This weekend, the top-ranked North Dakota travels to Denver, Colorado, to take on their arch rival Denver in a two-game conference series. UND enters the weekend unbeaten in five games (4-0-1, .900). This is the final series of 2014. UND will be off until January 3, 2015, when they play an exhibition game against U.S. Under-18 team

Series History

All-time, UND has a 138-118-9 (.537) record against Denver.  On home ice, UND leads 81-42-6 (.651). In Denver, UND trails the series 52-69-3 (.431). At neutral sites, UND trails Denver 5-7-0 (.417). Under head coach Dave Hakstol, UND has 15-17-1 (.470) record against Denver. Last 10 games, UND leads 6-3-1 (.650). For those keeping track at home, the last four games of the series have been played in Denver (2-2, .500).

Tale of the tape

#1 North Dakota (12-3-1, 5-2-1 NCHC) vs. #11Denver  (9-4-0, 3-2-0 NCHC).
Date: December 12-13, 2014
Game Time: Friday 7:37, Saturday 7:07 p.m. MT
Location: Magness Arena, Denver Colorado
Last time out: Denver split with Cornel (1-4 L, 3-1 W)
Last time out: UND swept Lake State (7-4 W, 3-1)
DU Offense: 11th Nationally
DU Defense: 22th Nationally
UND Offense: 10th Nationally
UND Defense: 13th Nationally
TV: Friday – ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, DirecTV (channel 683), DISH Network (channel 414)
TV: Saturday – None
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV
UND series notes
Denver series notes

Key players to watch

North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (7g-14a—21pts), Michael Parks (6g-13a—19pts), Mark MacMillan (8g-7a—15pts), Nick Schmaltz (2g-12a—14pts), Luke Johnson (4g-5a—9pts), Brendan O’Donnell (5g-2a—7pts). Defense: Jordan Schmaltz (3g-11a—14pts), Tucker Poolman (5g-2a—7pts), Paul LaDue (3g-6a—9pts), Gage Ausmus (2g-1a—3pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (12-3-2, 1.94 GAA, .929 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 5.54 GAA, .765 SV%).

UND Injuries: Troy Stecher (1g-8a—9pts) 6-8 weeks (lower-body injury).

Denver – Forward: Danton Heinen (6g-10a—16pts), Daniel Doremus (4g-11a—15pts), Trevor Moore (5g-9a—14pts), Quentin Shore (5g-6a—11pts). Defense: Joey LaLeggia (5g-6a—11pts), Nolan Zajac (3g-7a—10pts). Goalies: Evan Cowley (6-4-0, 1.98 GAA, .922 Sv%, Tanner Jaillet (3-0-0, 2.34 GAA, .909 SV%).

Special teams

Denver – The Pioneers penalty kill is ranked 27th in the nation (50/59, 84.7%). The Pioneers power play is ranked 4th in the nation (16/58, 27.6%).

North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 14th in the nation (66/75, 88.0%). UND’s power play is ranked 10th in the nation (18/78, 23.1%).

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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