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Another week, another new winner
UND departed from Grand Forks for St. Cloud on Friday morning. The Fighting Hawks held practice at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, and sure enough, there was yet another new shootout winner. Senior forward Judd Caulfield got his first victory of the year. In the first 10 weeks, goalies have won it twice, but the other eight have all been different players. Shootout winners so far: Gavin Hain (Week 1), Ryan Sidorski (Week 2), Griffin Ness (Week 3), goalies (Week 4), Tyler Kleven (Week 5), Louis Jamernik V (Week 6), Jackson Blake (Week 7), goalies (Week 8), Riese Gaber (Week 9) and Caulfield (Week 10).
Kraken stay hot
Dave Hakstol's Seattle Kraken suddenly have the best point percentage in the Western Conference. They won their seventh-straight game Thursday night, beating the Washington Capitals in overtime. The only teams in the NHL with a better point percentage right now are the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. The Kraken are 12-1-1 in their last 14 games.
Dell gets NHL start
Former UND goalie Aaron Dell got his first NHL start of the season Wednesday night for the San Jose Sharks. Dell and the Sharks lost 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dell stopped 29 of 31 shots. Dell is the 18th former UND player to suit up in the NHL this season, joining Jacob Bernard-Docker (Ottawa), Shane Pinto (Ottawa), Jake Sanderson (Ottawa), Brock Boeser (Vancouver), Drake Caggiula (Pittsburgh), Derek Forbort (Boston), Tyson Jost (Minnesota, Buffalo), Matt Kiersted (Florida), Brad Malone (Edmonton), Brock Nelson (New York Islanders), T.J. Oshie (Washington), Zach Parise (New York Islanders), Tucker Poolman (Vancouver), Nick Schmaltz (Arizona), Cole Smith (Nashville), Troy Stecher (Arizona) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago).
Swanson has big weekend
New UND commit Mac Swanson had a big weekend in the USHL, tallying a goal and five assists in three games. He had a four-assist night against Omaha in one of them. Swanson is tied with fellow UND commit Jayden Perron (Chicago Steel) as the fifth-leading scorer in the USHL.