We’re into July. The players will all be on campus next month, so I’ve updated the sidebars, turning the page to the 2014-15 season for both the men and the women.
I threw the incoming recruits onto the stats file and cleared them off the commit list. The women only are bringing in two players — Fargo South’s Kara Tupa and Northeastern transfer Jordan Hampton, who will have three years left.
They have five future commits — here’s a bit of info on them.
Rebekah Kolstad, F, 2015: The Mankato East player racked up 58 points in 25 games last season, leading her team in scoring by a whopping 24 points. She finished 16th in the state in scoring. Kolstad has one year left in high school, then will arrive on campus. The Mankato Free Press wrote a story on her last season.
Taylor Flaherty, D, 2015: The blueliner for Lakeville North has the ability to add some offense from the back end. She had 14 points in 22 regular season games, then tallied five points in three section tournament games, leading Lakeville North to state. She has one seasons left before coming to UND. Her highlight video is pretty impressive.
Charly Dahlquist, F, 2015: The Eden Prairie forward had 35 points in 25 games as a junior last season, leading her team in scoring. In the first round of the state tournament, she scored the tying and go-ahead goal against Andover to lead Eden Prairie to a victory. Her father is Chris Dahlquist, a defenseman who played for the 1991 Stanley Cup finalist Minnesota North Stars. She has one year of high school left.
Kristen Campbell, G, 2015: UND went up to Manitoba to get another goalie. This one is Winnipeg’s Campbell, who plays for the Shaftesbury Titans. She was Manitoba’s goaltender at the 2013 Canadian Under-18 championships and is listed at 5-foot-10, which is tall for a women’s goaltender. She will come next season.
Abigail Stanley, D, 2016: Stanley is from Missouri, which hasn’t exactly been a hot bed for hockey recruits. But I’ve heard that the coaching staff is excited about this get. Stanley is a very offensive defenseman who can pile up the points. That’s evident if you see her stat page from when she played with the St. Louis Lady Blues program. She won’t be on campus until 2016.
It’s no secret that two of the most hyped recruits in the women’s hockey world right now are defenseman Jincy Dunne from Missouri and forward Amy Potomak from British Columbia. Dunne’s sister is an Ohio State commit. Potomak’s sister is a Minnesota commit. They are big-time players, though.
Potomak is a 2017 recruit, but was good enough to play in the WCHA as a top-six forward as a high school freshman. Dunne nearly made the U.S. Olympic team as a 16-year-old.
The younger sister of UND defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid, Nicola, also is a potential target. Nicola is a forward. A local name to watch is East Grand Forks forward Haley Mack. She will play Division I hockey somewhere. You have to believe that her old high school coach, Bemidji State new bench boss Jim Scanlan, would like to nab a commitment from Mack.