SUBSCRIBE NOW AND SAVE 3 months just 99¢/month



UND hockey's penalty discipline a growing concern following loss to Minnesota

UND's 197 penalty minutes rank eighth nationally and first in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

UND's Tyler Kleven checks Minnesota's Ben Meyers in the first period Friday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The UND hockey team is No. 1 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in a statistic it's not excited about being a leader.

After 23 penalty minutes in a 5-1 loss to Minnesota on Friday at Ralph Engelstad Arena, the Fighting Hawks now have 197 penalty minutes, which ranks eighth nationally and tops in the NCHC.

UND (9-5-0) now has four losses in regulation this year. In two of those, UND has given up two, full two-minute 5-on-3 power plays. In two others, UND has taken a five-minute major penalty on cross-checking calls.

At issue against the Gophers was a first-period penalty to Chris Jandric late in the power play, as well as a third-period penalty to Tyler Kleven, which resulted in a game misconduct for contact to the head.

"We talked about the major at length," UND coach Brad Berry said. "We can't have that going on. It's tough enough to kill two minutes versus good teams, let alone five minutes. Until we get that through our minds, it's not going to be a good situation for us.


"We're going to keep talking about it. At the end of the day, when there's extra bodies available to put in the lineup, we'll do that; we'll make changes."

Minnesota's power play resulting from the Jandric penalty led to a tide-turning stretch. The Gophers had six shots on goal during the power play, which ended with Bryce Brodzinski's goal for a 1-0 Gophers lead.

The momentum generated off that power play helped Minnesota hold a 14-4 edge in shots on goal after the first period.

"It's unacceptable," UND's Mark Senden said. "We have to look internally. Those have to stop. It can't be a recurring thing. They have to stop now. You know, it's something we're going to be addressing."

Kleven is now the national leader in penalty minutes with 50. He has 10 more penalty minutes than the No. 2 leader, Will Gavin of Air Force.

It's Kleven's second game misconduct of the season, as he was penalized for contact to the head earlier this season in the series finale against Denver.

With two game misconducts, Kleven will now face a one-game suspension for his third game misconduct of the season.

UND's Louis Jamernik also had a game misconduct on a cross-check with contact to the head during the Hawks' loss to Minnesota Duluth last Friday.


"When you're delivering a check, obviously you have to be cognizant of being around the boards and open ice hits with elbows and you have to be in control," Berry said. "But there's no excuse for the two-handed cross checks."

What to read next
Minnesota cut a 23-point second-half deficit to three before falling 81-71
It's the Mavericks first win over Minnesota since 2007.
A disastrous end to the third quarter derailed Minnesota’s chances against a top tier Big Ten opponent
The Gophers (9-8) have won 2 of 3 games in 2022 and are 2-3 in Big Ten play heading into Saturday’s 5 p.m. tipoff against Ohio State.