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ICE TIME: Miami at UND

MIAMI AT NO. 2 UND

When: 7:37 tonight, 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Ralph Engelstad Arena (tickets available).

TV: Midco Sports Network.

Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM).

Webcast: NCHC.tv.

Live blog: undhockey.areavoices.com.

TEAM STATS

North Dakota

Scoring

24 Christian Wolanin jr d 3-6--9

16 Grant Mismash fr f 3-5--8

8 Nick Jones jr f 3-4--7

19 Shane Gersich jr f 3-3--6

22 Rhett Gardner jr f 2-4--6

18 Collin Adams fr f 4-1--5

25 Joel Janatuinen jr f 0-5--5

2 Gabe Bast fr d 1-3--4

6 Colton Poolman so d 1-3--4

5 Casey Johnson so d 1-3--4

27 Ludvig Hoff so f 1-2--3

28 Hayden Shaw jr d 0-3--3

29 Jordan Kawaguchi fr f 2-0--2

14 Austin Poganski sr f 2-0--2

26 Cole Smith so f 1-1--2

11 Trevor Olson sr f 0-2--2

10 Johnny Simonson sr f 1-0--1

3 Matt Kiersted fr d 1-0--1

9 Dixon Bowen so f 0-1--1

4 Andrew Peski so d 0-1--1

20 Josh Rieger fr d 0-1--1

7 Zach Yon so f 0-1--1

Goaltending

33 Cam Johnson sr 5-2-1 1.63 .925

1 Peter Thome fr 1-0-1 1.92 .935

Miami

Scoring

9 Gordie Green so f 4-9--13

55 Grant Hutton jr d 5-3--8

37 Josh Melnick jr f 2-6--8

58 Louie Belpedio sr d 4-3--7

67 Phil Knies fr f 2-3--5

27 Scott Dornbrock sr d 1-4--5

44 Kiefer Sherwood jr f 2-2--4

39 Casey Gilling fr f 2-2--4

74 Austin Alger fr f 2-1--3

18 Carson Meyer so f 1-2--3

85 Karch Bachman so f 1-2--3

10 Ben Lown fr f 0-3--3

42 Conor Lemirande sr f 1-1--2

31 Ryan Larkin so g 0-2--2

24 Ryan Siroky jr f 0-1--1

28 Zach LaValle jr f 0-1--1

8 Chaz Switzer so d 0-1--1

11 Rourke Russell fr d 0-1--1

6 Alec Mahalak fr d 0-0--0

20 Christian Mohs fr f 0-0--0

7 Grant Frederic so d 0-0--0

73 Alex Alger so f 0-0--0

Goaltending

31 Ryan Larkin so 4-4-0 2.71 .884

36 Grant Valentine fr 0-0-0 6.44 .667

TALE OF THE TAPE

Miami

Record: 4-4

Ranking: NR

Offense: 3.38 (12th)

Defense: 2.75 (23rd)

Power play: 27.9 (6th)

Penalty kill: 81.4 (28th)

Goaltending: .880

North Dakota

Record: 6-2-2

Ranking: No. 2

Offense: 2.90 (23rd)

Defense: 1.70 (4th)

Power play: 22.9 (20th)

Penalty kill: 95.1 (3rd)

Goaltending: .928

THE FOCUS

Miami defenseman Louie Belpedio opted not to sign an NHL deal with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason, giving a huge boost to the RedHawk defensive corps. How crucial is Belpedio to the RedHawks? He missed 12 games last season and Miami didn’t win a single one, including a two-game series against UND in Oxford, Ohio. Miami’s defensive corps ranks third in the nation with 10 goals. Belpedio has four of them.

THE PICK

Miami’s team speed has a tendency to cause problems for opponents -- and this year’s RedHawks have quite a bit. As long as Miami can stay out of the penalty box -- the RedHawks ranked second in the nation in penalty minutes per game -- there’s a good chance we see a split.

Miami 4-3, UND 4-2.

NOTES

*** Former UND defenseman Chay Genoway will get a strong look at being a Canadian Olympian this week as Team Canada has compiled a squad to compete in the Karjala Cup in Europe. The team is meant to be an Olympic tryout. The NHL is not sending players to the Olympic Games in South Korea in February.

*** Denver gave up 13 goals last weekend (six on Friday, seven on Saturday) in a pair of losses to Western Michigan, an astounding figure considering the Pioneers only allowed more than three goals once in their previous 50, and they won that game. They never gave up more than six in a two-game weekend series last season.

*** A month into the season, the power appears to be in the West this year in college hockey. Not a single NCHC or Big Ten team enters this weekend under .500, while Hockey East, the traditionally powerful league on the East Coast, has eight of its 11 teams under .500.

*** Two former UND players signed contracts this week to play in Europe, bringing the total number of former players in the pros to 55 this season. Jeff Ulmer (1995-99) signed with Lustenau in Austria and Andrew Kozek (2005-09) signed with Vaasa in Finland.

TODAY'S GAMES

NCHC

Miami at UND, 7:37 p.m.

Western Michigan at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.

St. Cloud State at Denver, 8:05 p.m.

Omaha at Colorado College, 8:37 p.m.

Other games

MSU-Mankato at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Minnesota at Michigan, 6:30 p.m.

Clarkson at Brown, 6 p.m.

Harvard at Colgate, 6 p.m.

Dartmouth at Cornell, 6 p.m.

Quinnipiac at RPI, 6 p.m.

Princeton at Union, 6 p.m.

St. Lawrence at Yale, 6 p.m.

Boston University at Northeastern, 6 p.m.

UMass Lowell at New Hampshire, 6 p.m.

Bentley at Merrimack, 6 p.m.

Sacred Heart at American International, 6:05 p.m.

Air Force at Holy Cross, 6:05 p.m.

Canisius at Mercyhurst, 6:05 p.m.

Army at Niagara, 6:05 p.m.

Robert Morris at RIT, 6:05 p.m.

Wisconsin at Michigan State, 6:05 p.m.

Boston College at Vermont, 6:05 p.m.

Ohio State at UConn, 6:05 p.m.

Alaska at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.

Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.

Penn State at Notre Dame, 6:35 p.m.

Lake Superior State at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.

Alaska Anchorage at Alabama Huntsville, 7:07 p.m.

USCHO POLL

  1. St. Cloud State (50) 7-0
  2. North Dakota 6-2-2
  3. Denver 4-2-2
  4. Minnesota 7-3
  5. Harvard 2-1
  6. Notre Dame 6-3-1
  7. Wisconsin 6-4-1
  8. Providence 5-3
  9. New Hampshire 6-1-1
  10. MSU-Mankato 6-3
  11. Clarkson 6-3-1
  12. Minnesota Duluth 4-4-2
  13. Northeastern 5-2-1
  14. Cornell 4-0
  15. Boston University 4-5-1
  16. Quinnipiac 3-3-1
  17. Ohio State 5-3-2
  18. Western Michigan 5-3-1
  19. Penn State 5-5
  20. Northern Michigan 5-3
Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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