pts), Carter Rowney (14g-9a—23pts). Defense: Nick Mattson (5g-11a—16pts), Dillon Simpson, (1g-13a—14pts), Ben Blood (2g-12a—14pts). Goaltenders: Aaron Dell .890 save percentage and a 2.90 goals against average. Brad Eidsness .926 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average.
UND Injuries: Forward Rocco Grimaldi is out (season knee surgery), Brendan O’Donnell is out (season ending surgery), Derek Rodwell is out (season shoulder surgery).
For DU Forwards: Jason Zucker (17g-20a—37pts), Drew Shore (18g-24a—42pts), Nick Shore (10g-19a—22pts) Luke Salazar (8g-13a—21pts) Defense: Joey LaLeggia (10g-23a—33pts), Jon Lee (3g-9a—12pts) Paul Phillips (1g-8a—9pts) Goaltender: Sam Brittain .923 save percentage and a 2.51 goals against average.
Other games in the WCHA: Colorado College at Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota at Nebraska Omaha, Wisconsin at Bemidji State, Michigan Tech at Saint Cloud State. Non-Conference Friday: Alaska at Alaska Anchorage. Saturday: Alaska Anchorage at Alaska. Idle Minnesota State.