UND opened the 2019-20 season with a 5-1 exhibition victory over the University of Manitoba.
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- UND drew its largest paid attendance for a preseason exhibition game in program history at 11,760. It barely eclipsed the previous record of 11,706, which was set in 2016 for the NCAA national championship banner-raising night. UND has only sold out three preseason exhibitions in The Ralph, and they all came in the last four years. See the full chart below.
- The new scoreboard was a big draw. During the pregame video, they remove the ads from the corners and use both the top and bottom rings, which gives it a pretty stunning look.
- UND unveiled a 1-3-1 setup for its power play, which is now being directed by Karl Goehring. One unit has Jackson Keane at net front, Shane Pinto in the high slot or bumper position, Westin Michaud on the right side, Matt Kiersted on the left side and Jacob Bernard-Docker or Gabe Bast high. The other unit has Jasper Weatherby at net front, Collin Adams in the high slot/bumper, Grant Mismash on the left side, Jordan Kawaguchi on the right side and Colton Poolman high.
- UND will use the drop pass on zone entries, which has become pretty standard.
- It was a good start for the power play, going 3-for-7 with the man advantage. Maybe there was a bit of an advantage with Manitoba not knowing exactly what UND was going to do with its power play. From here on out, there will be video for opponents.
- One big question entering the game was how UND would be in the faceoff circle after losing senior Rhett Gardner and Nick Jones. A big bright spot there was Weatherby going 11-4. Pinto was 11-6. You may have noticed that UND pulled the Rhett Gardner with Pinto on a penalty kill: The Fighting Hawks sent Pinto out there to win the initial draw (he did), then he came right off the ice after the clear. In all, UND won the faceoff battle 33-21.
- The Week 1 goalie depth chart appears to be: 1. Adam Scheel, 2. Harrison Feeney, 3. Peter Thome. Each played one period in that order. Saturday was the first chance to see Feeney in action. He did not hit the ice at all last year during his redshirt season, but he made a good impression, stopping all four shots he faced, including a penalty shot late in the second period.
- Michaud led UND with six shots on goal, followed by Mismash, Pinto and Cole Smith, who all had five. Smith getting five shots on goal is notable, because last year, his shot-attempt and shots-on-goal totals were mysteriously low considering his ice time and his line's offensive zone possession numbers. Smith finished 16th on the team in shot attempts and shots on goal. That's an area he could improve this season and did in the exhibition.
- As anticipated, Gavin Hain was moved up in the lineup to a more offensive unit alongside Michaud and Mismash. That meant a spot opened up alongside Smith and Mark Senden. In the exhibition, it was Harrison Blaisdell who got the call to join that unit. They did a lot of the same things as last year, cycling opponents to death. Blaisdell also got some penalty kill time.
Largest paid attendance for UND preseason exhibitions
11,760 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 5, 2019
11,706 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 1, 2016 (Banner raising night)
11,634 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 6, 2018
11,576 -- vs. Regina, Oct. 1, 2011
11,571 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 5, 2008
11,194 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 2, 2004
11,007 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 7, 2007
10,779 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 4, 2009
10,682 -- vs. Manitoba, Sept. 30, 2017
10,590 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 3, 2015
10,477 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 6, 2012
10,257 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 2, 2005
10,251 -- vs. U.S. Under-18, Oct. 12, 2012
10,205 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 5, 2014
10,059 -- vs. Manitoba, Oct. 3, 2010