Hakstol gets first NHL win

Former UND coach Dave Hakstol has his first win as an NHL head coach.

The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Monday night in the Flyers’ home opener, avenging Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to the same Panther team.

Hakstol’s Flyers have played three games so far and have one win, one loss and one overtime loss.

Next up for Hakstol and the Flyers? Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews was the first big-time recruit that Hakstol landed as head coach at North Dakota.

Monday updates; pronunciation guide

It was a rough start to the weekend for Cam Johnson, allowing two goals on the first three shots. But he rebounded to stop 40 of the next 41, and now he’s the NCHC goaltender of the week.

Johnson finished the weekend with a .935 save percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average. Johnson stopped all 26 shots that he faced in the third period/overtime of the two games.


Former recruiting target Dante Fabbro of the Penticton Vees committed to Boston University today, further loading up the Terriers with top-end 2016-draft eligible players.

Fabbro, who once considered UND, picked the Terriers over his other three finalists, Boston College, Denver and Minnesota.

Fabbro is the roommate of UND commit Tyson Jost, who is expected to be a first-round NHL draft pick come June.


UND defenseman recruit Christian Evers is the defenseman of the week in the USHL. Evers, who is expected to come to campus next season, had four assists in Lincoln’s 4-1 win on Saturday and now leads the USHL in defenseman scoring with five points.


Former UND star Brandon Bochenski is the player of the week in the KHL. Bochenski had 2 goals, 3 assists and 5 points in three games. He plays for Barys Astana.


I’ve been asked many times about how you pronounce the names of some of the rookies. Here they are….

Brock Boeser = Besser

Christian Wolanin = Wool – ANN – inn

Joel Janatuinen = Janna – TWEE – nen

Matej Tomek = Mah – tay; Toe – mick

UND grabs No. 1 ranking

After a win and a tie at the Ice Breaker Invitational, UND has claimed the No. 1 spot in both national polls. The other teams previously ranked in the top five all had losses over the weekend to unranked foes.

1 North Dakota              (18)    1- 0-1   922     4
 2 Providence                (13)    1- 0-1   870     7
 3 Nebraska-Omaha            ( 8)    2- 0-0   842    10
 4 Boston College            ( 7)    1- 1-0   832     1
 5 Denver                            1- 1-0   652     5
 6 Boston University                 0- 1-0   647     3
 7 Minnesota-Duluth                  0- 1-0   645     2
 8 Harvard                   ( 2)    0- 0-0   629     8
 9 Massachusetts-Lowell      ( 2)    1- 0-0   555    14
10 Bowling Green                     2- 0-0   521    16
11 Michigan                          0- 0-0   415    13
12 St. Cloud State                   2- 0-0   412    17
13 Yale                              0- 0-0   377    12
14 Minnesota State                   0- 2-0   316     6
15 Minnesota                         0- 1-0   304     9
16 Michigan Tech                     0- 0-0   288    15
17 Quinnipiac                        2- 0-0   284    18
18 Miami                             0- 1-1   234    11
19 St. Lawrence                      2- 0-0   211    19
20 Vermont                           1- 0-0   128    NR

Others receiving votes: Michigan State 61, Bemidji State 60,
Union 54, Northeastern 40, Notre Dame 40, Clarkson 24, Penn
State 24, Princeton 19, New Hampshire 18, Robert Morris 17,
Rensselaer 15, Colgate 10, Mercyhurst 7, Northern Michigan
6, Cornell 5, Maine 5, Massachusetts 5, Ferris State 3,
Wisconsin 2, Brown 1.

Saturday night rewind


*After going 31-3-2 at home in the first two years of the new-look WCHA, Minnesota State-Mankato was swept by Nebraska Omaha over the weekend to start the season. It was the first time that MSU-Mankato has been swept at home in the new WCHA era.

**After getting Game 1 of the series canceled because of a power outage at AmsOil Arena, Minnesota Duluth traveled to Bemidji to take on the Beavers for Game 2. After being outshot badly in the first period, the Beavs regrouped and won the game on a Charlie O’Connor goal with 22 seconds left. Bemidji State ended up outshooting the Bulldogs for the game.

***Speaking of rough openers for top-ranked teams, Boston College got beat 2-1 by RPI in its opener. The Eagles couldn’t beat RPI goalie Jason Kasdorf until a power-play chance in the third period.

****Arizona State notched its first Division I victory, beating Alaska Fairbanks in Anchorage. Northeastern transfer Ryan Belonger scored the game-winning goal in the final minute to give the Sun Devils a 2-1 win.

*****UND recruit Tyson Jost again had a big night in the BCHL, tallying three assists in a 5-1 Penticton win.


Omaha 2, MSU-Mankato 0
Denver 3, Air Force 1
St. Cloud State 6, Alaska Anchorage 2

UND 1, Maine 1
Western Michigan 1, Ferris State 1
Miami 2, Providence 2

Bemidji State 3, Minnesota Duluth 2
UMass 4, Colorado College 3


UND dominated action, outshooting Maine 45-20, while coming away with a 1-1 tie. That was all UND needed to win its first Ice Breaker Invitational in school history. UND and Michigan State tied for first with both teams going 1-0-1 (Maine went 0-0-2). The first tiebreaker, goal differential, was even. The second tiebreaker was goals allowed. UND won that. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald

Portland Press Herald

Bangor Daily News


College Hockey News

Other notes and comments:

  • UND controlled the play so much in this game that late in the third period, official shots were: Maine 11, Brock Boeser 8.
  • Boeser had a bunch of Grade A opportunities in this game, but wasn’t able to get one to go. Much of it was because linemate Nick Schmaltz played a terrific game, perhaps his best at UND, setting up teammates in scoring areas all night long. He was the best player on the ice.
  • Boeser also continues to show an ability to be a setup man, not just a scorer. He put a few passes on tees for linemates in both games of the Ice Breaker.
  • Cam Johnson didn’t face much sustained pressure, but did have to face a handful of Grade A opportunities. He came up big several times and was very solid throughout the game. This was a Cam Johnson we had yet to see. HE finished the weekend stopping 40 of the last 41 shots.
  • Rob McGovern was the goalie who stymied UND all night. It was his first-career start. When asked why he opted to go with McGovern, Maine coach Red Gendron told the media that he didn’t want to say.
  • Troy Stecher, Paul LaDue, Drake Caggiula and Schmaltz all were named to the all-tournament team, along with two Maine players.
  • We got our first extended look at Christian Wolanin on defense and he doesn’t lack confidence. He made several aggressive pinches — all were successful — and helped UND maintain puck possession.
  • Johnny Simonson sat this one out after being checked from behind into the boards on Friday. Yes, that hit should have been a major. Regardless, Rhett Gardner played well in his place.
  • The teams held a practice shootout after a scoreless overtime period, but it had zero meaning.
  • Several Maine supporters came up to UND coach Brad Berry and reminded him about how much respect UND has in the state dating back to the Oct. 2000 game, when UND came out wearing jerseys that all said “Walsh” on the nameplate to honor Maine coach Shawn Walsh, who was fighting kidney cancer at the time.

UND women with first 4-0 start ever

The UND women have stayed true to form early this season by playing a lot of close, down-to-the-wire games, but finding ways to win in the end.

During this weekend’s sweep at Minnesota State-Mankato, UND had to kill a five-minute major power play while clinging to a one-goal lead late in the third period to get a victory in the series opener. The next night, UND needed a late goal in the third period to win.

But that’s the important part. They are winning.

The past few seasons, UND has dropped games early in the season that have come back to haunt them come NCAA tournament selection time. So far, they’ve taken care of business with sweeps of RPI and MSU-Mankato.

UND is now 4-0 for the first time in program history.

Herald – UND continues road mastery of Mavs

Herald – Dufault’s goals keep UND undefeated

A few notes:

  • UND has stuck with the game plan of playing senior Shelby Amsley-Benzie on Friday nights and junior Lexie Shaw on Saturday nights. It’s unclear if UND will continue that against Bemidji State next weekend.
  • Amy Menke hasn’t scored a goal through the first four games, but she’s off to a big start nonetheless. Menke has seven assists in four games and is the team’s leading scorer.
  • Freshman Vilma Tanskanen scored her first-career goal on Friday. She’s the first of the freshmen to score this season.
  • Freshman Rebekah Kolstad, playing in her hometown, was held without a point. She registered a plus-1 rating.
  • It’s not uncommon for power plays to struggle early in the season, and that’s been a theme in UND games. UND is just 1 for 12 (8.3 percent) on the power play to start the season, but its opponents aren’t doing any better (2 for 19, 10.5 percent).
  • Rookies Taylor Flaherty and Breanna Berndsen continue splitting playing time. On Friday nights, Flaherty has gotten the call as a seventh defenseman. On Saturdays, Berndsen has been the 12th forward.
  • UND takes on Bemidji State this weekend, and the Beavers enter the series red hot. They swept Minnesota Duluth last weekend. Goalie Brittni Mowat has stopped 97 of the last 98 shots she’s faced.

Gameday final: UND 1, Maine 1, tie

TODAY’S VIEWING: There is NO television and NO webcast. There is a live chat below and the AUDIO is available on UNDsports.com, 96.1 FM, and 96.1 The Fox on I Heart Radio. Lineup notes: Johnny Simonson, who left yesterday’s game after being checked from behind, is out. Rhett Gardner replaces him. Christian Wolanin goes in for Hayden Shaw on defense.

First period

No scoring.

Second period

UND 1, Maine 0 — Chris Wilkie (Paul LaDue, Drake Caggiula) 1:32 (pp). LaDue launches a point shot on net that’s stopped, but Wilkie fights off a check on the doorstep. McGovern stops his initial attempt, but he flips the second one past the goalie for his first-career goal.

UND 1, Maine 1 — Cam Brown (Blaine Byron) 8:24 (pp). Stecher makes a rare gaffe and gives the puck to Byron in the slot. Byron spots Brown open at the side of the net for an easy power-play goal.

Third period

No scoring.


No scoring.

UND’s lines

9 Drake Caggiula–27 Luke Johnson–18 Chris Wilkie
19 Shane Gersich–8 Nick Schmaltz–16 Brock Boeser
29 Bryn Chyzyk–22 Rhett Gardner–14 Austin Poganski
25 Joel Janatuinen–26 Coltyn Sanderson–11 Trevor Olson

20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher
4 Keaton Thompson–6 Paul LaDue
24 Christian Wolanin–3 Tucker Poolman

33 Cam Johnson
30 Matt Hrynkiw

Maine’s lines

13 Nolan Vesey–11 Steven Swavely–28 Will Merchant
88 Brian Morgan–22 Brendan Robbins–59 Brady Campbell
29 Daniel Perez–14 Cedric Lacroix–17 Andrew Tegeler
16 Dane Gibson–21 Cam Brown–89 Blaine Byron

2 Dan Renouf–3 Rob Michel
47 Mark Hamilton–44 Conor Riley
25 Eric Schurhamer–23 Sam Becker

35 Rob McGovern
36 Matt Morris
30 Sean Romeo

Friday night rewind


*Arizona State’s first D-I game ended up in a 3-2 overtime loss at Alaska Anchorage. Shots in the game were 40-23 in favor of UAA. Arizona State’s first Division I goal was scored by Jack Rowe, a one-time UND commit.

**UND commit Tyson Jost continues to tear up the BCHL. Jost had 3 goals and 1 assist in Penticton’s 4-3 overtime win Friday night. He is leading the BCHL in scoring with 21 points in 10 games. Only one other 1998-born player is in the top 64 in the league in scoring, which shows you how remarkable his start has been.

***Omaha won the battle of the Mavericks 3-2, beating MSU-Mankato in downtown Mankato. Austin Ortega launched nine shots on goal and had 1-1–2. Miami transfer and MSU senior Jimmy Mullin scored a goal in his first game in a year and 10 months.

****According to Todd Milewski and USCHO, Wisconsin drew an announced crowd of 6,467 tonight, the smallest since the Kohl Center opened in 1998. Here’s a photo of the crowd. It’s stunning what has happened to what was once a great home-ice advantage. Wisconsin scored a late goal to tie Northern Michigan 2-2.

*****Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State oddly had their game postponed because of a power outage in Duluth. The power outage made the ice soft and they were forced to call the game. No word on when it will be made up yet. Read about it in the News Tribune.


UND 5, Lake Superior State 2
Western Michigan 3, Ferris State 2
St. Cloud State 3, Alaska 0
Omaha 3, MSU-Mankato 2

Air Force 5, Denver 4, OT
UMass 6, Colorado College 3
Providence 7, Miami 3

Overall, not a bad day, despite Denver getting upset. Omaha posted an impressive win and Western Michigan got a big goal from one of the members of this freshman class that will make an immediate impact.


After a shaky start, UND bounced back to win its season-opener 5-2. It meant Win No. 1 for Brad Berry and Win No. 1 for Cam Johnson. The last time a UND coach won his debut by 3-plus goals? You have to go back to Bob Peters in 1964 (see all UND head coaching debut results here).

Here are a few other items to read:

Grand Forks Herald (plus Cam Johnson interview video)

USCHO recap

UNDsports.com recap

A few final notes and stats:

  • Because Maine won a shootout against Michigan State after their 3-3 tie, that means UND can win the Ice Breaker Invitational with either a win or a tie against the Black Bears. UND has never won the Ice Breaker, going 1-3-2 in its other three trips to the early-season event.
  • Believe it or not, UND is looking for its first 2-0 start since 2009, when it opened the season with a sweep of Merrimack at home. The last time UND started the season with back-to-back wins away from Grand Forks? That was 2004. With a first-year coach. In Maine.
  • Tonight’s game will be a big test for UND, which will be playing in front of a full build of fans who will not be cheering for North Dakota.
  • Goalie Cam Johnson allowed 5 goals on his first 15 career shots against the Lakers going back to last season’s game, but he closed Friday’s contest by stopping 21 in a row. We’ll see if he can build on that, but he made a couple of big saves as the game progressed.
  • This game certainly had the feel of last year’s UND-LSSU series opener in Grand Forks, where the Lakers jumped to a 4-1 lead, but you could sense the whole time that UND wasn’t out of it. Chances were lopsided in this one, as they were a year ago.
  • Johnny Simonson left the game in the third period after being boarded, but coach Brad Berry seemed to indicate that Simonson has a good shot at playing tonight against Maine.
  • Official stats listed UND winning the faceoff battle 42-38 with Coltyn Sanderson having the best numbers at 9-4.
  • The Lakers spent 10:12 on the power play, but UND scored just as many goals while shorthanded as LSSU did with the advantage. It’s strange seeing so many new forwards getting PK assignments, but that’s what happens when you lose arguably your top five from a year ago in Mark MacMillan, Michael Parks, Connor Gaarder, Stephane Pattyn and Colten St. Clair (inj).
  • Captain Gage Ausmus was +5 against Manitoba and +4 against Lake Superior State.
  •  Bryn Chyzyk led the team with 8 shots on goal. Shane Gersich had 7.
  • UND blocked 17 of LSSU’s 47 shot attempts, which is quite impressive. After going down 2-0, UND really locked it down.
  • Lake Superior State appeared to score a goal just 11 seconds into the game, but officials determined that it went in off of the LSSU player’s glove. Laker coach Damon Whitten said the officials tried to review it but the replay system was not functioning.
  • Whitten also said he was pleased with where his team is at early this season and said that they are way ahead of last year.

UND coaching debuts

Brad Berry won his head coaching debut Friday afternoon as UND downed Lake Superior State 5-2.

It was the most lopsided victory in a coaching debut at UND since Bob Peters in 1964. Peters and UND downed the Brandon Wheat Kings 13-1 back then.

Below is a list of UND coaching debuts (wins in bold):

Oct. 9, 2015: Brad Berry — UND 5, Lake Superior State 2 (Portland, Maine)
Oct. 8, 2004: Dave Hakstol — UND 4, Maine 3, OT (Orono, Maine)
Oct. 21, 1994: Dean Blais — Northeastern 7, UND 3 (GF)
Oct. 20, 1978: Gino Gasparini — Minnesota 6, UND 5 (Minneapolis)
Nov. 15, 1968: Rube Bjorkman — UND 4, Denver 3 (GF)
Nov. 19, 1966: Bill Selman — U.S. Nationals 4, UND 2 (GF)
Nov. 20, 1964: Bob Peters — UND 13, Brandon Wheat Kings 1 (GF)
Nov. 27, 1959: Barry Thorndycraft — UND 2, Michigan State 2 (GF)
Nov. 22, 1957: Bob May — UND 4, Winnipeg Monarchs 2 (GF)
Nov. 23, 1956: Al Renfrew — UND 7, St. Boniface Canadiens 6 (GF)
Dec. 15, 1949: Fido Purpur — UND 8, U of Saskatchewan 3 (GF)
Dec. 10, 1947: Don Norman — UND 8, GF Amerks 0 (GF)
Jan. 6, 1947: John Jamieson — St. Cloud Teachers College 8, UND 1 (GF)

Gameday final: UND 5, LSSU 2

TODAY’S VIEWING: There is NO television, NO webcast. Audio on UNDsports.com or 96.1 FM locally or The Fox 96.1 on I Heart Radio. Live chat and full lines are below.

First period

LSSU 1, UND 0 — J.T. Henke (Jake Hand, Matt Johnson) 4:53. Lake State gets on the board in transition with Hand leaving the puck for Henke in the right circle. Henke snaps a shot past Johnson on the glove side.

LSSU 2, UND 0 — Mitch Hults (Jake Hand, J.T. Henke) 5:47 (pp). Two Lakers come in the zone on a rush and UND initially does a nice job defending it, but a blocked shots ends up in the high slot for Hults, who snaps one past Johnson on the stick side.

Second period

LSSU 2, UND 1 — Shane Gersich (Nick Schmaltz, Troy Stecher) 1:23. Stecher gets the puck to the net with tons of traffic and Gersich finds it and slips it underneath Defiel for his first-career goal and the first of the season for UND.

LSSU 2, UND 2 — Keaton Thompson (Luke Johnson, Drake Caggiula) 7:20 (pp). UND gets a power play and bombs shots from the point until Thompson’s finds the back of the net to tie the game.

UND 3, LSSU 2 — Austin Poganski (Johnny Simonson) 8:07. Simonson spots Poganski on the side of the crease and gets it to him. Poganski makes a nifty move to turn, protect the puck and quickly put it past Defiel on the short side to give UND the lead.

Third period

UND 4, LSSU 2 — Bryn Chyzyk (Troy Stecher, Gage Ausmus) 3:23 (sh). Chyzyk makes a play to tie up a puck high in the UND zone, Stecher helps him and they win a battle against a few LSSU players and start a 2-on-1 rush the other way. Stecher saucers a pass to Chyzyk cutting down the slot and Chyzyk buries it.

UND 5, LSSU 2 — Bryn Chyzyk 19:00 (en). Chyzyk gets the puck in the neutral zone and skates it all the way to the top of the crease to put the icing on it.

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UND’s lines

9 Drake Caggiula–27 Luke Johnson–18 Chris Wilkie
19 Shane Gersich–8 Nick Schmaltz–16 Brock Boeser
29 Bryn Chyzyk–10 Johnny Simonson–14 Austin Poganski
25 Joel Janatuinen–26 Coltyn Sanderson–11 Trevor Olson

20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher
4 Keaton Thompson–6 Paul LaDue
28 Hayden Shaw–3 Tucker Poolman

33 Cam Johnson
30 Matt Hrynkiw

Lake Superior State’s lines

8 Diego Cuglietta–29 Gage Torrel–18 Alex Globke
16 Mitch Hults–9 Austin McKay–13 Gus Correale
25 Anthony Nellis–21 Bryce Schmitt–11 Scott Patterson
15 Jake Hand–7 J.T. Henke–10 Matt Johnson

22 Aidan Wright–20 Eric Drapluk
2 Ryan Renz–5 Matt McArdle
12 Kyle Chatham–28 Owen Headrick

31 Gordon Defiel
30 Nick Kossoff