Sophomore Mitch MacMillan, who recently left the St. Cloud State hockey team, has transferred to North Dakota.
He will not be eligible to play for UND until January of 2012 but can start practicing with the team. That alone, will help the team with no nickname because of all the injuries it is had this season.
North Dakota has been one and two skaters short in recent games.
At UND, MacMillan will join his brother Mark, a freshman this season. Mitch MacMillan had five assists in 14 games at SCSU the first half of the season.
The MacMillans are both from Penticton, British Columbia.
"We are finding ways to win games any way we can," said UND coach Dave Hakstol, who needs two victories to reach 200. A sweep of the Gophers this weekend at the Ralph would get him to that milestone.
North Dakota is 8-2-1 since being swept by the Gophers in early November.
Asked if the No. 5-rated Gophers are for real this week, Hakstol said, "I an not really worried about them. I care about the guys in our locker room and the steps they are taking. We will be ready to play Friday."
UND is coming off a 3-1 victory over Clarkson on Saturday in Winnipeg, Canada. Forward Carter Rowney had two goals in that game. He has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games since they played at Mariucci.
Also hot for North Dakota is defenseman Dillon Simpson with 10 assists in 10 games.
* One of the key players hurt is first-line wing Corban Knight, who suffered a lower-body injury three games ago. He has missed the past two games.