This weekend the top-ranked University of North Dakota travels to Kalamazoo, Michigan, to take on the Western Michigan Broncos in an important two-game conference series. There are three weeks remaining in the season. This is the first meeting of the between the two teams.

Series History

All-time, UND leads the series against the Broncos 9-1-0 (.900). In Grand Forks, UND leads the series 3-1-0 (.750). In Kalamazoo, UND leads the series 4-0-0 (1.000). At neutral sites, UND leads the series 2-0-0 (1.000). Under head coach Dave Hakstol, UND leads the series 5-1-0 (.833). In the last 10 against the Broncos, UND leads 9-1-0 (.900). Last season, UND had a 4-0-1 record against the Broncos.

Tale of the tape

#1North Dakota (20-6-3, 11-5-2-0 NCHC) vs. Western Michigan Broncos (12-12-4, 5-9-4-3 NCHC).
Date: February 20-21, 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: WMU split with UNO (2-1 W, 1-3 L)
Last time out: UND took four-of-six points from DU (4-2 W, 3-3 T)
WMU Offense: 32nd Nationally
WMU Defense: 34th Nationally
WMU PWR: 23rd
WMU Last 10 games: 5-3-2 (.600)
UND Offense: 7th Nationally
UND Defense: 9th Nationally
UND PWR: 2nd
UND Last 10 games: 7-2-1 (.750)
TV: Friday:  CBS Sports Network, DirecTV 221, DISH Network 158
Live Streaming: None
TV: Saturday:  None
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV

Key Players to watch

North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (13g-16a—29pts), Michael Parks (11g-18a—29pts), Mark MacMillan (15g-8a—23pts), Nick Schmaltz (4g-17a—21pts), Brendan O’Donnell (10g-5a—15pts), Luke Johnson (6g-12a—18pts), Defense: Jordan Schmaltz (3g-20a—23pts), Paul LaDue (3g-12a—15pts), Nick Mattson (2g-9a—11pts), Tucker Poolman (6g-4a—10pts), Keaton Thompson (1g-7a—8pts), Gage Ausmus (2g-2a—4pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (20-6-2, 2.00 GAA, .930 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 5.54 GAA, .765SV%).

UND Injuries: None reported.

Western Michigan – Forward: Colton Hargrove (12g-10a—22pts), Sheldon Dries (11g-11a—22pts), Justin Kovacs (4g-17a—21pts), Frederik Tiffels (8g-8a—16pts), Will Kessel (5g-10a—16pts). Defense: Kenney Morrison (5g-9a—14pts), Chris Dienes (1g-12a—13pts), Taylor Fleming (2g-9a—11pts). Goalies: Lukas Hafner (10-8-4, 2.28 GAA, .919 SV%), Frank Slubowski (2-4-4, 3.18 GAA, .908 SV%).

WMU Injuries Nolan LaPorte (9g-11a—20pts) lower-body injury.

Special teams

Western Michigan University – The Broncos penalty kill is ranked 36th in the nation (106/131, 80.9%). The Broncos power play is ranked 5th in the nation (25/108 23.1%).

North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 23rd in the nation (100/118, 84.7%). UND’s power play is ranked 20th in the nation (26/119, 21.8%).

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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