It was about a year ago when Wisconsin came to Ralph Engelstad Arena for a two-game set. UND was down to 18 healthy skaters.
This time, the situation is much different for UND.
Everyone is expected to be available for this weekend’s WCHA series against the Badgers. That means more lineup decisions for the coaching staff, trying to find that right combination.
On the Wisconsin side, the Badgers will be missing center Derek Lee, who is out with a concussion, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Lee is Wisconsin’s second-leading scorer with 19 points (three goals).
During his weekly press conference, Mike Eaves said rookie defenseman Eddie Wittchow will be available, though.
The hot topic this week was UND’s back-to-back one-point weekends. The players were obviously still bothered by how they played on Friday night and know it’s about that time where they have to start playing with more consistency.
One item that’s beginning to be a hot topic among coaches and referees is the diving in college hockey. BU coach Jack Parker was very outspoken about the diving problem around the country earlier this year. UND coach Dave Hakstol also says he believes it’s a big problem.
I talked to WCHA director of officials Greg Shepherd, who agrees that it’s a problem and says that it’s something that he never had to deal with when he was reffing. That story will be in Thursday’s paper.
This week’s Q&A is with Michael Parks, who says he’s finally starting to feel like he’s back to his normal level of play.
On the women’s side, the discussion revolved around the fact that the team has never swept MSU-Mankato in Mankato in program history. A couple of seniors talked about how much they want to accomplish that feat this weekend. That story will be in Friday’s paper.
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