It hasn't been easy to analyze the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's standings this season.
The league is using an unbalanced schedule and there has not been a single day this season where all eight schools had an equal number of games played.
Adding to that, the NCHC said if the eight teams have an unequal number of games played at the end of the regular season, the standings will be set by point percentage, not just points.
But some UND players have figured it out.
"We have some math guys on the team," sophomore defenseman Ethan Frisch said, "but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that if we win both games, we'll have enough points to clinch the Penrose."
That is correct. With two wins this weekend, the Fighting Hawks can win the Penrose Cup outright as NCHC regular-season champions for the second-straight year and the fourth time in the eight-year history of the league.
NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton will travel to Grand Forks on Saturday if the Fighting Hawks have a chance to clinch it.
There are a couple of scenarios that could lead to a Cup presentation this weekend: If UND wins twice, it will win the Penrose outright. It can also clinch a share of the title with a split, coupled with a Colorado College win over St. Cloud State at noon Saturday.
"It's obviously something that's in the back of our minds and we'd love to win it at home," Frisch said.
In 2015, UND was presented the Penrose Cup in Oxford, Ohio, after beating Miami to win it outright.
In 2016, the Fighting Hawks clinched it at home against Western Michigan. And last season, UND did it in dramatic fashion, beating Western Michigan at home on a Shane Pinto overtime goal.
"From an analytical standpoint, we know two is the magic number," UND coach Brad Berry said. "In saying that, not getting ahead of ourselves here, we've been in this league too long and we know combining both games (isn't how to go about it). Friday night is our biggest focus."
UND knows it won't be easy.
Omaha has been, perhaps, UND's biggest nemesis over the last two seasons.
The Fighting Hawks have lost just nine games over the last two seasons (41-9-1). A third of them have been against Omaha. During that stretch, Omaha is the only NCHC team that UND does not have a winning record against (3-3).
"For us sophomores, we've had one home loss in our careers and it was to them," said Frisch, who is 22-1 in Ralph Engelstad Arena. "Obviously, it's a team that has known how to play against us. They have a good coaching staff, good pre-scouts, a lot of good players that know how to battle and know how to play against a team like us. We're ready to go and we know what to expect. It will be a hard, heavy game both games this weekend."
UND record vs. NCHC teams since 2019-20
6-0 -- Western Michigan
6-0 -- Colorado College
5-0-1 -- Miami
7-2-1 -- Denver
2-1-1 -- Minnesota Duluth
3-2-1 -- St. Cloud State
3-3 -- Omaha