UND is the No. 1 team in both national polls. This means that I got to antagonize coach Dave Hakstol about it at the weekly press conference (for those who don’t know, Hakstol is known to disregard polls).
I asked him about the reaction of the coaching staff when they found out UND was atop the polls. He said: “Streamers and balloons.”
I also asked him whether the team had a big watch party where they stared at the computer until the rankings were updated. Apparently, they did not.
Hakstol did say he thinks polls are a good thing for generating conversation among fans, but he said it doesn’t change their preparation and that the team hasn’t talked about it at all this week.
On the injury front, both Brendan O’Donnell and Bryn Chyzyk are skating again. Hakstol sounded optimistic that O’Donnell would play this weekend, but said that as of now, Chyzyk is probably still out.
With the addition of O’Donnell and Chyzyk to practice up front, Tucker Poolman is back on defense, as expected.
Lake Superior State is scheduled to leave for Grand Forks tonight. They are taking a sleeper bus and the players will sleep as they go from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to Grand Forks. It’s about 12 hours. When they wake up in the morning, they will be in town and ready to practice.