It’s the off week for the UND men’s team, but senior Hobey Baker Award candidate Corban Knight already has his weekend planned out.
Knight says he will spend the weekend watching the UND women’s hockey team and its showdown against Ohio State on senior weekend.
“We’ve grown a pretty tight bond with them,” Knight said.
The women’s team has won six games in a row and seven of the last eight heading into this key weekend against the Buckeyes. The teams split earlier in the season.
UND will have its European players back in the lineup after Josefine Jakobsen, Andrea Dalen, Tanja Eisenschmid and Jorid Dagfinrud missed last weekend due to Olympic qualifiers.
Freshman Leah Jensen, who has missed a lot of time this year with injuries, will be evaluated later this week. She’s not expected to play against the Buckeyes, though.
Despite losing star players Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner, Ohio State actually has been better this season than last season. UND coach Brian Idalski credits that to the new Buckeye coaching staff turning the program into a team that’s much tougher defensively.
There will be more on this series in Friday’s paper.
Last week, Jocelyne Lamoureux broke the WCHA’s all-time scoring record. This week, Michelle Karvinen is on milestone watch. Her next point will be No. 100 for her career, which is remarkable considering she’s a second-year player who missed the first six weeks this season.
The men are going to enjoy having this week off considering their adventure on the way home from Omaha.
UND coach Dave Hakstol said today that, despite all of the ups and downs of Saturday, he would be willing to do another outdoor game, but probably not at this critical point in the season and with so much on the line.
The players also said they enjoyed the game, and made the best of their night in Sisseton. Nick Mattson said if he’s ever going to be stranded in Sisseton, South Dakota, there’s nobody he’d rather be stranded with than this bunch.
Hakstol was a guest this week on USCHO Live. You can listen to a replay of that interview here.
Several news sources are reporting that former UND standout Matt Frattin will be out for 2-3 weeks because of a knee issue. Frattin had surgery in the offseason and currently ranks seventh in the NHL in goals and fourth in goals per game.
Two UND players were honored by the WCHA this week for their on-the-ice achievements.
Zane Gothberg is the WCHA defensive player of the week after holding Omaha, previously the top-scoring offense in league play, two just three goals in two games over the weekend.
Lamoureux, who had a school-record six assists during Saturday’s 7-0 win over Bemidji State, is the WCHA’s offensive player of the week.
Others were honored for their work in the classroom.
Dillon Simpson, Mark MacMillan, Mattson, both Lamoureux twins, Mary Loken, Ali Parizek, Jordan Slavin, Andrea Dalen, Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Tori Williams, Shannon Kaiser and Michelle Bonapace-Potvin were all named WCHA scholar-athletes.
You can read this week’s chat transcript below.