UND heads to Minneapolis

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

9 thoughts on “UND heads to Minneapolis

  1. good luck to all Sioux nominatec candidates!! have they officially announced schedule for friday–the Sioux play the night game?? thanks

  2. If I can only make it to about half of the practice, would you suggest going for the beginning or the end? Think they would do their shootouts?

  3. Brad, I have not been able to watch as many games this year and have seen LaLeggia play in just one game. I know LaLeggia is a very good hockey player, but how would you compare his play this year to the past 2 years? I ask this because I thought his freshman year was better than his sophomore year at DU. He is definitely a talent that is for sure. If I recall correctly, he is not very big…5’9″ or 5’10″ at the most. This is OK at the college level, but even with his immense talent I have to think his size will work against him trying to make a NHL roster.

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