Brad Elliott Schlossman
UND left Denver with a split after two games that contrasted wildly with each other. One night after rallying for a 5-4 win, UND spent much of Saturday night on the penalty kill and lost 4-1. Here’s my game story .
UND will be starting Peter Thome in net again Friday as the Fighting Hawks open a two-game series against Miami University in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Starting goalie Cam Johnson has been ruled out for the weekend, meaning Thome will be the starter and Ryan “Bob” Anderson of Roseau will be the backup.
MADISON, Wis. — Cam Johnson’s new mask arrived in Grand Forks this week and he has started using it at practice. The UND senior goalie is expected to use it in game action for the first time at 7 p.m. Friday against Wisconsin in the Kohl Center.
UND is getting ready to head to Colorado Springs on Wednesday night and one big task will be trying to slow down Tiger forward Mason Bergh . Bergh had a breakout sophomore season, tallying 14 goals. That number is even more impressive when you consider that the Tigers only scored 70 as a team all last season. That means Bergh accounted for 20 percent of his team’s goals, most among any NCHC player. For more, click here.
Minnesota has returned some tickets from its allotment — traditionally used to pass out to families of players and staff members — and they will go on sale at 10 a.m. today. The tickets can be found on Ticketmaster, but there aren’t many, so they are likely to go fast. Good luck.
UND and Minnesota are both ranked in the national top 10 ahead of this weekend’s rivalry series. The Fighting Hawks jumped four spots to No. 4 after a sweep of St. Lawrence, while Minnesota dropped one spot after a weekend split against Penn State. The last time both teams were ranked in the top 10 before a series was Jan. 18-19, 2013, in Mariucci Arena. That was their last matchup as Western Collegiate Hockey Association foes. Minnesota was ranked No. 1 at the time and UND was No. 6. For more, click here.
Five things to know about this weekend: 1. MSU-Mankato finished off a two-game sweep of Boston University with a 3-0 win on Saturday night. The Mavs are showing why I think this team can be a No. 1 seed. On Friday, MSU had Boston University graduate transfer Connor LaCouvee play and he got the win. On Saturday, Jason Pawloski posted the shutout.
No surprise, the Penticton Vees are off to a blazing start again. They are 6-0-1 through seven games, led by a deep defensive corps and strong goaltending. This has to be exciting for UND fans. Defenseman Jonny Tychonick , listed as a possible second- or third-round draft pick by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau in their preseason watch list, is one of those players.
Five games of note around college hockey: 1. Providence scored a buzzer-beater with less than one second left — 0:00.9 to be exact — to sweep Miami in Oxford. Kasper Bjorkqvist scored the winner. The Friars did a great job defensively against Miami’s top players. Kiefer Sherwood, Josh Melnick, Carson Meyer, Gordie Green and Louie Belpedio were all held without a point on the weekend.
The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau issued its preliminary, preseason draft ratings Tuesday morning. Four UND commits made the list, including Grand Forks product Braden Costello . ‘A’ players are considered potential first-round picks. ‘B’ players are considered potential second- or third-round picks. ‘C’ players are considered potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round picks. UND players in Central Scouting preseason list