Friday Morning Reading

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According to the Ticketmaster site, a few tickets have become available for this weekend’s series against St. Cloud State, including a couple in the lower bowl. I would expect that this series will be sold out come game time, though.

The MacMillan family already has their tickets and they are bringing a crew of nine from British Columbia. They will fly from Kelowna, B.C., to Winnipeg and drive down to Grand Forks to watch the brothers play against each other for the first time.

In Thursday’s Herald, I wrote a little bit about Mark and Mitch MacMillan, getting their thoughts about the brother battle. Of note, they have a 13-year-old sister who plays on a B.C. bantam team who has made it her goal to play for the Sioux someday. She will be at the rink this weekend.

The St. Cloud Times also has a take on the brothers playing against each other.

Today’s notebook features Danny Kristo, who coach Dave Hakstol says is playing a complete game. Of course, big-time offense is part of that complete game. Kristo is nearly averaging two points per game to start the season.

In that same notebook, Hakstol details some of the things that UND needs to improve on against the Huskies.

This week’s Ice Time features a short Q&A with Stephane Pattyn, whose game reminds me of Mario Lamoureux as a freshman. As Jayson Hajdu once said, Lamoureux plays every shift like he hasn’t made the team yet. So does Pattyn. And like Lamoureux, Pattyn seems to be making it impossible for the coaches to take him out of the lineup.

This week’s Through These Doors episode recaps Wisconsin and previews the Huskies.

The St. Cloud Times also featured one of SCSU’s top players, Drew LeBlanc, who is closing in on the Century Club and has played in 125 straight games.

As for other games in the WCHA…

Bemidji State at Minnesota Duluth: The last time these teams played, Bemidji State knocked Duluth out of the Final Five with an OT goal. Not that anyone really remembers that, because the Dogs ended up winning a different tournament there a couple weeks later on an OT goal. The Beavers remain a work in progress, while the Bulldogs see several parallels between defensive partners Brady Lamb and Wade Bergman.

Nebraska-Omaha at Wisconsin: Several Sioux players got their first taste of the Kohl Center last weekend. Now, it’s Omaha’s turn. The Mavs will not only have to deal with the crowd, they also will have to deal with alternate captain Ryan Little, who has been cleared to play after suffering an injury against the Sioux.

Denver at Michigan Tech: The Pioneers may continue to go with their 11-forward, seven-defenseman lineup against the Huskies. One of those defensemen is Josiah Didier, who is big and mobile. The Huskies will try to rebound after being swept at Bemidji.

Minnesota at Alaska Anchorage: One of the keys to Minnesota’s newfound offense is defenseman Nate Schmidt, who has a booming shot from the point. Schmidt has come alive after a rough freshman season. The Gophers are up in Anchorage, taking on a Seawolves team that will be minus Jordan Kwas, who is injured.

Colorado College at RPI: Everyone knew that Jaden Schwartz’s decision to return to Colorado College instead of go pro was big for the Tigers, but Gabe Guentzel quietly made the same decision. Guentzel is an offensive blue liner for the Tigers, who are on the road for the first time this season.

On the women’s side…

The Sioux are playing a Saturday-Sunday series against the Bulldogs in AmsOil Arena. One Sioux player mentioned this week some bad memories in the old rink, although the last college game to be played in that building was a UND women’s hockey victory over the Dogs.

I wrote this week about Margot Miller, who has been moved to defense as a senior. It’s yet another role that the former Shattuck player has agreed to take on for UND.

The Sioux also carry some impressive stats heading into the weekend.