Brad Elliott Schlossman
UND landed another commitment from an area player Wednesday when Moorhead’s Carter Randklev called UND coach Brad Berry and said he was headed to Grand Forks in a year or two. Our hockey writer in Fargo wrote the commitment story here .
A year ago, UND swept a two-game series in the National Hockey Center for the first time since 1998. On Saturday, St. Cloud State won its first series at home against UND since 2001. After years of splits between these teams in St. Cloud — and a few UND win/ties mixed in — both strings have finally been broken. Saturday’s game got away from UND in a short, 6:24 span at the start of the second period when Robby Jackson scored after a turnover and Mikey Eyssimont scored on a delayed penalty and the ensuing power play to make it 3-0.
Is your favorite college hockey team’s record not as good as you hoped it would be at this point in the season? Unless you cheer for one of a handful of teams — like Alaska Anchorage, St. Lawrence, Merrimack, Vermont or RPI — it’s probably not time to hit the panic button yet. It has been an abnormal year of surprisingly little separation to start this season.
Sophomore forward Cole Smith has been a particularly effective player for UND in the last three weeks — when he’s been out of the penalty box. During the last six games (home vs. Miami, at Denver, home vs. Union), Smith leads UND in plus-minus with a plus-6 rating. Nobody else is better than plus-3. He is the only player (of those who have played in that span) who wasn’t on the ice for an even-strength goal against during those six games.
Posted on November 28, 2017 Brad Elliott Schl
I finally got the sidebars on the right side of this page to update (I have no idea why it was malfunctioning earlier), so everything should now be current, including the commitment from Shane Pinto, who attended this weekend’s series . That was probably the best piece of news from UND coming out of a weekend that it lost and tied to Union at home, marking the second-straight year that UND was winless after Thanksgiving.
UND left Denver with a split after two games that contrasted wildly with each other. One night after rallying for a 5-4 win, UND spent much of Saturday night on the penalty kill and lost 4-1. Here’s my game story .
UND will be starting Peter Thome in net again Friday as the Fighting Hawks open a two-game series against Miami University in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Starting goalie Cam Johnson has been ruled out for the weekend, meaning Thome will be the starter and Ryan “Bob” Anderson of Roseau will be the backup.
MADISON, Wis. — Cam Johnson’s new mask arrived in Grand Forks this week and he has started using it at practice. The UND senior goalie is expected to use it in game action for the first time at 7 p.m. Friday against Wisconsin in the Kohl Center.
UND is getting ready to head to Colorado Springs on Wednesday night and one big task will be trying to slow down Tiger forward Mason Bergh . Bergh had a breakout sophomore season, tallying 14 goals. That number is even more impressive when you consider that the Tigers only scored 70 as a team all last season. That means Bergh accounted for 20 percent of his team’s goals, most among any NCHC player. For more, click here.