Senden described as “character forward”

UND’s latest commitment, 1998-born forward Mark Senden, is described as a high-character forward that can play in a lot of different roles.

Wayzata High School coach Pat O’Leary, a former Gopher player, said the first and foremost, Senden is “a great kid.”

Senden played with the U.S. Select team in Germany this summer and was picked to be captain of that team.

In Germany, Senden ended up being one of the team’s top scorers, posting five points (two goals, three assists) in four games. Only three teammates ended up with more points in the tournament — Minnesota-bound Garrett Wait, BU-bound Henry Crone and WHL-bound Kailer Yamamoto.

One of the luxuries for the UND coaching staff will be that Senden is very versatile.

O’Leary said that he possesses the offensive skills to play on a scoring line, as well as the grit and tenacity to play on a third or fourth line. He also has the ability to play both center and wing.

In high school, Senden will likely play quite a bit of center this season, but O’Leary said that he’s very good along the wall, so he wouldn’t be surprised to see him play wing in college.

Senden actually has quite a few Gopher ties. His uncle, Stu, played for Minnesota from 1997-01 (was teammates with O’Leary there). Although he’s going to Minnesota’s biggest rival, O’Leary doesn’t have any problem.

“There will just be two games a year where I can’t cheer for him,” O’Leary said with a laugh.

CBS Sports to broadcast six UND games

A source has informed the Herald that CBS Sports Network will broadcast 14 NCHC games, including 11 regular-season matchups.

UND will be featured prominently on the schedule, getting six of the 11 regular-season games. Every team in the league will appear on CBS at least once: UND 6, Colorado College 3, Denver 3, St. Cloud State 3, Duluth 2, Western Michigan 2, Omaha 1 and Miami 1.

CBS’s expected NCHC college hockey schedule

Jan. 9 — Notre Dame at Western Michigan
Jan. 10 — Minnesota Duluth at North Dakota
Jan. 23 — Colorado College at North Dakota
Jan. 30 — North Dakota at Nebraska Omaha
Feb. 6 — Denver at Colorado College
Feb. 13 — St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth
Feb. 20 — North Dakota at Western Michigan
Feb. 20 — Denver at Colorado College
Feb. 27 — St. Cloud State at North Dakota
March 6 — North Dakota at Miami
March 6 — Denver at St. Cloud State

Playoff schedule

NCHC semifinal game
NCHC semifinal game
NCHC championships game

West Regional ticket information

From UND:

UND announced today that requests for tickets to the NCAA West Regional in Fargo are now being accepted from North Dakota Champions Club (NDCC) members.

The regional tournament will be held at Scheels Arena on March 27-28, 2015. A limited amount of tickets for UND students and a limited amount of tickets for general public will be available at a later date.

The opportunity for NDCC members to request tickets for the 2015 West Regional begins immediately and ends at noon on Oct. 6. This opportunity is available only to NDCC members and is a benefit of membership in NDCC.

Requests will be based on North Dakota Champions Club priority points. The descending NDCC list for West Regional tickets will be based on NDCC priority points as of noon Oct. 6.

NDCC members in the top 100 spots will have the opportunity to purchase up to six tickets per NDCC membership account, subject to availability. NDCC members ranking from No. 101 through 400 will have the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets per NDCC membership account, subject to availability. NDCC members No. 401 and beyond will have the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two tickets per NDCC membership account, subject to availability.

Requesting tickets does not guarantee tickets as ticket inventory for the 2015 West Regional is extremely limited.

Callbacks from the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office to NDCC members who have requested tickets will begin on Oct. 9. NDCC ticket requests must be submitted via email to the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office at The subject line of the email must say “2015 West Regional Tickets.” The body of the email for NDCC ticket requests must include the following information: the NDCC account name; the number of tickets requested; and primary phone number along with a secondary phone number if applicable.

Questions about priority points and all NDCC matters should be directed to Champions Club Associate Director Val Sussex at 701.777.4078 or at

A limited number of tickets will be held for a general public on-sale that will start at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28. Those seeking to purchase tickets to the 2015 West Regional via the public on-sale may do so by visiting

In addition, a limited number of 2015 West Regional tickets will be held exclusively for UND students. More information will be available to UND students at a later date. UND student tickets for the West Regional will be $69, and located in a student-only section which is standing room-only behind the north goal at Scheels Arena.

All tickets for the West Regional will be sold as a three-game package that includes the two semi-final games and the regional championship game. Ticket prices for NDCC members and the general public range from $74 to $89.

Shyiak headed to WMU

Former Alaska Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak is the new associate head coach at Western Michigan. An official announcement is expected this week.

Both of Andy Murray’s assistants left this offseason. The Broncos previously hired Ben Barr from Providence College.

Shyiak spent eight years as head coach of the Seawolves, his last coming in 2012-13. Prior to that, Shyiak was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northern Michigan, for a decade.

Shyiak, of Brandon, Man., has family ties to the Devils Lake area.

NCHC official roster

The NCHC released its officials roster and it includes a popular referee from the old WCHA days.

Butch Mousseaux, based out of Colorado, has joined the NCHC for this season. Mousseaux was popular among fans and players in years past. He reffed in the WCHA last season.

The league has two other new officials: Jarrod Ragusin and Ian Croft. Both have AHL experience.

Three officials from last season are no longer on the roster: Andy Thiessen, C.J. Beaurline and Brian Thul.

Longtime referee Mike Schmitt will continue as an official supervisor for the league.

NCHC officials roster 2014-15

2 Dan Dreger
3 Derek Shepherd
4 Todd Anderson
8 Tom Sterns
12 Butch Mousseaux
13 Nick Krebsbach
15 Jarrod Ragusin
17 Timm Walsh
18 Steve Patafie
21 Joe Sullivan
22 Ian Croft
27 Brian Aaron
29 Scott Bokal
33 Brad Shepherd

Single-game tickets on sale tomorrow

Single-game tickets for UND hockey games go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday).

Nearly 800 single-game tickets are available for every home game with additional seats being available for the exhibition games and holiday series when students are out-of-town on break.

Season ticket packages have sold out again, but fans can add their name to the waiting list by making a refundable $100 deposit.

Prices are below.

Friday games

$40 – adults
$25 – youth

Saturday games

$45 – adults
$30 – youth

Exhibition games

$25 – adults
$10 – youth

NCHC unveils streaming package

The NCHC has unveiled a new league-wide streaming package, where fans can watch all league games during the season for $81.95 (if you order by Sept. 25, if not, the price rises $8).

Fans can sign up and watch the streams at

Fans have the option of just purchasing a streaming package for one program for $74.95, but it seems to make more sense to pay an extra $7 and get every game in the league (unless you are not interested in non-UND games).

Games also will be available on demand.

For fans who have already purchased UND Insider packages, their account will automatically be changed to the conference package at no extra charge and it will be honored for the duration of their original subscription.

Games at Denver’s Magness Arena won’t be available due to a previous contract signed by the school. Neither will games on CBS Sports, but I’m hearing that there will be fewer than 10 games on CBS this season.

Vegas releases national title odds

Caesars has released its odds for the 2014 college hockey national championship. Twitter user @irik101 posted a photo of them, showing that Minnesota is the heaviest favorite to win it all, followed by Boston College, North Dakota and Providence.

Of note, Providence comes to Ralph Engelstad Arena on Oct. 24-25.

Here you go….

3/1 — Minnesota (opened at 9/2)
4/1 — Boston College
6/1 — North Dakota (opened at 10/1)
10/1 — Providence
12/1 — Union
15/1 — Wisconsin
18/1 — St. Cloud State
20/1 — Colgate
20/1 — Michigan
20/1 — MSU-Mankato
25/1 — Denver
25/1 — UMass-Lowell
25/1 — Miami
25/1 — Quinnipiac
30/1 — Ferris State (opened at 40/1)
40/1 — Maine
40/1 — Ohio State
40/1 — Cornell
40/1 — Notre Dame
40/1 — New Hampshire
40/1 — Bowling Green (opened 60/1)
40/1 — Boston University (opened 60/1)
50/1 — Minnesota Duluth
50/1 — Yale
50/1 — Vermont (opened 60/1)
50/1 — Northeastern (opened 60/1)
60/1 — Clarkson
75/1 — Western Michigan

My thoughts?

– Vegas made good calls on Providence and Colgate. I think both should be big factors in the national picture.

– I think the most surprising call is Wisconsin being that high after losing so many key players.

– If you’re looking for a couple of dark horses on the list, I like Northeastern, Boston University and Minnesota Duluth. I think the Terriers have a huge bounce back year, there’s a lot to like with Northeastern and the Bulldogs will be very potent up front.