This weekend, the University of North Dakota hockey team takes on the Denver Pioneers in an important two-game conference series at Ralph Engelstad Arena. There are four weeks left in the regular season.

Series History

All-time, UND leads the series against the Pioneers 139-119-9 (.537). In Grand Forks, UND leads the series  81-42-6 (.651). In Denver, UND trails in the series 53-70-3 (.433).

At neutral sites, UND trails 5-7-0 (.417).  Under head coach Dave Hakstol, UND trails  in the series 16-18-1 (.471). In the last 10 games against the Pioneers, UND leads 5-4-1 (.550).

Tale of the tape

#2North Dakota (19-6-2, 10-5-1 NCHC) vs. #9 Denver Pioneers (16-9-3, 9-7-0 NCHC).
Date: February 13-14, 2015
Game Time: Friday 7:37 p.m. CT, Saturday 7:07 p.m. CT
Location: Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks ND.
Last time out: DU shut out C.C. 3-0 last Friday
Last time out: North Dakota was Idle last week
DU Offense: 18h Nationally
DU Defense: 9th Nationally
DU PWR: 9th
DU Last 10 games: 6-4 (.600)
UND Offense: 9th Nationally
UND Defense: 8th Nationally
UND PWR: 2nd
UND Last 10 games: 7-2-1 (.750)
TV: Friday:  Midco Sports Network
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV
TV: Saturday:  Midco Sports Network, FOX College Sports Central, DirecTV (608), DISH Network (452)
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV

Key Players to watch

North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (11g-16a—27pts), Michael Parks (9g-18a—27pts), Mark MacMillan (15g-8a—23pts), Nick Schmaltz (3g-16a—19pts), Brendan O’Donnell (10g-5a—15pts), Luke Johnson (6g-8a—14pts), Defense: Jordan Schmaltz (3g-18a—21pts), Paul LaDue (3g-11a—14pts), Tucker Poolman (6g-4a—10pts), Nick Mattson (1g-8a—9pts), Gage Ausmus (2g-2a—4pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (19-6-2, 1.96 GAA, .931 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 5.54 GAA, .765SV%).

UND Injuries: None reported.

Denver – Forwards: Danton Heinen (10g-19a—29pts), Trevor Moore (13g-13a—26pts), Daniel Doremus (7g-15a—22pts), Quentin Shore (8g-10a—18pts). Defense: Joey LaLeggia (9g-15a—24pts), Nolan Zajac (5g-14a—19pts), Will Butcher (2g-9a—11pts), Adam Plant (0g-7a—7pts). Goalies: Tanner Jaillet (9-4-0, 1.97 GAA and a .927 SV%), Evan Cowley (7-5-1, 2.05 GAA,  and a .927 SV%).

Special teams

Denver University – The Pioneers penalty kill is ranked 8th in the nation (78/89, 87.6%). The Pioneers power play is ranked 6th in the nation (23/102 22.5%).

North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 16th in the nation (95/112, 84.8%). UND’s power play is ranked 20th in the nation (24/105, 20.9%).

About The Author

College Hockey Writer, Contributing Editor

Eric Burton is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Eric covers college hockey and the University of North Dakota for Inside Hockey. Eric is the editor of the SIN BIN. Lastly, Eric was the college hockey writer for The Hockey Writers.

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