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Andrew Peski is listed as the extra defenseman, but he's playing more than you may think

Andrew Peski has been listed as the seventh defenseman on the line chart. He's the 19th skater, the extra player that is being allowed to dress thanks to a new rule in college hockey this season. In past years, only 18 could dress each game. But ...

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UND's Andrew Peski goes for the puck followed by Bemidji State's Ian Janco during Friday's game. Photo/Jillian Gandsey, Forum News Service
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Andrew Peski has been listed as the seventh defenseman on the line chart.

He’s the 19th skater, the extra player that is being allowed to dress thanks to a new rule in college hockey this season. In past years, only 18 could dress each game.

But he’s probably not the typical 19th skater.

Peski is playing more than you may think as the extra defenseman, regularly logging ice time at five-on-five and on the penalty kill.

The UND coaching staff has managed to weave him into a regular shift, and he’s been especially used in defensive situations.

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Last weekend at Miami University, Peski played 30 shifts -- 15 on Friday night and 15 on Saturday. That’s a substantial workload for a seventh defenseman.

His heaviest workload came in the third period Friday night with UND holding a one-goal lead. Peski played six shifts in the third, taking ice time from the more offensive-minded rookie Jonny Tychonick, who played nine shifts in the first and second periods and was held out in the third.

“You have to have a guy who is very open to it, someone who is hard-working and a team-first guy,” UND coach Brad Berry said of playing Peski’s role. “He checks all those boxes. Bench management with seven ‘D’ isn’t easy, but having good people who are buying into it, that’s a big deal.”

Peski has showed an ability to play with nearly everyone. Last weekend, most of his shifts were with either the right-handed Gabe Bast (12) or the left-handed Matt Kiersted (eight). He also played five with Tychonick, three with Hayden Shaw and one with Colton Poolman.

The only defenseman he didn’t play with was Jacob Bernard-Docker.

“It’s interesting,” Peski said of consistently rotating defensive partners. “I think that’s why we’re testing things out right now. Each guy has certainly preferences on the ice. I think we’re working it out so when it comes down the stretch and tournament time, we have solid pairs that we feel comfortable with.

“I think it goes to show how deep of a program we are, even up front -- we were sometimes skating with the extra forward early in the year. It’s a testament to how strong of a team we are. I think that’s going to be really important down the stretch when we’re making a push.”

UND's defenseman shifts vs. Miami University

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57 - Colton Poolman (27 Friday, 30 Saturday)
54 - Hayden Shaw (27, 27)
45 - Matt Kiersted (22, 23)
40 - Gabe Bast (19, 21)
36 - Jacob Bernard-Docker (19, 17)
30 - Andrew Peski (15, 15)
20 - Jonny Tychonick (9, 11)

 

 

 

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Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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