UND just finished practicing at the Xcel Energy Center and conducted a more entertaining than usual press conference featuring coach Dave Hakstol, captain Chay Genoway, forward Jason Gregoire and forward Brad Malone.
The Sioux practiced with their regular lines, although forward Mario Lamoureux left before the shootout. No word on if he was shaken up or what, but he didn’t participate in the shootout.
So, who won the weekly showdown? The goalies. They stoned finalists Brett Bruneteau and Taylor Dickin to earn the attack from teammates. The highlight of the shootout was Karl Goehring making a nice move to score a goal.
I saw two former Sioux players in the stands at practice in Brad Miller and Ryan Martens. They both talked about how much more nervous they get watching. “Playing is easy, watching is hard,” Miller said.
Also ran into Sioux fans from all over the country, although there weren’t as many in attendance as I was expecting.
At the press conference, Red Berenson said that he almost went to UND to play. He said he was choosing between the Sioux and Michigan. So, when the Sioux got on the podium, the Star Tribune’s Chris Miller asked Dave Hakstol and Chay Genoway where they would be today if Berenson went to UND and was in his 30th year of coaching at UND right now.
They both laughed and Genoway said about Hakstol: “Well, I know he wouldn’t be in the golf business.”
Berenson said he didn’t know if Brandon Burlon would play tomorrow. Burlon practiced the entire time and my guess would be that he’s definitely in. David Wohlberg, who suffered a broken collar bone, also skated lightly in practice but sat out once the team started drills. He won’t play.
We’ll have several stories in the paper tomorrow along with the special section (and I’ll blog details of how to get a copy of it if you wish). But that’s it for now from the Xcel Center.