This weekend, the top-ranked North Dakota entertains seventh ranked Minnesota-Duluth in an important two-game conference series. This is the first series for both teams in 2015.
All-time UND leads the series against the Bulldogs 139-76-9 (.641). In Grand Forks, UND leads the series 77-32-3 (.701) In Duluth, UND leads the series 57-39-5 (.589). At neutral sites, the series is tied 2-2-1 (.500). Under head coach Dave Hakstol, UND leads the series 22-8-3 (.712). Last 10 games against the Bulldogs, UND leads the series 6-3-1 (.650).
Tale of the tape
#2 North Dakota (13-4-2, 6-3-1 NCHC) vs. #7 UMD (12-6-0, 7-3-0 NCHC).
Date: January 9-10, 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: UMD split with Michigan Tech (3-1 W, 4-3 L)
Last time out: UND split with Denver (1-4 L, 3-1 W).
UMD Offense: 8th Nationally
UMD Defense: 20th Nationally
UMD PWR: 3rd
UND Offense: 14th Nationally
UND Defense: 17th Nationally
UND PWR: 7th
TV: Friday – Midco Sports Network, My9 TV (Duluth viewing area)
TV: CBS Sports Network, DirecTV (channel 221), DISH Network (channel 158)
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV – Friday
Key players to watch
North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (8g-14a—22pts), Michael Parks (6g-14a—20pts), Mark MacMillan (8g-7a—15pts), Luke Johnson (4g-5a—9pts), Brendan O’Donnell (5g-2a—7pts). Defense: Jordan Schmaltz (3g-11a—14pts), Paul LaDue (3g-6a—9pts), Tucker Poolman (5g-2a—7pts), Gage Ausmus (2g-1a—3pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (13-4-2, 1.95 GAA, .929 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 5.54 GAA, .765SV%).
UND Injuries: Troy Stecher (lower body injury), Colton St. Clair (upper body injury) and Trevor Olson (mono) are out indefinitely.
Minnesota-Duluth – Forwards: Dominic Toninato (13g-5a—18pts), Austin Farley (7g-8a—15pts), Tony Cameranesi (4g-9a—13pts), Alex Iafallo (3g-10a—13pts), Karson Kuhlman (5g-6a—11pts). Defense: Andy Welisnki (6g-7a—13pts), Carson Soucy (2g-4a—6pts), Nick McCormack (0g-4a—4pts). Goalies: Kasimir Kaskisuo (11-4-9, 2.12 GAA and .920 SV%), Matt McNeely (1-2-0, 2.37 GAA and .905 SV%).
Minnesota-Duluth – The Bulldogs penalty kill is ranked 37th in the nation (62/76, 81.6%). The Bulldogs power play is ranked 17th in the nation (18/90 20.0%).
North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 17th in the nation (66/75, 86.9%). UND’s power play is ranked 10th in the nation (18/84, 21.4%).