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
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It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin' on the... Posted on 8/31/11 at 12:07 PM
UND has an older, experienced basketball men’s basketball team. Still, it was almost an eye-opening experience for the North Dakota players when they made their first appearance at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night to meet Butler.
Five high school seniors have signed letters of intent to play baseball for UND. The five are: Brett Harrison, Winnipeg; Zach Heaser, Eyota, Minn.; Miles Lewis, Hudson, Wis.; Cameron Powell, Bourbonnais, Ill; and Connor Trygstad, Plymouth, Minn.
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.
UND made a trip to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night and for the first 16 minutes of the game, UND had a surprising shot at making history. But Butler University — now a member of the big-time Big East — used a four-minute power surge late in the first half to defeat North Dakota 79-64 before 6,355 fans at Hinkle — the sixth-oldest venue in college basketball.
It was bitterly cold outside the other night at my lake cabin, my reluctance to close it up for the winter now edging into the second week of December. Outside, great pillows of snow adorned the cluster of needles on the pine trees.
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.
UND men’s basketball coach Brian Jones has been in Hinkle Fieldhouse a number times during his time at Iowa. Hinkle is the home to Butler and it’s also where the movie Hoosiers was filmed. It’s a special place, he said. The fans are knowledgeable and passionate.
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.
It will be a busy holiday season for the UND athletic department. UND now has two high-profile coaching positions to fill with the resignation of volleyball coach Ashley Hardee on Wednesday afternoon. UND already is searching for a head football coach to replace Chris Mussman, who was let go last month.
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