ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Karl Goehring's challenge when interviewing for the open assistant coaching position at UND was to prove to the current staff that he's not just a goalie coach. He's a hockey coach.
Part of the former All-American goaltender's interview involved Goehring breaking down systems and special teams.
"We peeled back the layers of his knowledge, implementation and teaching," UND head coach Brad Berry said. "I thought he did an outstanding job there. His experience over the last couple of years, being part of different programs, working with every part of the systems in Syracuse -- five-on-five, power play, penalty kill -- with good coaches has prepared him."
Goehring, a first-year full-time assistant, will be taking over the duties of running UND's power play this upcoming season.
Last season, UND's power play converted at 14.2 percent -- last place in the NCHC and 52nd of 60 teams nationally, only ahead of Bemidji State, Sacred Heart, RPI, Colgate, Brown, Alabama Huntsville, Merrimack and Alaska Anchorage.
To be fair to last year's power-play coach Matt Shaw, who was let go in the offseason, UND struggled to score in any situation last season -- around the crease, on the rush, in odd-man situations and on breakaways. So, perhaps it was no surprise that the Fighting Hawks also had trouble burying the puck on the power play.
But this season, led by an offensive-minded defensive corps, Goehring will try to get those numbers higher.
UND associate coach Dane Jackson will continue running the penalty kill unit, which he's done for more than a decade.
One of Jackson's duties will be changing, though.
Jackson will return to managing the forwards on the bench during games. Jackson handled the forwards until 2015, when then-coach Dave Hakstol left for the Philadelphia Flyers. Jackson has been managing the defense for the last four seasons.
"One thing we talked about was trying to play to our strengths," Berry said. "I really feel like Dane brings an exuberance, a passion, to whatever group he has. I feel like I'd love to move him back to the forward side -- in practices, doing things after practice with the players and even the bench management and game management side. He does an unbelievable job bringing passion."
Goehring, meanwhile, will manage the defensemen during games. He'll also work with the goalies.
UND's new volunteer assistant, Jason Ulmer, is expected to start the season in the press box -- which has been routine for UND's volunteer coaches. But Berry didn't rule out the possibility of Ulmer being on the bench at some point in the season.
"Ulmer is very valuable for what he does," Berry said. "He adds a lot to our group."
UND's power play rank in NCHC
2018-19: Eighth (14.2 percent).
2017-18: Sixth (21.5 percent).
2016-17: Sixth (18.5 percent).
2015-16: Second (19.1 percent).
2014-15: Third (20.4 percent).
2013-14: Fifth (17.2 percent).