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Grand Forks Central senior defenseman Hunter Moreland helped his uncle earn a unique coaching victory Tuesday night. Moreland scored twice in Central's five-goal third period to lead the Knights to a 6-1 win over Fargo South-Shanley at Purpur Arena. With Central head coach Grant Paranica serving a one-game suspension for taking a game misconduct penalty in his team's 4-2 win over Fargo Davies last Thursday, assistant Matt Moreland took the reins to face the Bruins.
UND officially announced Bill Chaves as the school's 16th athletic director on Tuesday morning. The Herald sat down with Chaves to talk about what's ahead. Q. Your interview and public introduction came during one of Grand Forks' toughest winter stretches. How do you feel about your new climate?
Grand Forks Central's Lucas Kanta was excited to see Fargo Davies come to Purpur Arena on Thursday night. It was a showdown of two of the region's best teams that had tied earlier in the season. The teams came in with Central's one loss the only blemish between the two. "We knew they were a good team, and we were excited about that challenge," Kanta said. It showed. Kanta, a junior forward, had a hat trick and Central outshot Davies by more than double in a 4-2 victory.
In a 2017 UND football season full of injuries, the inside linebacker position was perhaps the hardest hit. On Tuesday, the Fighting Hawks received a shot in the arm to solidify that spot in 2018. Minnesota Gophers inside linebacker Everett Williams will graduate transfer to UND and play his final season in Grand Forks. The 6-foot-1, 244-pound Williams, of Mansfield, Texas, spent four seasons with the Gophers and graduated this past December with a degree in agricultural and food business management.
One Huglen has been plenty for Roseau boys hockey opponents to worry about, but it appears the Rams' foes need to start worrying about two Huglens now. Junior center Aaron Huglen and freshman wing Paul Huglen—top line brothers—proved to be too much for East Grand Forks on Tuesday night in a 4-1 win for the Rams at the Civic Center. The elder Huglen has 13 goals on the season, but it was the younger brother who scored twice in the second period to give the Rams a cushion.
The UND athletic department enters a new era next fall, moving the majority of the school's sports programs from the Big Sky Conference to the Summit League and the football team will soon follow to the Missouri Valley Football Conference. On Tuesday morning at Ralph Engelstad Arena, UND introduced a new leader to bring the department into this next chapter. With the school band and cheerleaders acting as an usher to the podium, UND President Mark Kennedy announced Bill Chaves as the 16th athletic director in school history.
The UND men's hockey team played its 24th game of the season Saturday night in a 2-2 tie with Bemidji State at Ralph Engelstad Arena. And for the 24th consecutive time, Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry had to use a different lineup. On Saturday, it was forwards Trevor Olson and Rhett Gardner and defenseman Andrew Peski missing action with injuries. Berry admitted it's a little frustrating. He's used more than 40 different forward groupings and at least 10 different defensive pairings.
BEMIDJI—UND players filed out of the locker room at Sanford Center on Friday night after a 5-1 win over Bemidji State. As Trevor Olson made his way into the hallway, teammates gathered around to see the battle scars. Olson, a senior assistant captain from Duluth, scored an empty-net goal for his first of the season, but it was his play in the defensive zone that sparked the Fighting Hawks in the series opener. Olson had a team-high three of UND's 15 blocked shots. At least two of those blocks forced Olson to struggle to his own bench.
The search for UND's next athletic director is now in the hands of UND President Mark Kennedy. UND search committee head Tom DiLorenzo opted not to hold the committee's final meeting Friday morning, according to school spokesman Peter Johnson, who's also on the committee. DiLorenzo decided not to meet for the final time, in part, because of the weather forecast and, in part, because the committee had completed the task of seeking applicants and providing finalists, according to Johnson.
Bill Chaves' career in college athletics has included stops at schools with hockey such as Quinnipiac and Northeastern. Now the athletic director at Eastern Washington, Chaves would like to reunite with his hockey roots at UND. "The opportunity to have hockey within a portfolio of sports offerings excites me," Chaves said after participating in a public forum Wednesday while interviewing to become UND's next athletic director. "It's something I've been a part of at different institutions and it really intrigues me."