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.

Series history

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%).

Special teams

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%).

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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