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North Dakota hits the ice on Sunday

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: October 3, 2013 - 1:51 AM

North Dakota will play a familiar exhibition patsy in Manitoba at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ralph.

UND is 8-0 under coach Dave Hakstol against the Bisons, winning those games by a combined score of 51-17.

Of course, most U.S. Division I teams should beat the Canada's universities. That country's best college-age hockey players aren't going to school but playing juniors or on pro teams.

It seems UND is trying to help those programs, too. North Dakota has three exhibition games against  schools in Canada. The other two are Jan. 3-4 when UND travels to British Columbia and Simon Fraser, respectively. Maybe Hakstol is trying to recruit a few players up there, too.

UND also as a fourth exhibition game against the U18 U.S. national team on Oct. 26 at home. So plenty of opportunity to try new lineups or play the end of the bench.

North Dakota is ranked No. 6 in the USCHO web poll and No. 7 in the USA Today poll and picked to finish second in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Hakstol has 18 returning lettermen, including an NCAA-high of 15, according to UND media relations, who have been taken in the NHL draft. (The Gophers have 13 NHL draft picks on their roster.) Five of those UND draftees are incoming freshmen.

UND also has four Minnesotans on its roster: two juniors, defenseman Nick Mattson of Chanhassen and forward Connor Gaarder of Edina, sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg of Thief River Falls and freshman defensman Gage Ausmus of East Grand Forks.

Hakstol has had nine winning seasons in a row, and UND has appeared in the NCAA tournament 11 years in a row -- the longest current streak. His overall record is 235-119-37 for a .648 winning percentage. His WCHA mark was 143-82-27, a .621 winning pace.

2013 NCAA champion Yale, after vanquishing the Gophers last March, beat UND 4-1 in a regional final in the NCAA tournament.

UND finished 23-13-7 overall, 14-7-7 WCHA. Its top returning scorer is Rocco Grimaldi (13-23-36), He was a plus-14 player.


Two University of Minnesota students, junior Ellie Gleason and sophomore Molly Sparks, have been named to the U.S. women's team that will compete in the 2013 Winter World University Games from Dec. 10-21 in Trentino, Italy.

Not heard those names before? Well, neither of them play for the Gophers. Instead, both are on the U of M women's club team which finished second in the Division I ACHA national tournament in Wooster, Ohio last season. The U lost to Northeastern 3-1 in the title game.

Gleason is a defenseman from Edina, Sparks a forward from Eagan.

The U of M women's club team practices at Mariucci Arena just like the Gophers men's team does.

Another way to follow UND puck

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: August 30, 2013 - 11:02 AM

"Through These Doors" is not a real catchy name, but apparently it is a good production.

The student-produced series takes an inside look at North Dakota hockey -- wouldn't you like to get inside coach Dave Hakstol's head, Gophers fans? It offers scenes from the locker room, bench and road trips and, according to a UND news release, candid interviews with coaches and players.

And the show is one of the candidates for a 2013 Upper Midwest Emmy, although the competition is steep. Becoming Wild is another contender, as are three FSN shows, Vikings GamePlan, Wild Live and Woog Remembers.

"Through These Doors" has been running weekly for two seasons on This season it is also going to be on twice a month as part of Midco Sports Network's regular Friday night coverage of UND hockey games.

I have never seen it, but hope to this coming season to see what it is like.

OTB, Over the Boards, rated UND's incoming freshmen class third in the nation, behind only Boston College and the Gophers, so The Hack -- I'm fond of the guy, actually, you always know what you will get from him -- should have a good squad again, It should compete for the title in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

The winner of the Emmy will be announced Sept. 28 at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis.

A story in the New York TImes on March 23, 2012, said about a dozen college hockey teams -- out of 58 -- offered some kind of behind-the scenes look that season.

It also had this quote:

“Believe it or not it was Coach Hakstol’s idea,” said Jayson Hajdu, assistant athletic director at North Dakota and the supervising producer of “Through These Doors.”  “He is a fairly traditional, old-school coach as far as access, so it caught me off guard. He saw how popular ’24/7’ was and knew how rabid our fan base is and wanted to try it.”



Hakstol announces 2013-14 recruiting class at UND: eight in all, with size

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: May 17, 2013 - 12:56 PM

The names have been out there for months.

But on Friday, North Dakota  men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol announced  the names of eight incoming freshmen for the 2013-14 season.

Four are defensemen, three are forwards and one is a goalie.

Three are from North Dakota, including two cousins from Grand Forks where the school is, and one from next door in East Grand Forks, Minn. The other four players are from Canada, two from British Columbia, one from Alberta and one from Saskatchewan.

All are at least 5-11, and one is 6-4. So there is some size.

Two were teammates on the Penticton Vees in  the BCHL, two were teammates on the U.S. national development team.

Hakstol said he might add a few more later.

Here are the bios on all eight, provided by UND:


Luke Johnson, 5-11,  165, Grand Forks, N.D.

Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 96th among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Spent the past two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman and Grand Forks native Paul LaDue, a cousin. Had 46 points (19g, 27a) and a team-leading nine power-play goals in 57 games in 2012-13. Had 55 points (20g, 35a) in 55 games in 2011-12 … Participated in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in each of his two years with Lincoln … Helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, collecting four assists in four games.

Played at Grand Forks (N.D.) Central High School as a freshman (2009-10) and sophomore (2010-11), winning a state title  and earning all-state honors as a sophomore.

Father, Steve, played at UND from 1984-88, was a member of UND’s 1987 NCAA championship team, and was a first-team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist in 1987-88 … Uncle, Chad Johnson, was his head coach in Lincoln and played at UND from 1990-93.


Wade Murphy, 6-0, 180,  Victoria, British Columbia

)Draft eligible in 2013 … Led Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League  in points (70) and assists (47) in 2012-13 and made his second straight BCHL Interior Conference First All-Star Team … Tied for fifth in the BCHL scoring race … Added five goals and six assists in 15 playoff games … Was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman Troy Stecher.

Joined Penticton midway through the 2011-12 season and helped lead the Vees to BCHL and Canadian national championships … Collected 14 goals and 15 assists in 22 games with the Vees after scoring 22 goals and 40 assists in 38 games with the Victoria Grizzlies … His 91 total points ranked fourth overall in league’s scoring race … Added nine goals and nine assists in 15 playoff games … Helped lead Canada West to a silver medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, earning all-tournament honors with three goals and three assists in four games.


Adam Tambellini, 6-4, 177, Edmonton, Alberta

Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 42nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Finished the 2012-13 season with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles, collecting 14 goals and 12 assists in just 16 games … Had begun the year with Vernon and amassed 22 goals and 17 assists in 36 games … His 36 total goals tied him for third in the BCHL … Helped lead Surrey to a BCHL championship and is currently competing in the Royal Bank Cup national Junior A championship … Has 10 goals and eight assists in 17 playoff games … Earned BCHL Coastal Conference Second All-Star Team honors.

Spent the entire 2011-12 season with the Vernon Vipers and recorded 27 goals and 29 assists in 55 games … Father, Steve Tambellini, enjoyed a 10-year playing career in the NHL and most recently served as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers from 2008-09 to 2012-13.



Gage Ausmus, 6-1, 204,  East Grand Forks, Minn.

Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 148th among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Spent the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman  Keaton Thompson.

Played in in 66 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2012-13 and had two goals and 12 assists … Tied for second on the team with a +22 rating … Helped Team USA win a silver medal at the World Under-18 Championship … Spent the 2011-12 season with the U.S. Under-17 Team and collected two goals and four assists in 54 games … Named to Media All-Tournament Team at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario, where the U.S. placed second … Helped lead the 2011 U.S. National Under-17 Team to a Four Nations Tournament title in Balishikha, Russia.

At East Grand Forks High School in 2010-11 prior to joining the NTDP and scored three goals and 11 assists in 15 games.


Paul LaDue, 6-2, 185, Grand Forks, N.D.

Selected in the sixth round (191st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft … Spent the past two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman and Grand Forks native Luke Johnson, a cousin.

Set the franchise scoring record for defensemen with 83 points (21g, 62a) and was a +63 in 118 career games with Lincoln … Was named the USHL Defenseman of the Year in 2012-13 after leading the league’s defensemen in points (49) and assists (37) in 62 games … Collected 34 points (9g, 22a) in 56 games with Lincoln in 2011-12 and led USHL defensemen with a +36 rating.

Spent the 2010-11 season with the Alexandria Blizzard of the NAHL and was named to the NAHL All-Rookie Second Team after recording three goals and 19 assists in 56 games … Played prep hockey at Grand Forks (N.D.) Central High School in 2009-10 and had 10 goals and 25 assists in 27 games.


Troy Stecher, 5-11, 180, Richmond, British Columbia)

Spent the past three seasons with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL … A teammate of fellow incoming freshman Wade Murphy for the past two years … Was named 2012-13 BCHL Interior Conference Defenseman of the Year after collecting 47 points (8g, 39a) in 52 games … Was also named to the BCHL Interior Conference First All-Star Team … Led the league’s defensemen in assists … Served as team captain in 2012-13 … Won a silver medal with Canada West at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge

Was named to the BCHL Interior Conference Second All-Star Team in 2011-12 after recording 42 points (5g, 37a) in 53 games and leading the Vees to a BCHL championship … Named RBC Cup Playoffs Top Defenseman after scoring 15 points in 26 games and leading Penticton to a Canadian Junior A national championship … Helped Canada West to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge … Had 20 points (5g, 15a) in 54 games as a rookie with Penticton in 2010-11 … Last name is pronounced STETCH-ur.


Keaton Thompson, 6-0,  185, Devils Lake, N.D.

Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 53rd among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Spent the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman defenseman Gage Ausmus … Appeared in 67 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2012-13 and had four goals and 16 assists with a +18 rating … Helped Team USA win a silver medal at the World Under-18 Championship.

Appeared in 54 games with the U.S. Under-17 Team in 2011-12 and scored five goals and 17 assists … Member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team that finished first at the Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament … Helped lead the 2011 U.S. National Under-17 Team to a Four Nations Tournament title in Balishikha, Russia.



Matt Hrynkiw, 5-11, 179, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Spent the past three seasons with the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) … Named Canada’s 2012-13 national Junior A goaltender of the year and SJHL Goaltender of the Year after going 27-11-2 and leading the league in goals against average (1.83), save percentage (.939) and shutouts (six) … Went 10-6 with a 2.11 GAA and .932 SV% during the SJHL playoffs.

Named Humboldt’s Team MVP, Hardest Worker, Best Team Player, Most Dedicated Player, and Three-Star Award winner … Helped Humboldt to an SJHL championship in 2011-12 after leading the league in GAA (2.28) and shutouts (four) … Last name is pronounced huh-RINK-you.

Underage drinking issue pops up again at UND

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: April 29, 2013 - 1:56 AM

Remember when North Dakota suspended seven players for at least a game at the start of the hockey season last fall?

The suspensions came after a team party where there was underage drinking.

UND is dealing with a similar issue again.

“We had the incident last fall; that jolted everybody,” UND coach DaveHakstol said, according to a story in the Grand Forks Herald. “It resulted in our team making some good adjustments. We did the right things through the entire season. But the incidents and the decisions that have come since the end of the season just don’t meet the standards.”

Freshman goalie Zane Gothberg, 20, received a citation for underage drinking March 31 after the team's return from the West Regional.

Two other players -- Colten St. Clair, 20, and Ben Chyzyk, 20 -- received citations for the same behavior last week and sophomore forward Stephane Pattyn, 22, received a noise citation.

"This is going to cost some people significant scholarship dollars," Hakstol said in the same Herald story.

Gothberg and Chyzyk were cited for underage drinking last September, too.

St. Clair and Chyzyk will be a sophomore forwards next season.

Knight named UND's MVP; Kristo wins two awards

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: April 26, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Senior center Corban Knight was named the University of North Dakota’s MVP on Thursday night for the 2012-13 season.

He was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist and a second-team All-America. He had 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points.

Knight led the nation with 623 faceoff wins, 120 more than any other player and second-most in UND single-season history.  He had a 19-game point streak that was UND’s longest in 25 years.

Other award winners:

Cliff "Fido" Purpur Award: Danny Kristo, sr., forward, Eden Prairie ... Given to the player who exemplifies hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice ... Hobey Baker Award finalist, first-team All-America,  College Hockey News Player of the Year ...  Tied for second nationally with career-high 52 points and led WCHA with career-high 26 goals

Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship: Andrew MacWilliam,  sr.,  defenseman, Calgary, Alberta ... Given to the player who demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards, athletic excellence ... Captain was named to third straight academic all-WCHA team

 Tom Hoghaug Memorial Scholarship: Colten St. Clair, fr., forward, Gilbert, Ariz. ... Given to the freshman who demonstrates initiative, character and a sense of responsibility

Rookie of the Year: Rocco Grimaldi, fr., forward,  Rossmoor, Calif. ... Led WCHA rookies and ranked third nationally with 36 points in 40 games ... Led the nation’s freshmen with 147 shots on goal

Most Improved Player: Dillon Simpson, jr., defenseman,  Edmonton, Alberta ... Led UND defensemen with career-high 24 points, also had career highs with five goals and 19 assists

Coaches' Unsung Hero Award: Joe Gleason, sr. , defenseman,  Edina ... Set career highs with five goals ands 13 assists for 18 points

Virg Foss 3-Star Award: Kristo ... Given to the player who receives the most 3-star voting points from the print media following home games

North Dakota (22-13-7, 14-7-7 WCHA) qualified for the NCAA postseason tournament for the 11th consecutive season, the longest active streak in Division I men’s hockey. UND won its first game, but lost to eventual-NCAA champion Yale in West Regional final.


Defenseman Troy Stecher, a future UND player, was named the MVP of the Penticton Vees who play in the British Columbia Hockey League. He is  5-11, 180 and was the team captain.

He also receieved the Courage Award and the Best Defenseman Award.

Vees forward Louie Nanne, a Gophers recruit, was named the Most Improved Player and the Humanitarian Award winner. He had 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points in 60 games. He was sixth in team scoring in the regular season wirth 41 points and tied for second in the postseason with 12 points in 15 games.



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