East Grand Forks native Gage Ausmus, a stay-at-home shutdown defenseman, gave a verbal commitment Thursday to play for UND beginning in the fall. Ausmus, who played for the U.S. Under-18 team this season, will add some grit and physicality to UND’s defensive corps.
UND addressed one of its offseason needs by adding a goaltender from Saskatchewan to replace third-string netminder Tate Maris.
Matt Hrynkiw (pronounced her-in-cue) will come to campus beginning this fall and he brings some strong credentials.
Danny Kristo’s goal is to play in the NHL. Whether that happens next season with the Montreal Canadiens remains to be seen.
But Kristo will receive some valuable experience next month as the former UND standout was named to the U.S. National Men’s team on Thursday.
Early in the month, UND finished one goal away from winning the MacNaughton Cup. Saturday afternoon’s near-miss was a lot more painful. In the final eight minutes, UND watched a 1-0 lead turn into a 4-1 loss to Yale University in the NCAA West Regional final in a quiet Van Andel Arena.
Nobody has to remind UND’s seniors how their freshman year ended. “Obviously, losing to Yale, it was a bit of an early lesson as freshmen,” senior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam said. “Yale’s a heck of a team. They’re going to be good.” UND will get another shot at the Bulldogs.
UND captain Andrew MacWilliam scored a game-tying goal early in the third period, Kristo scored the eventual winner 57 seconds later and UND earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Niagara University in a first-round NCAA tournament game in Van Andel Arena.
When the NCAA placed the 2013 men’s hockey West Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., the organization probably didn’t envision the season unfolding this way. For the first time since 1979, the NCAA tournament doesn’t include at least one school from Michigan.
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