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On to the game.
It’s quite a contrast from last weekend.
A week ago, UND went a time zone east. This week, it’s a time zone west.
Last week, it was one of the nation’s best defensive teams. This week, it’s one of the nation’s best offensive teams.
Last week, it was an NHL rink. This week, it’s an Olympic rink.
The styles of Notre Dame and Colorado College may be quite opposite, but both pose a difficult challenge for a UND team that has been okay so far in the eyes of coach Dave Hakstol.
Hakstol is hoping to see more offensive zone possession time for his team this weekend. That starts with grinding, cycling and protecting the puck. Maybe it will end with a rebound goal or two — something this team hasn’t had much lately. Read the details on that in Thursday’s story.
One thing UND hopes not to see a lot of this weekend is Colorado College senior Rylan Schwartz. The undrafted free agent isn’t as highly touted as his brother Jaden, but it’s Rylan who has burned UND in the past.
While there has been a lot of focus on shots allowed in Grand Forks, it’s been the same thing in Colorado Springs. The Tigers allowed 97 last weekend and they are looking to play a little tighter this weekend against UND.
This week’s Q&A is with Nick Mattson. The sophomore defenseman talks about Brad Berry and which player has the best cooking skills.
The lead to this week’s notes column is Matt Frattin, who is the top goal-scorer on the Marlies roster despite only playing in 5 of the team’s 18 games.
The team made the trip to the Springs on Wednesday night. Sports info director Jayson Hajdu has a travel blog going here. Stephane Pattyn won the weekly shootout.
This week’s episode of Through These Doors follows Corban Knight around on a game day.
Elsewhere around the league….
Minnesota-Duluth at Michigan Tech: The Huskies had last weekend off after winning back-to-back overtime games against Bemidji State. The Bulldogs are still trying to dig their way out of a slow start.
Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota: Dean Blais wonders if this will be his last trip to Mariucci. Don Lucia is saying that Omaha will be the best team that the Gophers have faced so far this season.
Bemidji State at MSU-Mankato: The Mavs are coming off of a sweep of the Badgers in the Kohl Center thanks to a big weekend by Matt Leitner. Can they keep the momentum going?
Wisconsin at Denver: UW star recruit Nic Kerdiles will make his debut tonight. Mark Zengerle also is on the trip but is not expected to play tonight. Either way, Kerdiles could provide some much-needed offense for the Badgers, who have scored more than 2 only once this season.
St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage: The safe bet here is three points for the Huskies. Anchorage has lost and tied in each of the last three weekends. Anchorage will look to get Matt Bailey going. Bailey has 1 goal in 10 games so far this season.
On the women’s side, UND hosts RIT in nonconference action.
Forward-turned-defenseman Monique Lamoureux says that UND needs a sweep or its chances at an NCAA tournament bid will take a hit that the team may not be able to recover from.
RIT is a team that nobody around here knows much about. Looking at its schedule-results, there is an interesting pattern, though. The Tigers have not scored more than two goals — or allowed more than two goals — in the last six games.
UND has a chance to tie the longest winning streak in program history tonight and it will enter the game with a lot of confidence. Read about that, and the prank the team pulled on coach Brian Idalski this week, here.
Also, the team’s staff is in a bit of a predicament. Read about that here.
That’s it for now. Check back this afternoon for a pregame video blog from Colorado Springs, and return tonight to join the live chat (we’ll try to keep it on topic this weekend, I promise).