Brad Elliott Schlossman
UND and Minnesota are both ranked in the national top 10 ahead of this weekend’s rivalry series. The Fighting Hawks jumped four spots to No. 4 after a sweep of St. Lawrence, while Minnesota dropped one spot after a weekend split against Penn State. The last time both teams were ranked in the top 10 before a series was Jan. 18-19, 2013, in Mariucci Arena. That was their last matchup as Western Collegiate Hockey Association foes. Minnesota was ranked No. 1 at the time and UND was No. 6. For more, click here.
Five things to know about this weekend: 1. MSU-Mankato finished off a two-game sweep of Boston University with a 3-0 win on Saturday night. The Mavs are showing why I think this team can be a No. 1 seed. On Friday, MSU had Boston University graduate transfer Connor LaCouvee play and he got the win. On Saturday, Jason Pawloski posted the shutout.
No surprise, the Penticton Vees are off to a blazing start again. They are 6-0-1 through seven games, led by a deep defensive corps and strong goaltending. This has to be exciting for UND fans. Defenseman Jonny Tychonick , listed as a possible second- or third-round draft pick by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau in their preseason watch list, is one of those players.
Five games of note around college hockey: 1. Providence scored a buzzer-beater with less than one second left — 0:00.9 to be exact — to sweep Miami in Oxford. Kasper Bjorkqvist scored the winner. The Friars did a great job defensively against Miami’s top players. Kiefer Sherwood, Josh Melnick, Carson Meyer, Gordie Green and Louie Belpedio were all held without a point on the weekend.
The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau issued its preliminary, preseason draft ratings Tuesday morning. Four UND commits made the list, including Grand Forks product Braden Costello . ‘A’ players are considered potential first-round picks. ‘B’ players are considered potential second- or third-round picks. ‘C’ players are considered potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round picks. UND players in Central Scouting preseason list
Heading into the exhibition game against the University of Manitoba on Saturday night, one of the big goals was to try to find someone who could join Rhett Gardner as a top-six center. Ludvig Hoff got that call — he was placed between standouts Shane Gersich and Austin Poganski on the top line — and he delivered. Hoff scored two goals in the 6-2 UND win and said afterward that he enjoyed playing on that line.
ST. PAUL — The University of Denver enters this season as massive favorites in college hockey. The Pioneers didn’t lose anyone early to NHL signings, but they could lose a couple of players for two weeks in February. Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell are both believed to be on USA Hockey’s watch list for the Olympic Games.
NCHC media members got off to quite a poor start in Year 1, picking Miami to win the league only to watch the RedHawks finish dead last. Since then, we’ve been a little better, but we’ve only correctly picked the eventual Penrose Cup champion one time — UND in 2014-15. NCHC preseason favorites (actual finish)
UND forward Shane Gersich was named to the NCHC preseason all-star team, tying Denver’s Dylan Gambrell for the final forwards spot. Here’s the squad: F – Henrik Borgstrom, Denver F – Troy Terry, Denver F – Shane Gersich, North Dakota F – Dylan Gambrell, Denver D – Louie Belpedio, Miami D – Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State G – Tanner Jaillet, Denver
NHL training camps are off and running — and 29 former UND players are participating. All 26 players who are under NHL contracts are there. In addition to that, Gage Ausmus is with the Colorado Avalanche, Chris Porter is with the Boston Bruins and Chris VandeVelde is with the Ottawa Senators.