Heads up: WDAY 970 AM (wday.com) has decided to bring back the Saturday Morning Sports Show from 9-11 a.m. with Dom Izzo and Jeff Kolpack. I will be joining them at 10:45 a.m. to talk college hockey. It sounds like that will be a regular spot for the rest of the season for those interested in tuning in.
Obviously the topic will be UND’s 5-2 win over St. Cloud State — and probably in larger part — the fact that coach Dave Hakstol once again has his team surging through the second half of the schedule. The stories from Friday:
Other notes and comments:
- UND moved up one spot in the Pairwise to No. 9. As per Jim Dahl’s prediction, UND can move up to the No. 5-7 range with a win Saturday, or else fall to No. 9-11 range with a loss.
- UND has clinched a top-three finish now in the NCHC. If it wins in the series finale, it will clinch first.
- Defenseman Paul LaDue is +20 in the last 16 games. He has the best plus-minus of any defenseman in the nation since Dec. 7 (next closest is +16). He was +3 on Friday.
- Goalie Zane Gothberg is 12-0-2 in his last 14 games. He hasn’t lost a start since Nov. 9. He has only allowed more than two goals once in that stretch (5-3 win over Colorado College).
- With one more win this season, Hakstol will become the only coach to have 20 wins in each of the past 10 seasons. It’s a feat that two of college hockey’s three winningest all-time coaches — Jerry York and Jack Parker — have never done.
- A stat that displays how UND is getting scoring from everywhere in the lineup: Of the 18 players in the lineup Friday, 15 of them have scored goals in the last six games.
- Since Nov. 30, UND ranks fourth nationally in scoring, only behind Boston College, MSU-Mankato and Quinnipiac.
- UND has lost just one of its last nine road games (3-0 at Denver). And UND outshot Denver by 17 in that game. UND is going for its third road sweep of the season Saturday. It has only done that once in the Hakstol era — the 2010-11 team had four road sweeps (Bemidji State, Wisconsin, Mankato, Michigan Tech).
- UND finally got to Ryan Faragher. The goaltender, who had a 6-3-1 record and a .940 career save percentage against UND, was yanked after allowing five goals in the second period.
- UND has outscored its opponent 14-0 in the second period during the last four games — 4-0 vs. Miami, 1-0 vs. Duluth, 4-0 vs. Duluth, 5-0 vs. SCSU.
- Remember when UND was involved in down-to-the-wire, hold-your-breath-til-the-last-second games every day? In the last 10 games, UND has not been within a goal of its opponent (up or down) at the 19:00 mark of the third period.
- The last time UND swept a series in the National Hockey Center, Keaton Thompson was 3 years old.