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Four questions with UND goalie Aaron Dell

Q. Who is the best player you've ever played against? A. I'd say Osh (T.J. Oshie). I try to challenge myself against him. His go-to is the shootout. That's his style. He's a shootout guy. I know when he's here, I try to take a few shootouts with ...

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Q. Who is the best player you've ever played against?

A. I'd say Osh (T.J. Oshie). I try to challenge myself against him. His go-to is the shootout. That's his style. He's a shootout guy. I know when he's here, I try to take a few shootouts with him after practice and what not. . . just to make me feel better about myself (laughs).

Q. Do you feel you've played better the past few weeks than at the start of the season?

A. Yeah. I think I had a bit of a slow start. As a team, we did as well. I think we're starting to figure it out a bit now. I've noticed a little stronger defense in front of the net, which has helped me out a lot and helped me get more comfortable in the net.

Q. What are the defenders doing better?

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A. I think they've been better all around. They've been letting me see pucks, they've been cleaning out everything in front and picking up sticks when necessary. There have been a few (lapses), but nobody is perfect. But they've been doing a good job defensively in the past few weeks, for sure.

Q. Is it frustrating as a goalie when the team isn't scoring much?

A. It's always frustrating when you don't score goals. There's nothing I can personally do about it. I've got to rely on the guys in front of me to do it. I know that we have the talent to do it. We haven't had a ton of chances lately, but once we do get the chances, they will capitalize on them.

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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