Friday, February 10, 2012

Fighting Sioux vs. Minnesota-Duluth: Notes & Links

North Dakota vs. Minnesota-Duluth - Series Notes & Links 
  • Friday and Saturday 7:07 CST
  • Both games will be broadcast on regional radio across the UND Radio Network. As for television, Friday night's game only will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network (Directv channel 613). Each game will also be streamed by B2TV for $8.00/night.
  • Lots of good stuff in Brad Schlossman's Friday Morning Reading 
  • Kevin Pates' (Duluth News-Tribune): North Dakota Back in Duluth
  • Series Notes in PDF: North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth
  • Specialty teams could play a big role this weekend. UMD ranks near the bottom of the league in both power play percentage (10th - 18.6%) and penalty kill (10th - 76.1%) while North Dakota is fifth in the league on the man advantage (20.7%) and first on the kill (85.5%). 
  • Danny Kristo is knocking on the door of the Fighting Sioux Century Club. The junior winger has 95 career points. Linemate Corban Knight is next in line with 83.
  • UMD's top three scorers Jack Connolly, Travis Oleksuk, and JT Brown have combined for 116 points this season, yet none of them are NHL draft picks. Brown is the reigning WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after scoring five goals, including four on Friday night, in last weekend's series against Alaska-Anchorage. Oleksuk is sitting on 99 career points, and with a strong stretch run Connolly could break the 200 point barrier. The senior center currently has 179 career points.
  • The Bulldogs will be looking to get back on track this weekend. Since their 17-game unbeaten streak came to a halt, UMD is 3-3-1 and has been outscored 20-17. They scored 4.29 goals per game and gave up 1.82 during the streak, but the Bulldogs are averaging 2.43 while allowing 2.86 since.
  • This week's UND Sports Spotlight for Men's Hockey is Andrew Panzarella:

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