Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sioux vs. Seawolves series preview

Cross Posted at INSIDE HOCKEY.
The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux travel to Anchorage Alaska to play the UAA Seawolves this weekend

Television: The games against UAA will be on Midcontinent this weekend: channel 323 in North Dakota and South Dakota, channel 413 in International Falls and Fairmont, Minn. Midcontinent will be picking up the broadcast from GCI Cable Television in Anchorage.

Radio: The games can be heard at 96.1 the Fox.
Internet:  Webcast from GCI. [Click to view]
Records and Rankings:

UND – 6-7-1 overall, 4-6-0 WCHA; received votes in both national polls. The Fighting Sioux swept the fifth ranked Colorado College in Grand Forks, ND last weekend (7-6 win, 4-3 win).

UAA – 5-7-2 overall, 2-7-1 WCHA; unranked in both national polls. The Seawolves took three points from the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks last weekend (5-4 win and 5-5 tie).

Series History:

The Fighting Sioux lead the all-time series with UAA Seawolves, 42-17-4 (27-3-3 at home and 15-14-1 in Anchorage).

The Fighting Sioux have only lost twice in their last 13 meetings against the UAA Seawolves (9-2-2 during that stretch). In the last 10 games, UND leads the series, 7-2-1.

Players to Watch:  

For the Fighting Sioux: forwards Danny Kristo (7g-10a—17pts), Corbin Knight (6g-11a—17pts) and Brock Nelson (10g-7a—17pts) are tied for the team lead in scoring. Goaltender Aaron Dell currently holds a .887 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average.

For the Seawolves: forwards Mickey Spencer (7g-2—9pts), Brett Cameron (2g-5a—7pts) and Daniel Naslund (2g-5a—7pts).   Goaltenders Chris Kamal (.890 save percentage, 3.10 goals against average), and Rob Gunderson (.884 save percentage, 3.28 goals against average).

Key Numbers:

1 – The number of gamess the Seawolves and Fighting Sioux have won on the road this season.

2 – The UAA Seawolves are ranked second in Penalty Minutes (15.1).

5 – The number of wins the Seawolves have so far this season.

6 – The Fighting Sioux & the Seawolves are ranked 6th on the power play (20.8).

7 – The number of losses that the Sioux have so far this season.

7 – The Fighting Sioux are ranked seventh in team defense (3.21).

8 – The number of losses that the Seawolves have for far this season.

9 – The Fighting Sioux are ranked ninth in the WCHA in scoring (2.86).

10 – Fighting Sioux forward Brock Nelson has 10 goals so far this season.

10 – Fighting Sioux forward Danny Kristo has 10 assists so far this season.

10 – The Seawolves are ranked 10th on the Penalty Kill (76.7). 

11 – The Fighting Sioux have scored 11 goals in the third period this season.

11 – The Seawolves are ranked 11th in scoring Offense (2.43).  

11 – The Seawolves are ranked 11th in Scoring Defense 11th (3.36)

11 – The Fighting Sioux are ranked 11th in Penalty Minutes (11.8).

Other games in the WCHA:  Minnesota State at Minnesota, Bemidji at Saint Cloud, Nebraska Omaha at University of Alabama Huntsville, Duluth at Michigan Tech, Denver at Colorado College (Friday only). Wisconsin is Idle.