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NHL Report: Aaron Dell continues to stifle his old UND coach

San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Dave Hakstol was right when he scouted and recruited Aaron Dell to UND. Dell has turned into an elite goaltender just like Hakstol thought he would.

It may be backfiring on the former UND coach, though.

Dell, now a goalie for the San Jose Sharks, once again had his old coach’s number Tuesday night as the Sharks beat Hakstol’s Philadelphia Flyers 8-2 in Wells Fargo Center.

Making his first start of this season, Dell stopped 31 of 33 shots to get the win.

Dell, now in his third year in the NHL, has made four career starts against Hakstol and is 3-0-1 with a .955 save percentage and a shutout.

Dell posted a 21-save shutout -- the first in his NHL career -- during their first head-to-head meeting in 2016-17. He stopped 33 of 35 in a 2-1 overtime loss during their second head-to-head meeting later that season.

Last season, Dell was in net for one of two games between the Sharks and Flyers. He stopped 22 of 23 in a 3-1 win.

The Sharks are 2-2 through four games. The Flyers are 1-2 through three.


Former UND standout Brock Boeser got his first point of the season in Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss at Carolina.

But the sniper is still looking for his first goal since he suffered a season-ending injury March 5 against the New York Islanders.

Boeser had 29 goals last season and was the MVP of the NHL All-Star Game.

The Canucks are 1-2 through three games.


Former Grand Forks Central and UND defenseman Paul LaDue played in front of family and friends Tuesday night in Winnipeg.

LaDue’s Los Angeles Kings lost 2-1 to the Jets.

LaDue played 10:17 and had an even rating.

Former UND defenseman Derek Forbort, also a Los Angeles King, played 19:49 and was a plus-1.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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