Game Day: Fighting Hawks vs. Huskies, A Series Preview

by | Nov 20, 2015

This weekend, the University of North Dakota travels to St. Cloud, MN, to take on the St. Cloud State University Huskies in an important conference matchup between the top-two teams. Unfortunately, this will be the only season series between the two teams during the 2015-16 season.

Historically: This will be UND’s first series as the Fighting Hawks.

Series History

All-time, UND leads the series against SCSU 65-38-12 (.617). In Grand Forks: UND leads the series against the Huskies 32-16-6 (.648). In St. Cloud: UND leads the series against the Huskies 26-20-6 (.558). At neutral sites: UND leads the series 7-2-0 (.778). Under head coach Brad Berry: First Meeting. Last 10: UND leads 5-4-1 (.550). For those keeping track, UND has won four of the last five games.

#4 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (9-1-2, 4-0-0 NCHC) at #7 St. Cloud State Huskies (8-2-0, 4-0-0 NCHC)

Date: November 20-21, 2015
Time: Friday 7:37 pm CT, Saturday 7:07 pm CT
Location: Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (5,159) • St. Cloud, Minn.
Radio: Home of Economy UND Sports Radio Network
Friday TV: FSN+, FCS, DirecTV 668-2, DISH Network (446/9516)
Saturday TV: Midco Sports Network, Charter

Tale of the Tape

North Dakota

UND Last Time Out: Swept Miami (6-2 W, 4-3 O.T. W)
UND Offense: 13th, 3.58 GPG
UND Defense: 7th, 1.83 G/GM
UND Scoring Margin: 7th, 1.75
UND Power Play: 41st, (7/49, 14.3%)
UND Penalty Kill: 42nd, (30/36, 83.3%)
UND Penalty Minutes: 29th, 11.3 PIM/G
USCHO Ranking: 4
Corsi Ranking: 61.9%
(UND Official Game Notes)

SCSU Huskies

SCSU Last Time Out:
SCSU Offense: 6th, 4.10 GPG
SCSU Defense: 3rd, 1.50 G/GM
SCSU Scoring Margin: 3rd, 2.60
SCSU Power Play: 20th, (8/37, 21.6%)
SCSU Penalty Kill: 24th, (22/26, 84.6%)
SCSU Penalty Minutes: 46th, 8.3 PIM/G
SCSU USCHO Ranking: 7
SCSU Corsi Ranking: 53.6%
(SCSU Game Notes)
(s/t College Hockey Stats Net)

Players of Note

North Dakota Fighting Hawks: Forwards: Drake Caggiula (4g-9a—13pts), Nick Schmaltz (2g-11a—13pts), Brock Boeser (7g-5a—12pts), Bryn Chyzyk (6g-3a—9pts), Luke Johnson (3g-4a—7pts), Johnny Simonson (2g-4a—6pts), Defense: Troy Stecher (2g-7a—9pts), Christian Wolanin (3g-3a—6pts), Tucker Poolman (0g-5a—5pts), Gage Ausmus (0g-4a—4pts), Keaton Thompson (1g-3a—4pts). Goaltenders: Cam Johnson (1-0-1, 1.82 GAA, .907 SV%), Matt Hrynkiw (8-1-1, 1.81 GAA, .920 Sv%). (UND Stats)

UND Injuries: Goalies: Matej Tomek, Colten St. Clair.

SCSU Huskies: Patrick Russell (6g-6a—12pts), Kalle Kossila (2g-10a—12pts), Joey Benik (7g-3a—10pts), David Morley (3g-6a—9pts), Judd Peterson (6g-3a—9pts). Defense: Ethan Prow (1g-6a—7pts), Nathan Widman (0g-6a—6pts), Will Borgen (0g-5a—5pts). Goalies: Charlie Lindgren (7-2-0, 1.49 GAA, .944 SV%), Rasmus Reijola (1-0-0, 1.61 GAA, .929 SV%). (SCSU Stats)

Series Prediction

There’s a lot of hype surround this series. It’s the battle of the two top-teams in the NCHC. Historically, in St Cloud, there’s hasn’t been a sweep in the National Hockey Center since SCSU swept UND (4-8 L, 1-6 L) on November 3-4, 2001. Going with the safe bet, split: UND 4-1, SCSU 4-2.

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