Bina tops YouTube

CBS uploaded Robbie Bina’s 170-foot goal to YouTube on Monday and it has become the most popular sports video on the worldwide site for the day.

There are three versions of the goal on YouTube. Two are from the Fox Sports Net broadcast and the third is from the CSTV broadcast. Between the three, more than 100,000 people have watched Bina’s goal.

FSN version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXMnye_8wfg

CSTV version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4kxS1ksqtw

Bina said on the trip home from Minneapolis on Saturday night, he started to get phone calls from friends telling him that it topped ESPN’s Top 10 plays of the day. He didn’t closely follow the national coverage Monday (he was busy curling), but people have been informing him of where the goal has popped up – like on ESPN’s Pardon the Interuption and Around the Horn.

Duncan, Chorney honored

For the second time in three weeks, UND has two WCHA players of the week.

Ryan Duncan is the offensive player of the week and Taylor Chorney is the defensive player of the week.

Duncan, who also was named the national player of the week by Inside College Hockey, had seven points in a sweep over then-No. 1 Minnesota. The sophomore scored four goals and had three assists. Duncan, who leads the WCHA in goals and overall scoring, was the WCHA’s player of the week three times in January.

Chorney had four assists on the weekend and he blocked nine shots. Chorney was a large part of UND’s defense, which held the top scoring offense in the conference without an even strength goal in six periods.

UND players in weekly honors this season:
Oct. 31 — Brad Miller, WCHA offensive player of the week
Nov. 7 — Anthony Grieco, WCHA rookie of the week
Jan. 2 — Ryan Duncan, WCHA offensive player of the week
Jan. 16 — Ryan Duncan, WCHA offensive player of the week
Jan. 16 — Robbie Bina, WCHA defensive player of the week
Jan. 30 — Ryan Duncan, WCHA offensive player of the week
Jan. 30 — Ryan Duncan, Inside College Hockey national player of the week
Jan. 30 — Taylor Chorney, WCHA defensive player of the week

Duncan for Hobey?

Before the season, Sioux fans expected their team would have a Hobey Baker Award contender. And as the regular season starts to wind down, it looks like that may end up happening.

….Only it’s not one of the guys everyone had predicted.

Rumblings about whether Ryan Duncan should receive attention in the Hobey Baker Award race gained legs this weekend as Duncan posted 7 points in 2 games against the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Minnesota.

Duncan now is the leading scorer (goals and points) in the WCHA — both overall and in league games. He’s the third-leading goal scorer in the nation, too.

He’s making quite a case for first-team all-WCHA and the league’s player of the year award. If he has strong weekends at home against Mankato and Duluth, there’s no doubt he will be touted as a Hobey contender and he may be the focus of a campaign led by the school’s sports information office.

The last time they launched a campaign it was in 2003-04 for Brandon Bochenski and Zach Parise. Both ended up being finalists. Bochenski was in the final 10 and Parise was in the Hobey Hat Trick (top three).

I see that some people have wondered why Duncan doesn’t appear on the Vote for Hobey ballot. These obviously were made up early, when everyone thought Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie would be UND’s top contenders. Because Duncan’s name does not appear on this list, it does not mean that he cannot be considered for Hobey Baker.

This is mainly a tool for fans. The 10 finalists are (mostly) determined by ballots sent out to all Division I head coaches. The 58 coaches select the top three players in their conference and in the country. From those ballots, along with consideration from the fan balloting, the finalists are picked.

After those 10 are determined, the selection committee (made up of journalists, NHL scouts and the American Hockey Coaches Association) pick the winner of the award. It is narrowed down to three before the announcement.

Right now, I’d say that Duncan is a longshot to win the award, but he is a serious contender to be a finalist. There is still more than a month left in the season, so a lot could happen. Duncan could drop out of the running or he could surge into being one of the top candidates.

Either way, Duncan is having a fantastic season and will get some kind of recognition for it.

Some people also are wondering if Robbie Bina will get Hobey Baker consideration. He would be an extreme longshot. Bina should be a strong contender for all-WCHA honors, though. There’s no doubt that Bina is the best story in college hockey this season. Everyone in and around college hockey has to be thrilled with how his situation has turned out (except maybe Jeff Frazee).

Weekend review: Minnesota

Before the weekend, even the most optimistic Sioux fans were hoping for a split. A few days later, optimism is at a season high — and rightfully so.

The Sioux moved up to No. 12 in the USCHO poll and No. 9 in the PairWise with the sweep of Minnesota. Looking back on the entire weekend:

Offense: A+. When it was 5-on-5, the Sioux dominated. When they were on the power play they dominated. The Sioux even had two shorthanded goals. They put up five goals the first night and a touchdown the second night. It was an impressive performance against the team that had the best defense in the league coming into the series. Minnesota didn’t have an answer for Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie and Ryan Duncan…. or Erik Fabian and Robbie Bina.

Defense: A. Typically, it would be hard to call giving up six goals an A effort. But when you hold the most potent offense in the league scoreless during even strength play, that is extremely impressive. The Sioux hardly allowed the talented Gophers any great chances during even strength play.

Goaltending: A. Philippe Lamoureux continued to be strong. It appears everyone is confident in the junior now. Side note: Lamoureux has won his last three starts in Mariucci Arena.

Road support: A+. There were Sioux fans everywhere both nights. In fact, I had a friend who listened to the game on the radio and couldn’t tell who scored based on crowd noise, because the Sioux fans sounded as loud as Minnesota fans.

No-Sioux rule: F. It was joked about in the press box — Minnesota won’t play UND in sports other than hockey because of the logo… but the school has no problem selling Sioux merchandise in the arena.

Review of the three keys:

1. Score four or more goals per game. Pass. I didn’t expect the Sioux to achieve this goal both games. They did it without a problem. UND now is 11-0-0 when scoring four-plus goals in a game.

2. Get a goal from a third or fourth line player. Pass. Both nights, UND achieved this. Erik Fabian scored on Friday and Fabian and Darcy Zajac scored Saturday. The Sioux are 11-0-0 when a third or fourth line player scores now.

3. Don’t give the Gophers more than five power plays. Fail. UND missed this by a long shot but it turned out not to matter because of good penalty killing and great offense. The Gophers scored five power-play goals on the weekend, which usually is enough to get wins.

Things to chew on

Robbie Bina had two shorthanded goals this weekend… when is the last time you saw that from a defenseman? He has 14 points (7 goals) in the last 14 games. He is one goal off the lead among WCHA defensemen (Alex Goligoski has nine). He cannot be stopped — not even from 170 feet away.

Ryan Duncan is tied for the lead in the WCHA in overall scoring. He leads the league in goal scoring and he’s the third leading goal scorer in the nation with 21.

Jonathan Toews is averaging two points per game since returning from the World Juniors. He has 12 points in 6 games. He also has 9 points in the last three games.

T.J. Oshie has 11 points in the last 5 games.

Erik Fabian has four goals this season. All four have come this month.

Taylor Chorney blocked six shots on Friday — the same number as Minnesota’s entire team.

UND has the No. 4 power play in the nation.

UND has scored 18 goals in its last three games.

Kyle Okposo was -3 on Saturday night.

Minnesota had 23 power plays to UND’s 10.

UND outscored Minnesota 7-0 during even-strength play this weekend.

Add all these things up and you get the longest unbeaten streak in the nation (6-0-1).

My question for you: How would these last four games have turned out if they were played earlier in the season?

1. UND blows two-goal lead to Bemidji State, which tied the game 2-2 early in the third and had its home arena rocking.

2. UND falls behind Bemidji State 2-0 in the first period.

3. UND falls behind Minnesota 2-0 on the road in a lively building.

4. UND blows a two-goal lead and falls behind the Gophers 3-2.

Earlier in the season, it seemed like the Sioux kept finding different ways to fall short. Right now, it’s the opposite. They’re finding ways to win no matter the obstace.

Gameday final: UND 7, Minnesota 3

Postgame

Game story here. Shot charts will be posted when I get back to Grand Forks.

Extra quotes:

T.J. Oshie’s general thoughts: "We got up 2-0 and… kind of hoping that they would shut it down a little bit. But they came back with three unanswered and it was kind of a reality check for us. From there on, we had a great game."

Oshie on his goals: "Hats off to my linemates, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have gotten any of those goals. I was just kind of the guy at the net at the end of the play. They created everything for me and gave me the opportunities."

Oshie on Bina’s goal: "All year long, we’ve been getting bad bounces, especially before Christmas. They always ended up in the back of our net. It’s about time they start going for us."

Oshie on whether the Sioux were sick of hearing all about Minnesota before the series: "Not really, because they earned it. As many wins as they have… they earned our respect definitely. But we didn’t want to come in here and give them too much respect."

Phil Lamoureux on the weekend: "From top to bottom, everyone played just phenomenal. We got timely scoring from every line, guys played great defense and the penalty killers did a phenomenal job all weekend long. We’re ecstatic about the win, but we understand that our job in the second half isn’t over yet and we still have to win games. We’re going to enjoy this for a couple days because they were a couple of good wins. They’re No. 1 for a reason. We’re going to enjoy this for a while, but come the middle of the week, we’re going to get back to work and start preparing for Mankato."

Dave Hakstol on the first period: "We got off to a good start, made some nice plays. Minnesota got back into it with some great plays on the power play. We get a bounce at the end of the period — a dumped puck by Robbie Bina and it ends up tied. It was an exciting period, I’ll say that much."

Hakstol on whether Bina’s goal deflated the Gophers: "I don’t know. I guess it’s hard to judge what the feeling is on the opposition bench. I didn’t feel that goal changed the feeling on our bench. We gave up three in a row and were spending all the time on the penalty kill, but I didn’t feel like there was any problem on the bench. And that’s a good sign. The goal certainly gives you a little more energy and a little excitement. One thing it did do was change the momentum of the game."

Hakstol on UND getting goals from the third and fourth line: "Very important. We’re starting to see some pretty good play out of Toews, Duncan and Osh, but the fact remains that if we’re going to be successful — and when we’re successful — everyone is chipping in. Bina had a goal tonight, Fabian had a goal tonight — those are critical goals."

Hakstol on Duncan: "He just gets it done. He gets it done. It’s not just his goal scoring. Obviously, he can put the puck in the net. He makes pretty good plays in all three zones. He does it while still flying under the radar."

Hakstol on his team’s performance: "We talked about it this morning — I thought that tonight we were going to have to play a better 60-minute hockey game that we did last night and I thought we did that."

Don Lucia’s general thoughts: "There were some bounces that went against us. They had an 180-foot goal. On the 4-on-3, we moved the puck around and Ben (Gordon) had an open net and he hit a guy in the back of the leg. When things aren’t going your way and you’re not puck lucky, they seem to multiply and tonight seemed like one of those nights. North Dakota played very well. Their top-end guys were good. People were asking where Oshie and Toews have been… well, they should have been here this weekend. They were very good. I thought their whole team was very good. Their team certainly is in rhythm and in sync right now and our team certainly isn’t."

Lucia on his decision to pull Frazee: "He wasn’t on. That was pretty evident early on those first couple of goals. All year long he’s been so sharp and you could just sense that it wasn’t going to be his night tonight."

Lucia on Phil’s hot glove hand: "He likes to make the glove save and throw it up there for everybody to see incase you missed it. Instant replay. Here it is, incase you don’t know where it is."

Lucia on the turning point of the game: "We got the lead and all of the sudden the power play was looking good and we were playing well. Things seemed to change when they got that shorthanded goal. We went in 3-3, and we made a bad decision there (in the second). We were on a power play we were out there for a long time and we get over the red line and we should have dumped the puck. We tried to beat a guy. Don’t. Take a penalty. They score on the power play and then on the very next shift, we get wrapped up with our goaltender, can’t get to the other side and they score a wrap around. All of the sudden, it’s 5-3. That segment was the clincher in the games tonight. You can’t give up five goals and expect to win."

First period

UND 1, Minn 0 — Darcy Zajac 6:16. Zajac carried the puck in the zone on a 2-on-1 rush and took the shot himself, beating Frazee to the short side.

UND 2, Minn 0 — Ryan Duncan (Jonathan Toews, Chay Genoway) 7:39. Toews set up Duncan, who beat Frazee on the short side from the right circle.

UND 2, Minn 1 — Erik Johnson (Alex Goligoski) 9:59 (pp). During a 5-on-3 power play, Johnson’s blast from the point snuck past Lamoureux.

UND 2, Minn 2 — Ryan Stoa (Derek Peltier, Kyle Okposo) 14:34 (pp). Stoa, stationed in front of the net, deflected Peltier’s shot from the point.

Minn 3, UND 2 — Mike Howe (Kyle Okposo, Derek Peltier) 15:58 (pp). Okposo found Howe cutting toward the net from the bottom of the left circle. Howe redirected the puck up and over Lamoureux to give the Gophers the lead.

Minn 3, UND 3 — Robbie Bina (Taylor Chorney) 18:47 (sh). Bina’s clearing attempt from about 170 feet bounces a few times and…. oops.

Second period

Note: Frazee out, Briggs in.

UND 4, Minn 3 — Ryan Duncan (Taylor Chorney, T.J. Oshie) 11:29 (pp). Duncan hits his favorite corner from his favorite spot.

UND 5, Minn 3 — Erik Fabian (Rylan Kaip, Andrew Kozek) 11:53. It looks like Briggs gets caught up with a defenseman on one side of the net, while Fabian quickly scores on a wrap around.

Third period

UND 6, Minn 3 — T.J. Oshie (Ryan Duncan, Taylor Chorney) 5:13 (pp). Duncan drew the attention when he got the puck in the right circle, but fed Oshie, who finished.

UND 7, Minn 3 — T.J. Oshie (Jonathan Toews Ryan Duncan) 11:27. Toews, coming down the left wing fed Oshie, who was on the right side of the net. Oshie went hard at the goal and finished the play.

UND’s lines

16 Ryan Duncan–9 Jonathan Toews–7 T.J. Oshie
24 Chris Porter–20 Matt Watkins–14 Brad Miller
21 Erik Fabian–17 Rylan Kaip–10 Andrew Kozek
26 Kyle Radke–29 Chris VandeVelde–11 Darcy Zajac

2 Joe Finley–28 Robbie Bina
4 Taylor Chorney–22 Brian Lee
6 Zach Jones–5 Chay Genoway

1 Phil Lamoureux
31 Anthony Grieco

Minnesota’s lines

29 Ryan Stoa–9 Kyle Okposo–14 Justin Bostrom
13 Ben Gordon–17 Blake Wheeler–26 Jay Barriball
12 Tony Lucia–16 Mike Carman–22 Ryan Flynn
27 Brian Schack–18 Jim O’Brien–24 Mike Howe

10 Alex Goligoski–15 Mike Vannelli
5 Derek Peltier–4 Erik Johnson
20 David Fischer–6 R.J. Anderson

1 Jeff Frazee
34 Kellen Briggs
35 Brent Solei

Gameday final: UND 5, Minnesota 3

Postgame

Game story is here. Sidebar is here. There is a link to a photo gallery on the same page as the game story. No scanner = no shot charts until I get back to Grand Forks.

Here are extra quotes:

Jonathan Toews on giving up 11 power-play opportunities: "Anytime you give a team like that a chance on the power play, they are going to get pretty darn close to capitalizing. We gave them too many chances tonight, but we didn’t panic and we came back at them."

Toews on the slow start to the game: "We just didn’t come out and play a good first period. Our best period, obviously, was the second period tonight. We did the same thing last Saturday (fall behind 2-0), so we have to come out with a better start and carry a better effort throughout the whole game tomorrow."

Toews on all the hard-working goals: "Sometimes you try to get too pretty. We’re going to try to score goals any way we can. That’s what we’ve been doing lately, so hopefully we can keep that up."

Chorney on giving Minnesota 11 power plays: "We knew we had to stay out of the box against these guys. Tonight, we were pretty fortunate that our penalty kill is good. If that same thing happens again tomorrow, it might not be the same result. We know that, too. We have to be smarter with our sticks. Campion is looking to call everything with our sticks."

Dave Hakstol on whether the game plan was to forecheck hard: "We have tremendous respect for Minnesota as a team and what they’ve accomplished. We know how tough it’s going to be tomorrow night. But the way we play the game is.. we’re an aggressive hockey team. We like to put pressure on the puck. The game of hockey is about puck possession. That’s the way we try to play the game."

Hakstol on Toews: "I’m pretty proud of the young man. He never uses a crutch when things don’t go well. And I’m sure tonight he gave a lot of credit to the people around him. He’s a character guy."

Hakstol on winning two straight games in Mariucci: "The last game we won here was 12 months ago, so I don’t know if you can draw any conclusions there. We played hard. When you have some good bounces go your way and when you have a good goaltending performance and when you play hard, good things happen — whether it’s at home or on the road."

Hakstol on his lengthy conversation with referee Jon Campion after the first period: "I can’t really recap it. It was just usual talking during the game. I was just trying to sort out a couple of things. Mostly, I thought Jon was doing a good job. I just wanted to make sure I could go in and tell our guys where the line is drawn and what they have to adjust to. I don’t know whether we did that or not. We gave up 11 power plays. We as a team have to do a much better job of that tomorrow night."

Hakstol on giving up 11 power-play opportunities: "It’s playing with fire. I don’t care who you are playing against. There aren’t very many games where if you give up 11 power plays that you are going to win the game. I’m going to give our guys some credit. They worked hard on the penalty kill. Our goaltending did a good job on the penalty kill. It was good enough to get a win tonight, bottom line.

Hakstol on whether he was having flashbacks to last year’s 6-1 loss when the Gophers went up 2-0: "There really weren’t, because I felt we were ready to play tonight. No, absolutely not. There were no flashbacks. I felt like we were ready to play. If I remember right, last year… I tried to block that one out… but we were back on our heels basically for 60 minutes. I thought that score last year probably flattered us. We were ready to play tonight and that never entered my mind."

Don Lucia’s general comments: "I thought North Dakota played very well. They’re obviously playing their best hockey of the season right now. And when you make mistakes like we did, you’re not going to win."

Lucia on Minnesota’s mistakes: "Two goals were direct results of turnovers. We gave up a goal off a faceoff. Those start to change a game."

Lucia on UND: "I thought North Dakota’s top-end guys were very good tonight. Overall, they were stronger on the puck than we were."

First period

Minn 1, UND 0 — Ryan Stoa (Mike Howe, Kyle Okposo) 2:03 (pp). Stoa deflects the puck in front of the net for a power-play goal.

Minn 2, UND 0 — Alex Goligoski (Jim O’Brien) 14:20. Minnesota got the extra attacker on the ice during a delayed penalty. Phil Lamoureux made one big stop and Taylor Chorney made another when Lamoureux was out of position. In the end, Goligoski eventually beat Lamoureux high to the glove side.

Minn 2, UND 1 — Robbie Bina (Jonathan Toews, Ryan Duncan) 1:55 (sh). Duncan forced a turnover as Minnesota tried to carry the puck in the zone. Toews brought the puck the other way on a 2-on-1 rush and fed Bina for the goal.

Second period

Minn 2, UND 2 — Erik Fabian (Rylan Kaip) 7:08. Kaip went forward with a draw in the right circle and fed Fabian, who was crashing the net.

UND 3, Minn 2 — Jonathan Toews (Chay Genoway, T.J. Oshie) 9:25. Toews collected a rebound near the right circle and fired it past Briggs to give UND the lead.

UND 4, Minn 2 — Ryan Duncan (Jonathan Toews, Taylor Chorney) 19:49 (pp). Chorney’s blast from the point got on net. Toews’ rebound attempt was stopped but Duncan cleaned it up with 10.6 seconds left.

Third period

UND 5, Minn 2 — Ryan Duncan 17:25. Duncan stripped the puck from Ryan Flynn and beat Briggs to the blocker side.

UND 5, Minn 3 — Justin Bostrom (Erik Johnson, Kyle Okposo) 18:42 (pp). Bostrom tipped Johnson’s shot for a late goal.

UND’s lines

16 Ryan Duncan–9 Jonathan Toews–7 T.J. Oshie
24 Chris Porter–20 Matt Watkins–14 Brad Miller
21 Erik Fabian–17 Rylan Kaip–10 Andrew Kozek
26 Kyle Radke–29 Chris VandeVelde–11 Darcy Zajac

2 Joe Finley–28 Robbie Bina
4 Taylor Chorney–22 Brian Lee
6 Zach Jones–5 Chay Genoway

1 Phil Lamoureux
31 Anthony Grieco

Minnesota’s lines

29 Ryan Stoa–9 Kyle Okposo–24 Mike Howe
12 Tony Lucia–17 Blake Wheeler–26 Jay Barriball
16 Mike Carman–18 Jim O’Brien–22 Ryan Flynn
27 Brian Schack–14 Justin Bostrom

10 Alex Goligoski–15 Mike Vannelli
5 Derek Peltier–4 Erik Johnson
20 David Fischer–6 R.J. Anderson

34 Kellen Briggs
1 Jeff Frazee
35 Brent Solei

Three keys to Minnesota

Although they won’t say it, I can just about guarantee you that the Sioux are sick of hearing how good the Gophers are.

What Minnesota has done so far this season is impressive. There have been many great players and great teams at Minnesota, but none have put together an unbeaten streak as long as this team’s (22 games, Oct.-Jan.). But the Sioux know they are a good team, too, and I have a feeling they believe they are being slighted and under-estimated by fans.

How will they come out this weekend? Will they play like they’re going against the No. 1 team in the country? Or will they come out with a chip on their shoulder like they did against Anchorage earlier this month?

This weekend should be telling for both teams. Sure, the Sioux are 6-1-1 since Christmas. But they’re 1-1 against top 15 teams in that span and 5-0-1 against unranked opponents. Are the Sioux ready to show they are one of the elite teams in the country?

Yeah, Minnesota had its impressive streak. But as Don Lucia said this week, the Gophers have the toughest part of their schedule in the second half. They are 2-2 in the last two weeks and haven’t looked like the steamroller they were in the first half. Will the Gophers re-establish their dominance?

We’ll find out the answers soon enough.

If UND is to have a successful weekend on the road against the No. 1 team in the country, it has to follow what has been the formula for success this season. So, these are the three keys to beating Minnesota:

1. Score four goals per game. The Sioux are 8-0-0 when they do it. They’re 5-11-2 when they don’t. Against what has been a stingy Gopher defense, this is going to be an extremely difficult task. In 27 games this season, the Gophers have allowed four goals just four times. If the Sioux get the offense going, though, it should add up to a successful weekend.

2. Get a goal from a third or fourth line player. The Sioux are 9-0-0 when this happens and 4-11-2 when it doesn’t. Erik Fabian has found the net a couple times since Christmas. Now, it’s time for Chris VandeVelde to finally get on the board or for Darcy Zajac to break his 12-game goal drought.

3. Don’t give the Gophers more than five power plays. Last season in Mariucci, Minnesota had 19 power plays in the two games. When you put talented players like Kyle Okposo, Erik Johnson, Alex Goligoski and Jay Barriball on the big ice sheet with extra space, bad things are going to happen. UND’s penalty killing numbers have been very good in recent weeks, but this weekend is a bad time to test that unit.

Lets hear your keys, predictions and thoughts on the weekend.

Need to pass the time?

Talk is starting to heat up about this weekend’s Sioux-Gopher series. The team left today for Minneapolis and will practice at Mariucci this evening. Expect Jeff Frazee to be far, far away from the building when the Sioux do their weekly shootout competition.

If you’re looking for something to pass the next 27 hours, here are a few suggestions. You can check out tomorrow’s Herald to see what Jean-Philippe says about his sisters committing to Minnesota and about the rivalry he grew up watching. Also read what Don Lucia says about his team trying to live down the Holy Cross loss.

For the meantime, there are a few things of interest:

The Minnesota Daily says the Gophers need to be good on the penalty kill this weekend. The Pioneer Press says the Gophers will only have 10 forwards for Friday’s game. And the Star Trib says it’s time for the stretch run.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses the future of two first-round draft picks who will be playing against each other this weekend — T.J. Oshie and Erik Johnson.

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The Manitoba Moose will honor Jonathan Toews for his performance in the World Junior Championship on Feb. 3.

There will be a pre-game tribute video for Toews on the scoreboard. He also will receive a Team Canada Moose jersey, which will be presented to him by former UND coach Brad Berry, who is now an assistant with the Moose.

Toews also will drop the ceremonial opening puck and sign autographs after the game. The first 2,000 fans will receive a color Toews photo and have a chance at winning an autographed Toews Team Canada jersey.

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Zach Parise was named MVP of the NHL YoungStars game Tuesday in Dallas. Parise had six points in the game.

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The Winnipeg Free Press did a feature on Travis Zajac and his transition from college life in Grand Forks to the NHL world in the shadows of New York City.

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Colby Genoway was traded to the Vancouver Canucks. Genoway hasn’t cracked the NHL yet, but Vancouver thinks he has the skills to make it someday.

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For those going to the series, the Minnesota cheerleaders are hosting a winter clothing drive. They are asking for new or lightly worn coats, hats, gloves, mittens, boots, etc. All donations will go to the Salvation Army and if you donate, you are eligible for prizes through a raffle drawing.

Kozek will travel, but questionable

UND coach Dave Hakstol said forward Andrew Kozek will make the trip to Minneapolis but he is listed as questionable for the series against Minnesota.

Kozek hurt his shoulder last Friday against Bemidji State and did not play Saturday night. Kozek has practiced this week.

He probably won’t play Friday night against the Gophers, but an official decision won’t be made until later.