Series Preview: UND vs. SCSU

This weekend, the University of North Dakota hockey team entertains the St. Cloud State Huskies in an important two-game conference series. This is the final home series of the regular season.

Series History

All-time, UND leads the series against SCSU 62-37-12 (.613). In Grand Forks, UND  leads the series against the Huskies 30-16-6 (.635). In St. Cloud, UND leads the series 26-20-6 (.558), At Neutral sites, UND leads the series 6-1-0 (.857). Under head coach Dave Hakstol, ND leads the series 24-15-7 (.598). In the last 10 games against the Huskies, UND trails 3-6-1 (.350).  UND has split the last two series against the Huskies.

Tale of the tape

#1North Dakota (22-6-3, 13-5-2-0 NCHC) vs. St. Cloud State Huskies (15-14-1, 10-9-1-0 NCHC).
Date: February 27-28, 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: SCSU swept UNO (4-3 W, 2-0 W)
Last time out: UND swept WMU (3-1 W, 3-2 W O.T.)
SCSU Offense: 24th Nationally
SCSU Defense: 25th Nationally
SCSU PWR: 14th
SCSU Last 10 games: 6-4-0 (.600)
UND Offense: 7th Nationally
UND Defense: 10th Nationally
UND PWR: 2nd
UND Last 10 games: 8-1-1 (.850)
TV: Friday:  CBS Sports Network, DirecTV 221, DISH Network 158
Live Streaming: None
TV: Saturday:   Midco Sports Network, FOX College Sports Atlantic, DirecTV 608, DISH Network 449
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV

Key Players to watch

North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (15g-16a—31pts), Michael Parks (12g-19a—31pts), Mark MacMillan (16g-9a—25pts), Nick Schmaltz (4g-19a—23pts), Luke Johnson (6g-12a—18pts), Brendan O’Donnell (10g-5a—15pts). Defense: Jordan Schmaltz (3g-22a—25pts), Paul LaDue (4g-13a—17pts), Nick Mattson (2g-11a—13pts), Tucker Poolman (6g-5a—11pts), Keaton Thompson (1g-7a—8pts), Gage Ausmus (2g-2a—4pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (22-6-2, 1.96 GAA, .932 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 5.54 GAA, .765SV%).

UND Injuries: None reported.

St. Cloud State – Forwards: Jonny Brodzinski (17g-12a—29pts), Joey Benik (11g-18p—29pts), Kalle Kossila (4g-20a—24pts), David Morely (12g-11a—23pts), Patrick Russell (10g-13a—23pts). Defense: Ethan Prow 3g-12a—15pts), Andrew Prochno (3g-11a—14pts), Tim Daly (1g-6a—7pts). Goalies: Charlie Lindgren (14-13-1, 2.30 GAA, .916 SV%), Rasmus Reijola (1-1-0, 2.36 GAA, .892 SV%)

Special teams

St. Cloud State – The Huskies penalty kill is ranked 44th in the nation (73/92, 79.3%). The Huskies power play is ranked 3rd in the nation (29/124 23.4%).

North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 23rd in the nation (108/127, 85.0%). UND’s power play is ranked 17th in the nation (27/132, 20.3%).