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GoFundMe, funeral services set for Travis Dunn
Some friends and former UND teammates of 1980 NCAA national champion Travis Dunn set up a GoFundMe page to help out his wife, Rose, and his children. Services also have been set now. They'll be at First Lutheran Church in Fargo. On Thursday, Feb. 16, there will be visitation from 5-7 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 17, there will be visitation from 1-2 p.m. followed by a service at 2 p.m.
Wolanin competes in AHL All-Star Skills
Former UND defenseman Christian Wolanin competed in the American Hockey League's All-Star Skills competition Sunday in Laval, Que. He will compete in the All-Star Game on Monday. Here are some sights and sounds from his team, the Abbotsford Canucks:
Nelson to compete in shot accuracy competition
Former UND forward Brock Nelson will compete at the NHL All-Star Game this weekend in South Florida. The NHL announced Thursday that Nelson will be one of 10 players to compete in the shooting accuracy competition Friday. The others are Aleksander Barkov, Leon Draisaitl, Kevin Hayes, Jack Hughes, Nazem Kadri, Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin and Vladimir Tarasenko. The Skills Challenge is set to begin at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
Another SHG for Forbort
Former UND defenseman Derek Forbort of the Boston Bruins scored his second shorthanded goal of the season this week, sending him into rare company. Since 1992-93, only three other Bruin defensemen have scored multiple shorthanded goals in a season. They are Zdeno Chara in 2016-17, Ray Bourque in 1995-96 and 1993-94, and Don Sweeney in 1993-94.
UND's travel roster
The NCHC has a 23-player travel roster limit for league games, which means UND has to leave four players at home on every league road trip. With a healthy team outside of forward Dane Montgomery, there were difficult choices this time around. UND ended up not bringing Montgomery, forward Jackson Kunz, defenseman Brent Johnson and goalie Kaleb Johnson.
Looker on the call
Radio play-by-play announcer Tim Hennessy did not make the trip to Oxford, Ohio, due to illness. Darrin Looker, who usually handles color commentary on the road, will do play-by-play this weekend.
The last time Hennessy missed a game on the mic was the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four. Looker also filled in that time.
Looker served as the radio play-by-play announcer for the UND women's hockey team. During home games, he is the public address announcer.
Is this McLaughlin's weekend?
Everyone is awaiting that first collegiate goal from Owen McLaughlin and he was hot at practice Thursday afternoon in Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio. Not only was McLaughlin sniping shots during practice, he followed it up by going 3-for-3 in the shootout to win it for the second time this season. He ousted Nick Portz and Carson Albrecht.
McLaughlin has now won the shootout twice in four weeks.
Shootout winners by week: 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), Judd Caulfield (Week 10), Cooper Moore (Week 11), Jake Schmaltz (Week 12), Owen McLaughlin (Week 13), Ness (Week 14), Gaber (Week 15) and McLaughlin (Week 16).