UND and Denver are headed to Minneapolis today to meet up with Miami and Western Michigan — two teams that have been there all week.
After Miami defeated St. Cloud State first round and Western Michigan beat Duluth, both teams decided to stay in Minnesota for the week and prepare for the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.
Neither school is on spring break like UND. Western had spring break the weekend it came to Grand Forks. Miami’s spring break is next week.
The teams will hold their first practices at the rink Thursday. UND will go from 12:30 to about 1:30 p.m. It is open to fans. Miami goes after UND.
Not a lot of breaking news at today’s weekly presser. Not expecting to see any changes in the lineup for Friday night after a strong Sunday from Andrew Panzarella at forward.
I haven’t heard any updated numbers on ticket sales, but UND sports info director Jayson Hajdu tweeted earlier this week that all of the suites are sold for the event. I’m guessing that ticket sales picked up after UND clinched a spot in the tournament on Sunday night.
Two other quick notes:
- There’s an awards banquet tomorrow at about 5 p.m. in Minneapolis, where they will announce the major award winners for the league. I’m expecting UND senior Dillon Simpson to be named the defenseman of the year in the league. He also could win offensive defenseman of the year, but DU’s Joey LaLeggia is a prime candidate for that, too.
- The Hobey Baker Award top 10 will be announced at 9 a.m. Thursday. Not expecting any UND guys on the list. I think that Omaha’s Josh Archibald will make it. Miami should have at least one, too. Whether that’s Riley Barber, Austin Czarnik or both… I’m not sure. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see DU goalie Sam Brittain on it. Those have to be the NCHC’s top candidates.