Friday, December 14, 2012

North Dakota vs. Michigan Tech: Notes & Links

  • North Dakota: 8-5-3 Overall (5-2-3 WCHA)
  • Michigan Tech: 4-8-3 Overall (3-6-3 WCHA)
  • Gametime: Friday & Saturday 6:07 CST
  • Both games will be broadcast across the UND Radio Network, and as always, here's the standard broadcast information. While there will be no TV coverage, both games will be available for viewing via Michigan Tech webcast. Cost is $12.00 per game.
  • Series Notes (PDF): North Dakota and Michigan Tech
  • For all of the GF Herald stories, check out Brad Schlossman's Friday Morning Reading.
  • The Daily Mining Gazette: Huskies, Genoe Doing Alright
  • The Daily Mining Gazette: Last Minute of Hate in This Period
  • The Tech Hockey Guide: Scouting the Huskies and North Dakota
  • UND Sports: Men's Hockey Travel Blog
  • Series Numbers: North Dakota leads the all-time series 145-93-10, including a 61-55-5 edge on the road, and in the last 24 meetings in Houghton, UND has a remarkable 21-1-2 record. The Huskies are winless in the last 14 meetings, with North Dakota holding a 12-0-2 advantage over that stretch. These two teams last met at Engelstad Arena in February of this year, with North Dakota winning on Friday and the two teams playing to a 1-1 tie Saturday. UND's 145 victories against the Huskies are the most in program history against any one team.
  • Michigan Tech and North Dakota have each played five overtime games this season, and both teams sport 2-0-3 records in the extra session. Tech's five overtime contests have all come in their last seven games.
  • North Dakota forward Corban Knight is riding an 11 game point streak, during which he has racked up 15 points (3G, 12A).
  • Following their big weekend against Denver, linemates Carter Rowney and Rocco Grimaldi earned Weekly WCHA Honors. Rowney is starting to look very much like he did last year during his breakout junior season. Against Denver he was driving hard to the net and using his physical strength to out-muscle opponents, and his efforts were rewarded with a five point weekend. Grimaldi, who has produced eight points (2G, 6A) in his last five games, is constantly buzzing around the rink and is a threat to generate offensive chances anytime he is on the ice. The scary thing about him is he still seems a bit snakebitten in terms of burying his quality scoring chances. If he can maintain his current level of play, eventually he will start finding the back of the net and his production will really take off.
  • Michigan Tech has killed off just 75.8% of short-handed situations, second-worst in the conference and fourth-worst in the nation, and the Huskies are last in the WCHA in scoring defense, allowing 3.53 GPG. UND's play on the man-advantage has been relatively ineffective this season, cashing in on just 15.6% of its power play opportunities, third worst in the WCHA. However, North Dakota has been killing off penalties at an 84.5% clip, good for third in the conference.
  • Michigan Tech forward Dennis Rix is one of just eight players in the nation with more than one shorthanded goal this season.
  • Expect Kevin Genoe to get the nod in net for Michigan Tech. For UND, don't be surprised to see Clarke Saunders and Zane Gothberg each get a start this weekend.  
  • UND forward Michael Parks will not play this weekend. Michigan Tech defenseman Daniel Sova is out with a wrist injury, while forwards Tanner Kero, David Johnstone, Chad Pietila and defeseman Justin Fillion are all probable to 50/50 for this weekend's series.  
  • Three Michigan Tech Huskies are NHL draft picks, while 14 North Dakota players have heard their names called by NHL clubs.
  • USCHO's This Week in the WCHA
  • USCHO's Three WCHA Observations
  • USCHO's Weekend Picks
  • CHN's Tale of the Tape
  • CHN's WCHA Power Rankings
  • CHN's Three Things
  • WCHB Weekly WCHA Preview
  • WCHA Weekly Press Release
  • The Hockey Writer's Combine: UND vs. Michigan Tech Series Notes
  • Sioux Sports Series Preview

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