STAFF BLOG UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA HOCKEY Weekly Wednesday update
Apologies for the late update, but today was a way-too-busy day with way-too-many stories to write before deadline.
UND will bench freshman defenseman Paul LaDue for Friday night's game because of a ... Posted on 12/5/13 at 12:40 AM
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
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.
The UND men’s hockey team admits that there’s some frustration creeping in.
“Absolutely,” forward Rocco Grimaldi said. “It’s tough, I’m not going to lie,” defenseman Nick Mattson said. “It wears on you.” Things didn’t get any better on Friday night, either.
In a formal press conference in Agganis Arena on Friday night, a typically stern Dave Hakstol refused to look past this weekend and worry about the implications of a rough start to his UND men’s hockey season.
Officially, UND and Wisconsin skated to a 0-0 tie at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night before 1,017 fans. A tie against the No. 2 team in the country can be viewed as a good night at the rink for UND.
I arrived at my cabin late Wednesday afternoon with darkness about to descend. But before heading back to Grand Forks last weekend to take in the UND-Duluth hockey games, I’d stacked my fireplace with kindling. I had it ready for a strike of the match to bring instant warmth flowing through the cabin.
If the UND men’s hockey team is to get momentum going this season, it will have to start on the defensive end. Through the first month and a half of the college hockey season, UND (4-5-1) is allowing an average of 3.30 goals per game, which ranks last among eight National Collegiate Hockey Conference teams and 44th nationally.
It’s a 24-hour rule for most coaches. Enjoy a win for that long, then turn your focus to the next game. That wasn’t the case for the UND women’s hockey team after becoming the first team to defeat the University of Minnesota in 639 days, a span of three seasons.
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