|Date||Opponent||Sioux Commit||Sioux Schedule|
|Thu, Oct 20||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||@ Wisc. 21st & 22nd|
|Fri, Nov 11||vs||Cedar Rapids||Jack Rowe||No Game - Off Week|
|Fri, Dec 09||vs||Team USA - 18||S. Matteau, M. Koules||vs. Neb-Omaha|
|Fri, Jan 06||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||No Game|
|Sat, Jan 07||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||Clarkson @ Winnipeg|
|Thur, Jan 26||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||vs Wisc. 27th & 28th|
Jack Rowe's roster spot with the RoughRiders has yet to be confirmed, but there has been no indication that he won't play for Cedar Rapids this season. Keaton Thompson will be playing for the USNTDP U-17 team, so there's a shot he could be in Fargo Dec. 9-it all depends on what the international schedule looks like for Team USA.
Plan on taking a road trip this season? The Wisconsin, Duluth, and St. Cloud series are etched into my calendar (with an additional trip or two possible as well), so here's some info concerning on-sale dates and ticket outlets:
|Series||Game Date||Tix On-Sale||Tickets/Details|
|Home Games||-||Sept. 10||Tickets|
|Wisconsin||Oct 21/22||Sept. 22||Tickets|
|Bemidji St||Nov 19/20||Sept. 17||Tickets|
|Alaska-Anchorage||Dec 2/3||Sept. 26||Tickets|
|Clarkson @ Winnipeg||Jan 7||TBD||Tickets|
|St Cloud St||Jan 20/21||Sept. ??||Tickets|
|Minnesota-Duluth||Feb 10/11||Sept. 26||Tickets|
|Denver||Feb 24/25||Sept. 10||Tickets|
|Final Five (St Paul)||Mar 15/16/17||Tickets|
The Sioux have received commitments from two promising young players. Former Devils Lake (HS-ND) defenseman Keaton Thompson has committed to the Sioux for the 2013 or 2014 season, while forward Nick Schmaltz, the younger brother of 2012 commit Jordan Schmaltz, has committed for the 2014 season. Thompson was one of the top defensemen in North Dakota high school hockey last season as a freshman, and he played 13 games for the Fargo Force after the high school season. He has accepted a roster spot with the USNTDP Under-17 team for the 2011-12 season. Schmaltz is a slick, playmaking forward who recently fared quite well at the Team USA Select 15 Development Camp. He will be playing for the Chicago Mission Midget Minors in 2011-2012.
Derrick LaPoint has yet to sign a professional contract, but he may be leaning towards becoming a free agent August 15.
Former Sioux Ryan Johnson spent a good portion of last season getting healthy before signing with the Chicago Blackhawks for the stretch run. The shot blocking specialist discusses his future as he waits patiently for the next step in his career.
The Team USA 2012 World Junior Championship summer evaluation camp is underway in Lake Placid, NY and former Sioux head coach and current 2012 Team USA head coach Dean Blais will be giving all invitees a clean slate. Current Sioux Derek Forbort and incoming freshman Rocco Grimaldi are taking part in the camp.