This weekend, second-ranked North Dakota travels to Saint Cloud, MN, to take on the 16-ranked St. Cloud State Huskies in a two-game conference series at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. This series will feature the defending regular season champion against the preseason favorite. This series could go a long way in determining the regular season championship. This series will also have national implications in the Pairwise Rankings.

Series history

All-time, UND is 61-36-12 (.615) against St. Cloud State University. In Grand Forks, ND, UND is 30-16-6 (.635) against the Huskies. In St. Cloud MN, UND is 25-19-6 (.560).  At neutral sites, UND holds a 6-1-0 (.857) against the Huskies. Under head coach Dave Hakstol, UND has a 23-14-7 (.602) record against SCSU.

Lately, UND hasn’t had a lot of success against the Huskies. In the last 10 games against SCSU, UND trails 4-5-1 (.450). UND is 1-5-1 (.214) in the last seven games against the Huskies. This includes a 1-3-0 (.250) record last season.

Tale of the tape

#2 North Dakota (8-1-1, 2-0-0 NCHC) vs. #16 St. Cloud State Huskies (4-5-1, 1-2-1 NCHC)
Date: November 21-22, 2014.
Game Time: Friday 7:37, Saturday 7:07 p.m. CT.
Location: Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud, MN.
Last time out: SCSU took three points against WMU (4-3 W, 1-1 T).
Last time out: UND split with Miami (2-3 L, 4-1 W).
SCSU Offense: 39th Nationally.
SCSU Defense: 30th Nationally.
UND Offense: 7th Nationally.
UND Defense: 13th Nationally.
TV: Friday – FOX Sports North PLUS, DirecTV (668-2), DISH Network.
TV: Saturday – Charter (ch. 426/823), Comcast (ch. 999) in local St. Cloud area only.
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV.
North Dakota Series Notes
SCSU Series Notes

Key Players to Watch

North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (6g-10a—16pts), Michael Parks (5g-9a—14pts), Mark MacMillan (6g-4a—10pts), Luke Johnson (3g-3a—6pts), Bryn Chyzyk (2g-2a—4pts). Defense: Paul LaDue (3g-5a—8pts), Troy Stecher (1g-7a—8pts) Jordan Schmaltz (1g-6a—7pts), Tucker Poolman (3g-0a—3pts), Gage Ausmus (1g-1a—2pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (8-2-1, 1.95 GAA, .928 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 2.68 GAA, .800 SV%).

UND Injuries: Nick Schmaltz (1g-7a—8pts) is out indefinitely.

St. Cloud State – Forwards: Kale Kossila (2g-6a—8pts), Jonny Brodzinski (5g-3a—8pts), Joey Benik (5g-3a—8pts). Defense: Andrew Prochno (2g-5a—7pts), Ethan Prow (1g-3a—4pts). Goalies: Charlie Lindgren (4-5-1, 2.49 GAA, .909 SV%), Rasmus Reijola (0-0-0, 2.35 GAA, .889 SV%)

Special teams

St. Cloud State – The Huskies penalty kill is ranked 27th in the nation (34/40, 85.0%). The Huskies power play is ranked 6th in the nation (11/44, 26.2%).

North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 21st in the nation (45/52, 86.5%). UND’s power play is ranked 16th  in the nation (12/57, 21.1%).

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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