Friday morning reading

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Happy Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday from Michigan.

There’s only one way to spend this American holiday in this state and that’s with the Detroit Lions. Amazingly, the Lions won this game and everyone went to grab their turkey in a good mood.


Now, I’m in East Lansing, where UND will meet Michigan State at 6:05 p.m. Central tonight. It will be the first meeting between these two teams in this city since 1980. The Spartans were in the WCHA back then.

North Dakota has a few connections to this place, though.

Goalie Cam Johnson, who could see his first start since Oct. 16, is from Troy. Freshman defenseman Christian Wolanin is from Rochester. Both Troy and Rochester are northern suburbs of Detroit.

Wolanin wasn’t shy in pointing out that none of the Michigan schools were interested in him, and he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder about it. He’s rather fired up for this weekend’s series, as you could imagine.

Read Wolanin’s comments — and other info — in this Q&A.

Matt Greene is from nearby Grand Ledge, and his parents, Jim and Darcy, work at Michigan State University. Matt’s dream school was Michigan State, but he had his scholarship offer pulled when the Spartans transitioned to a new coaching staff. So, he ended up at UND and it worked out just fine for Greene and North Dakota.

In the 10 years since Matt signed with Edmonton, Jim and Darcy have been popped up at UND games here and there. They have traveled to Houghton to watch UND a couple of times, and that’s no short drive. Houghton is about eight hours away. So expect to see them around the rinks this weekend.

Josh Morton, the former executive of the UND Champions Club and former UND quarterback, now has a similar position at Michigan State. He said he’ll be at morning skate today to say hi to the team.

And more recently, former UND captain Dillon Simpson played at UND, while his father, Craig played for the Spartans.

This weekend’s series is a rare Friday-Sunday matchup. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first Friday-Sunday series since Dec. 2010 in Mankato. The Saturday game was postponed until Sunday because of a blizzard.

This weekend, the finale is Sunday because Michigan State hosts Penn State in football on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. Central). Coach Brad Berry said the option to go to the game is there for the team, but he hasn’t fully decided yet if they’ll go. He says they have some business to attend to.

The above link lists a few questions that have to be answered for UND this weekend — scoring depth and goaltending.

I had a chance to watch Michigan State twice at the Ice Breaker Invitational in Maine and I saw a third game on television this season.

Here’s what you need to know about the Spartans:

  1. Goalie Jake Hildebrand is the reigning Big Ten MVP. He probably could have left school after this season, but didn’t. He can steal games.
  2. I don’t know if it’s a 100 percent done deal that Hildebrand will start both games. He was pulled in his last start a week ago and sophomore Ed Minney, who played at the NTDP, stopped 34 of 36 shots in his first-career action.
  3. Michigan State’s top skill players like J.T. Stenglein, Mackenzie MacEachern and freshman Mason Appleton were very good in the Ice Breaker. When they were on the power play, the Spartans moved the puck a lot.
  4. UND seemingly should have an advantage with depth. Michigan State’s lower lines were average, and this is where UND’s depth players need to be able to create momentum and score a little more.

In East Lansing, the Spartans seem excited about this nonconference matchup between traditional powers.

My three keys to this series:

1. Get two goals per game when the top line is not on the ice. Yes, this may be asking a lot, but I think UND is capable and it would be huge.

2. Stay out of the box. UND wants to play a possession game, but that can’t happen when you’re shorthanded. UND has allowed its opponents to have five power plays in four of the last five games. That’s a tad too many. Lower that number and you’ll lower Michigan State’s scoring chances.

3. Let Poolman bomb away from the point. Tucker Poolman has a tremendous shot, and the more he can get it off on the power play, the higher the chance of a goal — whether he scores himself or if the goalie can’t control a rebound.

This weekend’s picks…

UND at Michigan State: The Spartans have the advantage in net with a league MVP, but I like UND in all of the other spots (except maybe faceoffs, where MSU is .520 and UND is .502). UND 5-3, 2-1.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Yep, we have four college hockey teams playing overseas this weekend. Should be an awesome, memorable experience for all involved. Especially UMass-Lowell, since I’m predicting the River Hawks to win the tourney that also features Brown, Northeastern and Colgate.

Colorado College vs. Air Force: Finally, the Tigers’ nightmare (and 15-game losing streak dating back to last season) should come to an end. CC 4-2, 2-2.

St. Cloud State at Minnesota: The Huskies are skilled, veteran and will be fired up for this series in Mariucci Arena. St. Cloud State 3-2, 4-1.

UND at Syracuse: The Orange were picked to win the CHA this season, so it won’t be an easy matchup. The returning players know that first-hand as they lost to the Orange last season and it may have cost UND a spot in the national tournament. UND 1-1, 3-1.

All right – I need to sleep off some more of the turkey hangover.

Wednesday update

Quick update here before I have to catch my flight to Michigan.

All three goaltenders are fully participating in practice and will travel to Michigan. UND coach Brad Berry has not announced a starting goalie for Friday night yet, so this weekend could be interesting.

Berry said that everyone is going to be on this road trip as UND isn’t limited by conference legislation. He said it’s important for players who aren’t in the lineup to join team activities.

UND will have a team Thanksgiving dinner tonight at The Ralph. UND travels to Michigan tomorrow and will have a regular team meal on Thursday night as well, but the Thanksgiving feast is tonight.

The hot college hockey topic this week has been College Hockey News’ story on the Big Ten’s proposal to set a younger age limit in the sport.

Berry said he’s “not a fan at all” of the legislation.

I’ll also have some more on all of the ties in college hockey.

Also, you’ll want to check out my Q&A with Christian Wolanin in Friday’s paper. He’s from nearby Rochester, Mich., and he made it clear that none of the Michigan schools were interested in him. He has a chip on his shoulder, you could say.

UND is expecting to run into Jim and Darcy Greene, the parents of Matt Greene, who work at Michigan State. If you remember, Michigan State was Greene’s dream school. They offered him but later pulled that offer. Greene ended up at UND and winning a couple of Stanley Cups.

The Greenes frequently travel to watch UND play to this day.

Is loss to SCSU a concern?

UND lost 6-1 to St. Cloud State on Saturday night – the team’s most lopsided loss since the 2008 Frozen Four. How concerning is it?

When you break down the game, it’s probably not anything to panic about.

It’s hard to be too critical of the goaltending when five of the six goals were deflections — three of them deflected off of UND players before going in. The sixth goal was a guy alone on the top of the crease.

I liked the way Cam Johnson looked in net. He seemed more confident than the past. The goals he allowed were some bad luck. I think he plays at least one game against Michigan State this weekend.

Defensively, UND actually only allowed 21 shots on goal, which will win you most contests.

Offensively, I thought UND was bad in the first 13 minutes of the second period – hardly generating anything – but looked fine other than that stretch.

What areas are worthy of concern at this point?

1. Scoring balance [read story here]. Drake Caggiula, Nick Schmaltz or Brock Boeser have had a hand in 15 of UND’s last 17 goals. They are getting a ton from that line, but not enough from others. UND has others who are capable of chipping in, but have gone quiet lately. Austin Poganski’s goal drought is at 11 games. Luke Johnson and Bryn Chyzyk have 1 point in the last 5 games.

2. Penalties. Trevor Olson took an untimely major penalty on Saturday against St. Cloud State that ran North Dakota out of the contest. UND probably spent too much time in the box this weekend and St. Cloud State’s power play was excellent on the big ice sheet.

This week, it’s off to Michigan State to take on the Spartans, who are a solid team. We got a look at them at the Ice Breaker. Some of their top guys can make plays, and they’re not a bad team, but they aren’t St. Cloud State, either.

If UND can find some scoring balance and stay out of the box, it would help solve this team’s biggest concerns and point it in the direction of a couple of wins.

Gameday final: SCSU 6, UND 1

TONIGHT’S VIEWING: Midco Sports Network (GF Ch. 27, 622 HD), Audio: The Fox 96.1 FM on iHeartRadio and audio. Lineup notes: Hrynkiw stays in for UND. Janatuinen replaces Gersich on the LW of the fourth line. St. Cloud State goes with Papa and Tedesco for Eyssimont and Storm.

First period

SCSU 1, UND 0 — Patrick Newell (Robby Jackson Niklas Nevalainen) 14:11. The Huskies only get one shot on net in the first 14 minutes of the period but score on the second. Newell flicks a wrist shot that hits the skate of a UND defenseman, who was down trying to block the shot, re-directing it five-hole on Hrynkiw.

Second period

SCSU 2, UND 0 — Daniel Tedesco (Nathan Widman, Patrick Russell) 5:40. St. Cloud State carries the puck on a 3-on-2 and executes perfectly. Russell leaves it back for Widman, who draws the defender toward him before dishing to Tedesco on the left side. Tedesco goes across the crease to make it 2-0.

SCSU 3, UND 0 — David Morley (Patrick Newell, Jon Lizotte) 8:46. Lizotte holds the puck in the zone and launches a shot that Newell deflects off the post and Morley knocks it in to make it 3-0. Hrynkiw pulled after allowing 3 goals on 6 shots. Cam Johnson in for the first time since Oct. 16.

SCSU 3, UND 1 — Troy Stecher (Brock Boeser, Nick Schmaltz) 14:21. UND’s top line gets on board on UND’s second shot of the period. Boeser finds Stecher in space. Stecher skates to the high slot and fires it through traffic, beating Lindgren on the stick side.

SCSU 4, UND 1 — Niklas Nevalainen (Blake Winiecki, Jimmy Schuldt) 18:35 (pp). Skating on a major power play, St. Cloud State again makes it a three-goal game. Simonson fails to clear a puck and it gets to Winiecki near the goal line. He flips a pass back to a pinching Nevalainen, who snaps a shot that hits Boeser and gets by Johnson.

Third period

SCSU 5, UND 1 — Ethan Prow (Joey Benik, Kalle Kossila) 16:15 (pp). Prow gets the puck at the point on the power play and blasts one that deflects off of a UND defenseman and past Johnson.

SCSU 6, UND 1 — Jacob Benson (Jon Lizotte, Jimmy Murray) 19:05. The Red River grad scores his first-career goal on a tip of a shot by his former Roughrider teammate.

UND’s lines

9 Drake Caggiula–8 Nick Schmaltz–16 Brock Boeser
29 Bryn Chyzyk–27 Luke Johnson–18 Chris Wilkie
25 Joel Janatuinen–10 Johnny Simonson–14 Austin Poganski
26 Coltyn Sanderson–22 Rhett Gardner–11 Trevor Olson

20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher
24 Christian Wolanin–6 Paul LaDue
4 Keaton Thompson–3 Tucker Poolman

30 Matt Hrynkiw
33 Cam Johnson

St. Cloud State’s lines

21 Jimmy Murray–11 Kalle Kossila–63 Patrick Russell
9 Joey Benik–13 David Morley–14 Patrick Newell
23 Robby Jackson–18 Judd Peterson–10 Ryan Papa
6 Daniel Tedesco–42 Blake Winiecki–17 Jacob Benson

22 Jimmy Schuldt–12 Ethan Prow
5 Nathan Widman–20 Will Borgen
7 Niklas Nevalainen–16 Jon Lizotte

35 Charlie Lindgren
45 Rasmus Reijola
30 David Zevnik

Friday night rewind

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Yes, it was a bit of a strange evening with UND officially being known as the Fighting Hawks. I heard some fans “caw-ing” at each other. Others waved their arms like hawk wings after UND goals, laughing in the process.

We had some fun with the new name, too, on Friday afternoon. I posed a question on Twitter and Facebook asking fans to submit their picks on who would score the first goal as a Fighting Hawk for both the men and the women.

The answer to the trivia question will forever be Drake Caggiula and Amy Menke. Caggiula got his a little bit before Menke. Both players ended up with Hawk tricks (sorry, terrible pun, but my dad and grandpa would be proud).

Three people ended up calling both goal scorers right — David Badley, Matthew Borowicz and Marcus Anderson.

Badley also won on the men’s side. He was only 40 seconds off of Caggiula’s goal. Honorable mention to Jordan Schmaltz, who knows his old team well. He was only 2:08 off.

Brooke Umland wins on the women’s side. She was only 2:23 off of Menke’s goal late in the second period.


Grand Forks Herald gamer

Star Tribune column by Patrick Reusse

St. Cloud Times gamer

SB Nation blog recap



This was the most that UND has been pushed all season, including the loss to Wisconsin. St. Cloud State became the first time to outshoot UND — and the Huskies did it by quite a bit.

UND entered the weekend allowing 22.25 shots per game. St. Cloud State had 27 by the end of the second period.

It was a huge test for goalie Matt Hrynkiw, and he passed it. He gave UND a chance to win yet again, and UND did it. Hrynkiw was great on first pucks. He struggled with rebound control, especially late in the game. But that’s where the strong defenders helped out.

The defenders cleared out a lot of rebounds and made some key shot blocks to keep UND in front.

A few other thoughts:

  • Obviously, UND’s top line is very dominant right now. Probably UND’s best line since the DOT line. That’s 20 points in the last three games for the Drake Caggiula-Nick Schmaltz-Brock Boeser line. Caggiula was on the ice for all four UND goals.
  • It was very interesting to see freshman Rhett Gardner get the assignment of the defensive zone draw with 5.2 seconds left. He won it and it iced the game for UND. Gardner, by the way, now has a goal in three straight games.
  • The last draw aside, UND got destroyed on faceoffs. The final tally was 45-25. UND has had some tough faceoff nights vs. SCSU in recent years.
  • The last time UND swept a series in St. Cloud, Boeser was 1 year old.
  • The Fighting Hawks did a terrific job on the power play, going 2 for 3. They took just :23 to score on the first power play and :19 on the second.
  • St. Cloud State easily set up in the zone on its power plays. The Huskies went 1-for-5, but it was essentially 2-for-5, because they converted one before UND could get its fifth back in the zone. The Huskies had 12 shots on their power play tonight.
  • A funny moment in the game was when Hrynkiw lost an edge and wiped out into his own net taking the ice for the second period. Hrynkiw said it was pretty funny and that it actually helped relax him.
  • As usual, it was a great showing of UND fans in the NHC, which helped make for a great atmosphere.
  • Although UND’s big top line has been so dominant, you could easily make an argument that Troy Stecher has been UND’s best player to this point. He had two more assists and a terrific night again.
  • It was a tough night for the refs. A couple of questionable calls that led to power-play goals for each team. And Bob Motzko was not happy about UND’s first goal, which Caggiula tipped on net before putting home his own rebound. It could have been high sticking. It was very, very close, but the officials didn’t think video was conclusive enough to overturn the call on the ice.
  • I thought it was one of Trevor Olson’s more solid games. He scored two goals in the NHC last season, so maybe it’s a favorite spot of his.

Gameday final: UND 4, SCSU 3

TONIGHT’S VIEWING: FSN Plus (GF Ch. 339), Fox College Sports, Audio at iHeartRadio 96.1 The Fox or LINEUP NOTES: No surprises in the lineups. Both Benson and Lizotte are in for SCSU. Full lines and live chat are below.

First period

SCSU 1, UND 0 — Judd Peterson (Patrick Newell Jon Lizotte) 2:20. UND loses a wall battle and gets caught out of position defensively, starting a quick 2-on-1 for SCSU. Newell draws LaDue enough toward him to get the pass and Hrynkiw has no shot at Peterson’s one-timer.

SCSU 1, UND 1 — Drake Caggiula (Troy Stecher, Nick Schmaltz) 6:20. Stecher blasts a point shot that Caggiula tips. Lindgren makes the initial stop, but Caggiula pounces on the rebound to score the first goal as a Fighting Hawk.

UND 2, SCSU 1 — Drake Caggiula (Rhett Gardner, Nick Schmaltz) 13:37 (pp). UND only takes 22 seconds to cash in on the power-play chance. Schmaltz gets the puck to Gardner at the bottom of the right circle and Gardner makes a great cross-crease feed to Caggiula, who buries his second of the game.

Second period

UND 3, SCSU 1 — Rhett Gardner (Brock Boeser, Troy Stecher) 5:48 (pp). UND has a short power play but converts again. Stecher blasts one from the point that gets to Gardner on top of the crease after a Boeser tip. Gardner quick flicks a backhand past Lindgren’s skate to score for the third straight game.

UND 3, SCSU 2 — Jimmy Murray (David Morley, Jimmy Schuldt) 16:29 (pp). After back-to-back power plays, the Huskies convert when Morley sends a pass from the left circle all the way across to the right circle to Murray, who rockets a shot perfectly in the corner of the net to beat Hrynkiw.

Third period

UND 4, SCSU 2 — Drake Caggiula (Christian Wolanin, Nick Schmaltz) :28. UND gains the zone and Wolanin launches a point shot purposely wide of the net, looking for a long rebound and he gets it. Caggiula goes top shelf from a tight angle to finish off his first-career hat trick.

UND 4, SCSU 3 — David Morley (Jimmy Murray, Niklas Nevalainen) 14:52. An SCSU power play ends, but UND isn’t able to get its fifth attacker back in the play and Murray fires a shot from the left circle that Hrynkiw leaves in the crease for Morley to easily sweep in.

UND’s lines

9 Drake Caggiula–8 Nick Schmaltz–16 Brock Boeser
29 Bryn Chyzyk–27 Luke Johnson–18 Chris Wilkie
19 Shane Gersich–10 Johnny Simonson–14 Austin Poganski
26 Coltyn Sanderson–22 Rhett Gardner–11 Trevor Olson

20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher
24 Christian Wolanin–6 Paul LaDue
4 Keaton Thompson–3 Tucker Poolman

30 Matt Hrynkiw
33 Cam Johnson

St. Cloud State’s lines

21 Jimmy Murray–11 Kalle Kossila–63 Patrick Russell
9 Joey Benik–13 David Morley–23 Robby Jackson
19 Mikey Eyssimont–18 Judd Peterson–14 Patrick Newell
4 Ben Storm–42 Blake Winiecki–17 Jacob Benson

22 Jimmy Schuldt–12 Ethan Prow
5 Nathan Widman–20 Will Borgen
7 Niklas Nevalainen–16 Jon Lizotte

35 Charlie Lindgren
45 Rasmus Reijola
30 David Zevnik

Friday morning reading

Apologies for the lack of updates later this week — I was having some troubles logging into the blog and posting.

But thankfully it’s working again because it is game day in St. Cloud and there’s a big showdown set between No. 4 North Dakota and No. 7 St. Cloud State in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

For starters, it sure sounds like Paul LaDue and Bryn Chyzyk should be ready to go.

They only participated in half of Tuesday’s practice, but were full participants Wednesday. The team left Thursday for St. Cloud.

The two goaltenders on the trip are Matt Hrynkiw and Cam Johnson, which means that Johnson is ready to go. This is the first trip that Bob Anderson did not make with the team.

Matej Tomek, whose workload was increasing each week to start November and even dressed for a game against Wisconsin, saw his workload decrease late last week, meaning he’s probably still a couple of weeks out.

UND has the luxury of being cautious with all of its players’ recoveries with the team’s depth and the way the team has been winning. Berry said that LaDue and Chyzyk wanted to practice the whole session Tuesday, but Berry didn’t want to risk any injury.

The coaching staff also was cautious with Tucker Poolman’s recovery. Poolman practiced for two weeks before returning to the lineup against Miami last weekend.

A few things stood out to me about this series as I typed up previews this week:

A) This is the only regular-season meeting between the two. In the last decade-plus of the old WCHA, they met twice a year. SCSU coach Bob Motzko seemed rather disappointed about it.

B) UND has a better winning percentage and national ranking than the Huskies, but St. Cloud State ranks ahead of North Dakota in every major category — offense, defense, power play, penalty kill and team save percentage.

C) Motzko raved about defenseman Ethan Prow, and said the team was unable to replace him during his four-game absence. St. Cloud State has amazingly outscored opponents 32-5 with Prow in the lineup.

D) Whoever scores the first goal of the weekend for UND — assuming they score… it didn’t go so well for MSU-Mankato in its trip to St. Cloud this year — will be the first to score as a Fighting Hawk. In our Ice Time page, I had a little fun going back and finding out who scored the first and last goals in the Ben Brien-designed Sioux logo (Chad Mazurak, Mark MacMillan) and other landmark UND goals.

UND coach Brad Berry said in today’s preview that he hopes his players aren’t taking in the “Fighting Hawks” announcements during games or the hoopla surrounding it, because he wants them to be dialed into the game.

That shouldn’t be difficult considering the atmosphere that’s usually in the National Hockey Center. According to the St. Cloud Times, tickets are scarce for this weekend’s matchup between the two teams to win the Penrose Cup thus far.

For Thursday’s paper, I wrote about the two Grand Forks Red River players on St. Cloud State’s roster, Jon Lizotte and Jacob Benson. I mainly featured Lizotte, who spends his summers racing a B-Mod and has been a big surprise to start the season for the Huskies.

Meanwhile, Mick Hatten wrote about the St. Cloud player on UND’s roster, Austin Poganksi. The power forward has emerged as a key player this year for North Dakota. Poganski was excellent in the series in the NHC last season.

I also did my weekly Q&A with Poganski, but that’s not online quite yet.

My three keys to the weekend for UND:

  1. Faceoffs on special teams. Last season, St. Cloud State destroyed UND on faceoffs on the power play. It led to a couple of goals on the power play, and that decided the game. UND has done a great job in the neutral zone and preventing good zone entries on the PK this season, which means they need to get clears.
  2. Cracking Lindgren. Husky goalie Charlie Lindgren has allowed 1 goal at home this season in 4 games. He’s probably not going to give UND any gimmes, like other opposing goalies have this season. So, traffic in front is going to be key.
  3. Cash in on power-play chances. Traditionally, St. Cloud State is a team that gives opponents very few power-play chances during a game. When you get one, you have to take advantage. Look for Poolman’s big shot from the point to be a key.

On to my weekly picks….

North Dakota at St. Cloud State (men): If you saw the blog earlier in the week, you saw how this series usually plays out. St. Cloud State on Friday, UND on Saturday. Sounds fine to me. SCSU 3-1, UND 4-2.

Denver at Wisconsin: Unfortunately for Wisconsin, after a great weekend in Grand Forks, the Badgers had to wait two weeks to play again. If they come back with the same effort, it won’t be easy for the Pios. But Denver’s high-end players may be too much. DU 4-0, 3-1.

Minnesota Duluth at Colorado College: The Bulldogs, my preseason No. 1 team in the nation, have just 1 win in the last 8 games. They sit at 3-5-3 overall. This trip to play 0-10 CC comes at the right time. Bulldogs 6-2, 4-2.

Omaha at Miami: Omaha is coming off of an open week. Can it still hold on to its magic of winning when getting outshot nearly every game? And can Miami rebound from a tough weekend in Grand Forks? 3-3, 2-2. Two ties.

Michigan at Boston University: Goaltenders at both programs are struggling and offenses are not. It could be a fun one in Boston. BU 5-3, 4-4.

Minnesota Duluth at UND (women): UND hasn’t proved that it can put together an entire weekend yet. It has not put together back-to-back performances yet. Until North Dakota can do that, it’s hard to pick anything but a split. UND 3-0, Minnesota Duluth 2-1.

This will be an interesting series for the UND, which will see the Shannon Miller-less Bulldogs for the first time ever. UND went 2-32 in its first 34 matchups against Miller, but in the last 12, UND has only lost once. The tide of the rivalry has completely shifted.

First-year coach Maura Crowell will try to help right the ship and swing that back in favor of the Bulldogs, who have played one of the country’s most difficult schedules.

UND has gone with Shelby Amsley-Benzie in goal for four straight games, and you have to wonder if coach Brian Idalski will ride the hot hand through a very key stretch of games.

Minnesota Duluth is a team that UND hopes to finish ahead of in the standings once again, so these ones are important.

After this, it’s a trip to Syracuse. Last season, UND was upset by Syracuse once at home, potentially costing the team a trip to the NCAA tournament.

After ‘Cuse, it’s Bemidji State. UND needs to sweep to win the season series, because the first one ended with a tie and a Beaver win. Bemidji State scored late in the third to tie it, then won it with 7 seconds left in overtime.

If UND wants to make a run at the NCAA tournament, it starts with this six-game stretch.

That’s it for now. I’ll soon post a link to the College Hockey Today podcast featuring myself and Nate Ewell from College Hockey Inc.

The no-sweep series

North Dakota and St. Cloud State have played a two-game series in the National Hockey Center every year since 2001-02.

Amazingly, there hasn’t been a sweep in that series — by either team — since then. The Huskies won a pair of games during that season, but neither team has earned a sweep in NHC in the last 13 series there.

Even more crazy is that for a 10-year span from 2002-03 to 2012-13, North Dakota was 0-8-2 on Fridays and 10-0 on Saturdays.

Yes, there has been a familiar pattern in these series.

North Dakota and St. Cloud State will both try, once again, to grab that elusive NHC sweep when they meet this weekend in a top-10 series. St. Cloud State hasn’t done it in 14 years. UND hasn’t done it in 17.

North Dakota-SCSU in the NHC

2014-15: Split (UND win on Saturday)
2013-14: Split (UND win on Friday)
2012-13: Split (UND win on Friday)
2011-12: Split (UND win on Saturday)
2010-11: UND three points (UND win on Saturday)
2009-10: Split (UND win on Saturday)
2008-09: Split (UND win on Saturday)
2007-08: Split (UND win on Saturday)
2006-07: UND three points (UND win on Saturday)
2005-06: Split (UND win on Saturday)

2004-05: UND three points (UND win on Saturday)
2003-04: UND three points (UND win on Saturday)
2002-03: Split (UND win on Saturday)
2001-02: St. Cloud State sweep
2000-01: DID NOT PLAY
1999-00: St. Cloud State three points (SCSU win on Friday)
1998-99: UND sweep
1997-98: Split (UND win on Saturday)
1996-97: Split (UND win on Saturday)
1995-96: UND sweep