This Friday, the University of North Dakota takes on the St. Cloud State Huskies in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff. The winner advances to the Frozen Faceoff Finals on Saturday.

Series History

All-time, UND leads the series against St. Cloud State 64-37-12 (.619). In Grand Forks, UND leads the series against the Huskies 32-16-6 (.648). In St. Cloud, UND leads the series 26-20-6 (.558). At neutral sites, UND leads 6-1-0 (.857). Under head coach Dave Hakstol, UND leads the series 26-15-7 (.615). Last 10,UND trails 4-5-1 (.450). In the conference playoffs, UND leads 10-2-0 (.833). Season series, UND leads 3-1-0 (.750).

UND Defenseman Paul LaDue (Peter Bottini, UND Athletics)

Tale of the tape

#1North Dakota (27-7-3) vs. #5 St. Cloud State Huskies (18-17-1)
Frozen Faceoff: March, 20-21, 2015
Game Time: Friday 4:08 pm CT
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Last time out: SCSU swept UNO (2-1 W, 3-1W)
Last time out: UND Swept (5-3 W, 2-1 W)
SCSU Offense: 27th Nationally
SCSU Defense: 26th Nationally
SCSU Last 10 games: 6-4-0 (.600)
UND Offense: 8th Nationally
UND Defense: 7th Nationally
UND PWR: 1st
UND Last 10 games: 8-1-1 (.850)
TV: Friday:  CBS Sports Network, DirecTV 221, DISH Network 158
Live Streaming: None

Key Players to watch

North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (16g-17a—33pts), Michael Parks (124g-20a—32pts), Nick Schmaltz (5g-21a—26pts), Luke Johnson (8g-13a—21pts), Brendan O’Donnell (13g-6a—19pts), Connor Gaarder (8g-10a—18pts). Defense: Jordan Schmaltz (4g-23a—27pts), Paul LaDue (5g-16a—21pts), Nick Mattson (4g-16a—20pts), Tucker Poolman (7g-6a—13pts), Troy Stecher (2g-9a—11pts), Keaton Thompson (2g-8a—10pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (27-7-3, 1.97 GAA, .932 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 5.54 GAA, .765SV%).

UND Injuries: Mark MacMillan (16g-9a—25pts) out for the season lower-body injury.

St. Cloud State – Forwards: Jonny Brodzinski (19g-16a—35pts), Joey Benik (14g-21p—35pts), Kalle Kossila (5g-20a—25pts), David Morely (16g-11a—27pts), Patrick Russell (10g-13a—23pts). Defense: Ethan Prow (4g-15a—19pts), Andrew Prochno (3g-12a—15pts), Nathan Wideman (2g-6a—8pts). Goalies: Charlie Lindgren (17-16-1, 2.27 GAA, .920 SV%), Rasmus Reijola (1-1-0, 2.13 GAA, .901 SV%).

Special teams

St. Cloud State – The Huskies penalty kill is ranked 44th in the nation (88/110, 80.0%). The Huskies power play is ranked 5th in the nation (35/145 24.1%).

North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 24th in the nation (128/152, 84.2%). UND’s power play is ranked 12th in the nation (31/153, 20.3%).

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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