Friday morning reading

The men have the day off (well, sort of, they still have practice) and only have an exhibition lined up for Saturday night against the U.S. Under-18 team.

The women, meanwhile, are back in WCHA play with their first road series at St. Cloud State.

The depth of the women’s team has been discussed early this season and there’s one stat that jumped out at me today: UND has outscored its opponents 10-0 in the third period this season and has outshot its opponents 73-23 in that frame.

That could be a result of the UND coaching staff playing more players deeper into games, keeping them fresh. Last season, UND outscored its opponents 56-20 in the first period and just 43-33 in the third.

UND will be looking to take care of business against a winless St. Cloud State team that has lost 12 straight against UND. During those games, UND has outscored the Huskies 65-10.

For today’s paper, I wrote a feature on sophomore Becca Kohler, who really started to emerge at the end of last season and has continued her progression early this season. Read that here.

A couple of other notable stats:

  • Without the Lamoureux twins, you had to question whether UND would have finishers this season. And those questions came up again after UND mustered 38 shots but only one goal against Ohio State. But UND’s shot percentage is very close to last year’s. It was 10.7 percent last season. It is at 10.2 percent this season.
  • UND is still averaging more than 1,000 fans per home game.
  • UND is outscoring opponents 18-2 in the first and third periods, but is being outscored 8-5 in the second.
  • Freshman defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak still leads the team in shots on goal with 24. Kohler and Michelle Karvinen are one back.

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I talked to UND recruit Shane Gersich late Thursday after he arrived in Fargo and will write a story for Saturday’s paper. He’s pretty excited for the weekend. The U18s take on the Fargo Force tonight, then UND on Saturday.

Here are a couple of notable stats for the men’s side (only a four-game sample):

  • With Andrew MacWilliam gone, I wasn’t sure who would lead the team in blocked shots. So far, it’s Dillon Simpson with nine. Troy Stecher is second with six.
  • Not surprisingly, Rocco Grimaldi is generating the most number of opportunities. He already has 22 shots on goal — double of everyone else on the team. Drake Caggiula is second with 10 shots.
  • The top faceoff man early is Caggiula at 57.4 percent. We’ll see if someone emerges as the dominant faceoff guy that UND wants on the ice at the end of games (probably Mark MacMillan, even though he’s at 48.1 right now).

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Here’s a story on MacMillan and his work on the North Dakota Strong campaign from the NCAA website. Remember, UND will be wearing special jerseys for the game and they will be auctioned off.

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NHL.com has a story on the Schmaltz brothers. Nick, a UND recruit, is trying to join Jordan as a first-round NHL pick. He is scheduled to come to campus next season. Nick is off to a strong start in the USHL, leading Green Bay in scoring with 10 points in nine games.

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Another recruit in the spotlight is Austin Poganski. He was battling an injury earlier this season, but now has four goals in his last three USHL games for Tri City. Jack Rowe also may be finding his stride with four goals in the last three games for Cedar Rapids.

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Thief River Falls defenseman Chris Forney compiled a huge game from the blue line tonight for Langley in the BCHL. Forney had a hat trick and five points.

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In the AHL, Danny Kristo may be pushing for a call-up. He leads Hartford in scoring with eight points (five goals) in seven games.

Meanwhile, former classmates Joe Gleason and Andrew MacWilliam faced off against each other for the first time this week.

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The new Through These Doors has been posted. Check it out below.

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And I know that UND doesn’t play this weekend, but I’ll still throw out some picks.

Miami at Providence: Should be a wonderful series. Miami has an explosive offense. Providence may have the best goalie in the nation in Jon Gillies. We’ll see what happens head-to-head. Split.

Colorado College at Clarkson: Tigers stay up and down in their trip out East. Split.

St. Cloud State at Colgate: The Raiders are a veteran team, so it won’t be a cakewalk for the Huskies. Even so, I think St. Cloud State has too many weapons. Huskies sweep.

Notre Dame at Duluth: This is PasswordisTaco’s upset special of the week. I don’t argue with him. Split.

Cornell at Nebraska Omaha: The Big Red have a senior goalie and a lot of players back. It won’t be easy to sweep them, so I don’t think the Mavs will. Split.

Niagara and Canisius at Denver: The Pioneers are very shorthanded up front, but they have enough on the back end to get it done. Denver sweeps.

7 thoughts on “Friday morning reading

  1. Say Brad are you going to continue to throw out predictions all year for the NCHC matchups? If so kudos to the work you will be doing to keep us all informed of the matchups around the league.

  2. Curious if with the loss of Gropp there might me any other potential recruits on the National team? Most are committed, but I think there is an uncommitted center.

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