College men's hockey preview: North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth
North Dakota at Minnesota DuluthWhat: NCHC seriesWhen: 7:07 p.m. Friday and SaturdayWhere: Amsoil ArenaRecords: North Dakota is 14-2-2 overall and 7-1 in NCHC; UMD is 7-5-3, 4-3-1-1Rankings: The Fighting Hawks are No. 4 in both the USCHO.com and ...
North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth
What: NCHC series
When: 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Amsoil Arena
Records: North Dakota is 14-2-2 overall and 7-1 in NCHC; UMD is 7-5-3, 4-3-1-1
Rankings: The Fighting Hawks are No. 4 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls; the Bulldogs are No. 17 in the USCHO poll.
Series: North Dakota leads 140-77-9 and split with UMD last season in Grand Forks in the teams’ only meeting.
Coaches: Brad Berry, in his first season at North Dakota, is 14-2-2; Scott Sandelin, in his 16th season at UMD, is 275-266-73.
Radio: WWAX-FM 92.1
Internet: http://921thefan.com (audio); http://nchc.tv (video)
North Dakota update: The Brad Berry era has started much better than the Dave Hakstol era did at North Dakota. You can also say that when comparing it to the Dean Blais and Gino Gasparini eras in Grand Forks. Berry’s .833 winning percentage is tied with Bob Peters (15-3-0) for the best 18-game start for any North Dakota head coach. Hakstol (10-6-2) and Gasparini (11-7-0) both began .611 while Blais, a native of International Falls, was 9-8-1 (.528) in his first 18 games. The Fighting Hawks have been led by the ‘CBS’ line of senior Drake Caggiula, freshman Brock Boeser and sophomore Nick Schmaltz. Over the last four games, Caggiula, Boeser and Schmaltz have combined for 11 goals and 10 assists during a four-game winning streak. They have 19 goals and 24 assists in their last eight games together. Caggiula has 13 goals this season and Boeser has 11. Schmaltz has 21 assists.
UMD update: The Bulldogs’ top line may not have a catchy nickname but senior Austin Farley, senior Tony Cameranesi and sophomore Karson Kuhlman of Esko have been just as hot the last four games, if not hotter. They’ve combined for 11 goals and 15 assists during a run of four straight wins, though only Farley is in double digits for goals this season with 10. Six of his 10 goals have come in the last four games. The Bulldogs’ other top line of junior Alex Iafallo, junior Dominic Toninato of Duluth and freshman Adam Johnson of Hibbing also are coming off its best weekend of the season, posting four goals and an assist against Western Michigan. All three scored last Friday and Johnson picked up another goal Saturday on a great feed by Iafallo. Johnson’s two goals were the first of his college career. Senior defenseman Andy Welinski of Duluth is coming off a big weekend as well, finishing with four assists against Western Michigan. Welinski is tied for fifth among NCHC defenseman in scoring with 10 points.
Quote: “We’re on a little four-game win streak, so hopefully we can take some momentum into this week. It’s some big points here. Hopefully we can get six of them going into break.” - Toninato