STAFF BLOG UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA HOCKEY Gameday final: UND 3, WMU 2
TONIGHT'S VIEWING INFO: No TV. Webcast at UNDsports.com. Lineup notes: Brendan O'Donnell (inj) and Gage Ausmus are out, Mitch MacMillan and Paul LaDue are in. Cichy moved to second line with Balisy fo... Posted on 12/7/13 at 4:51 PM
STAFF BLOG THE AREA VOICES COMMUNITY Why is an NDSU student writing blog about Fighting Sioux hockey?
To be fair NDSU junior Bri Gefroh's blog isn't just about The Fighting Sioux, it's about hockey as a whole. And more accurately her love of the sport. She writes:
"For the Love of Hockey is a female-... Posted on 3/19/13 at 3:04 PM
THE NEW FORTY Thank you Summit, South Dakota!
In the midst of blizzard conditions, it is still mighty warm and cozy in Summit, South Dakota. In true Midwest form, community members in Summit rose to the occasion when student fans of UND's hockey ... Posted on 2/10/13 at 5:52 PM
FATHER KNOWS LAST The Super Bowl in Grand Forks
My name is Jim, and Im a football fan! I especially enjoy watching the Minnesota Vikings and the North Dakota State Bison, but all football is good in my opinion. Unfortunately, I live in Grand Fo... Posted on 2/5/12 at 2:47 PM
Clarkson forward Jamie Lee Rattray scored both goals in a 2-1 Clarkson victory over UND on Saturday afternoon to help the Golden Knights grab a split against UND in a matchup that both teams know will be big come NCAA tournament selection time.
Inside the UND locker room, the music blared. Outside, players smiled, laughed and joked. “We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” senior captain Dillon Simpson explained. That’s why Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over Western Michigan was so rewarding for the UND men’s hockey team.
The UND women’s hockey team took a big step toward the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon. Even though it’s still three months until the bracket will be picked, UND’s 2-1 win over No. 6 Clarkson figures to pay big dividends at that time.
UND used two goals by freshman Luke Johnson, one by senior Derek Rodwell and an outstanding performance by goaltender Zane Gothberg to earn an 3-2 victory over Western Michigan in front of 3,110 lively fans at the Lawson Ice Center.
The Broncos (6-5-3) have won four games in a row and have only allowed three goals in the last five games. They rank in the top 10 nationally in team defense for the third year in a row under Murray, who coached 10 years in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues.
Winning faceoffs is not a concern Dave Hakstol has had in a while. Thanks to players such as Corban Knight, Brad Malone, Chris VandeVelde, T.J. Oshie, Jonathan Toews, Travis Zajac and Zach Parise, UND has ranked near the top nationally in that category each year in the last decade. But this season, that dominant center is not there yet.
St. Louis Blues forward David Backes remembers fondly the games he played against T.J. Oshie while the two were Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals. Oshie and Backes are not only teammates now but also linemates for one of the NHL’s top teams.
After a slow start to the season, UND started on the road back during Saturday’s 3-3 tie at Boston University. The team threw 58 shots on net — the most in 13 years — and looked like a squad that could contend for a 12th straight NCAA tournament berth.
When the national college hockey poll was released Monday afternoon, there was a rarity. The UND men’s hockey team was not ranked. It hasn’t happened often since the poll started in 1997, but UND did face a strikingly similar situation just two years ago.
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