Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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Grand Forks Central forward Judd Caulfield doesn't say much off the ice, but the sophomore's game has done a lot of talking lately. Caulfield, who committed to the UND hockey program in the fall, is putting together the best scoring season for an East Region underclassmen in at least the past 10 years. Caulfield has 22 goals and 35 assists this season for the Knights, who open the North Dakota state tournament Thursday. Central, the unbeaten No. 1 seed, plays Dickinson at noon in the quarterfinals at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
A year ago, Grand Forks Red River forward Jake Arel played in all 27 games for the undefeated state champion Roughriders. He was the only Red River player to play in every game and not score a goal. Arel, now a senior, opened this season struggling to score, too. After back-to-back games without a shot on goal, Red River coach Bill Chase had an intervention. "That's just not good," Chase said as he showed Arel the shot charts. "You need to be more aggressive. We need you."
As the UND athletic department sorts through a $1.3 million budget cut, another financial hurdle may exist with the school's new conference home, the Summit League. Summit League members are required to pay the league a $150,000 penalty for each Summit-sponsored program eliminated during the first eight years of membership. Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple confirmed the fee to the Herald on Monday morning, although he wouldn't commit to whether UND would be held to that standard as the school won't play a conference schedule until the 2018-19 season.
Grand Forks Central had cruised through this season's cross-town rivalry matchups with Grand Forks Red River, beating the Roughriders by at least five goals in each meeting. In Round 3 during the East Region championship, though, it was a different story. The ending, however, was the same. Central defenseman Tate Steffan banked in a shot off a Red River defender in overtime to lift the Knights to a 4-3 victory on Saturday night at Purpur Arena.
It wasn't an easy ride for the Grand Forks Red River boys hockey team, but the Roughriders have set up Round 3 of the intracity rivalry. Jake Arel recorded a hat trick and the Roughriders held off Fargo Davies 4-1 on Friday night in the semifinals of the East Region tournament at Purpur Arena. The Riders, who improved to 21-2, had beaten Davies by at least four goals in two regular-season matchups. Red River will face undefeated Grand Forks Central at 5 p.m. in today's championship game. The Knights have dealt the Riders their only two losses of the year.
A hot goalie and three long 5-on-3 penalty kills weren't enough to derail the perfect season for the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team. Six different players scored goals as the Knights shook off penalty problems in a 6-2 win over Devils Lake on Friday night in the East Region semifinals at Purpur Arena. The Knights, who improved to 23-0, will face the winner of Grand Forks Red River and Fargo Davies in the region championship at 5 p.m. today.
When the East Grand Forks Senior High girls hockey team scored an extra-attacker goal with 36 seconds left, the Civic Center crowd went crazy. The fans' buzz didn't even have a chance to die down before Warroad scored the game winner. Warroad sophomore defender Kaitlyn Kotlowski's rocket shot with 26 seconds left gave the Warriors a 3-2 win over the Green Wave on Thursday night in the Minnesota Section 8A championship game.
The UND athletic department will have to trim $1.3 million from its budget, according to targets released by President Mark Kennedy on Thursday afternoon. The athletic department needs to submit its recommendation to Kennedy by March 6. UND Athletic Director Brian Faison said Thursday he will be making the recommendation, adding there will be "input from several entities, but I will be the one making the recommendations to the president.
In a season full of dominant performances, Grand Forks Central turned in its biggest rout of the year to start postseason play Tuesday night. The Knights received goals from 10 different players in cruising to a 16-1 win over Grafton-Park River in the East Region tournament quarterfinals at Purpur Arena. No. 1 Central improved to 22-0 and will play No. 4 Devils Lake in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. at Purpur. "We moved the puck well and shared the load," Central coach Grant Paranica said. "Throughout the lineup, everybody played quite well."
The East Grand Forks Senior High girls hockey team was outshot 25-2 in the first period Monday night by Thief River Falls. Green Wave coach Jim Enright was blunt about the start. "In the first period, let's face it, we were bad," he said. Senior High might have been bad early, but the Wave had goalie McKenzie Whalen and that would be all the difference. Senior High battled back from a two-goal deficit to beat Thief River Falls 3-2 in the Minnesota Section 8A semifinal at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.