Showing posts with label Jordan Schmaltz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jordan Schmaltz. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Schmaltz Brothers: Making of Something Special

With the regular season right around the corner, one thing to take notice of is how well the Schmaltz brothers, Jordan(Junior) and Nick(Freshman) played in the exhibition opener against Manitoba this past Sunday.

Both these brothers have more in common than people might think. Both were drafted in the first round in their respective draft years to different teams in the Central Division. Jordan went 25th overall to the St. Louis Blues in 2012, and likely would be in their system if it wasn't for brother Nick coming to UND this season. Nick went 20th overall in this years draft to the Chicago Blackhawks, making the brothers the only first round draft picks on UND's current roster. Both also played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL before coming to UND as well.

Jordan is a puck moving defenseman who likes to shoot from the high slot when he has the opportunity to, especially when quarterbacking the power play. In his two years at UND, the St. Louis draft pick has totaled 36 points, 24 of those coming last season, doubling his freshman year total. He is an every day player and has continued to get better and better in each game. Jordan recorded a team leading three points (Goal, 2 assists) in the exhibition opener Sunday afternoon with two of them coming on the power play.

As for younger brother Nick, in the one game I was able to see him skate, he seems to have a Zach Parise like mentality to drive to the net, which will find him on the score sheet more often than not. Although he did not score Sunday, it was not due to the lack of trying. It seemed as if he couldn't buy a bounce to put one in, including hitting the post on an open net. If this net front presence continues for Nick, look for him to be a potential NCHC rookie of the year and putting the NCAA on notice.

The combination of the brothers will continue to grow chemistry as the season moves along and will make the power play that much stronger. Look for these two to be a factor in every single game this year and will be noticeable whenever they are not on the ice.

Friday, October 03, 2014

THN Top 50 NCAA Players



The Hockey News has ranked the top 50 NCAA Hockey players and 14 (.28%) are from the NCHC. Three of them are from the University of North Dakota. 
8. Riley Barber, Miami – Incredible offensive prowess has boosted the Washington pick’s stock since he came to RedHawks; look for more of the same from the junior.
9. Jordan Schmaltz, North Dakota – St. Louis first-rounder is a maturing, mobile defenseman who doubled his points as a sophomore last season.
12. Nick Schmaltz, North Dakota – Jordan’s younger bro joins him in Grand Forks. The Chicago first-rounder is blessed with a number of sick offensive moves.
17. Jonny Brodzinski, St. Cloud State – Gifted goal-scorer will once again light the lamp large for the Huskies; he’s a Los Angeles selection.
21. Evan Cowley, Denver – With Sam Brittain gone, Cowley can put his stamp on the crease with the Pios. The big netminder is a Florida pick.
27. Jake Guentzel, Nebraska-Omaha – Smaller Pittsburgh pick had an outstanding freshman season with the Mavs and they’ll need his playmaking prowess again.
28. Andy Welinski, Minnesota-Duluth – Mobile Anaheim pick with great size led the Bulldogs in points from the blueline as a sophomore.
33. Zane McIntyre, North Dakota – Boston prospect formerly named “Gothberg,” will hold down the fort in net for UND as the team eyes a national title.
34. Jaccob Slavin, Colorado College – The Carolina prospect is much bigger than he was when the Canes drafted him and he plays all situations on the back end.
35. Quentin Shore, Denver – The third of four hockey brothers, Shore is an Ottawa prospect who brings some nice scoring punch back to the lineup.
38. Paul LaDue, North Dakota – A late-blooming defenseman snagged by Los Angeles as a depth pick, LaDue was great as a freshman, grabbing all-conference rookie honors.
40. Teemu Kivihalme, Colorado College – Incoming freshman boasts a crazy set of wheels from the blueline; he’s a Nashville pick.
45. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan – Raw Edmonton project kicks off his college career in Kalamazoo; 
50. Joey LaLeggia, Denver – The skilled offensive blueliner is an Edmonton pick primed to put up big numbers as a senior.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Summer Guide to Blues Prospects: Jordan Schmaltz



Originally posted at the Hockey Writers. I helped Jeff Ponder contribute to an article that he posted a the Hockey Writers about a few  St. Louis Blues prospects. Having covered UND Hockey, Ponder asked me to write something up about Schmaltz.
North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCHC)

Jordan Schmaltz – D

EB: Following the 2013-14 season, the University of North Dakota got some very good news when they learned that sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz was returning for his junior season.

As a junior, Schmaltz will be an older statesman in a relatively young D-Corps. Next season, UND will have only one senior defenseman that regularly plays in the top-six pairings.

Schmaltz scored six goals and 24 points in 41 games, and was the top-scoring defenseman on a D-Corps that ranked first nationally with 2.76 points per game. He played on the first defense pairing with senior captain Dillon Simpson and showed great improvement in his overall game.

Schmaltz is set to play with his brother Nick, who’s slated to be drafted in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft. Jordan is an offensive minded defenseman and that’s smart in his own end and known for his crisp stick-to-stick passes.

NHL ETA: Schmaltz needs a little more seasoning, but should be NHL ready after a couple more seasons.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Links: Time to kick off the summer



Breaking Down UND’s Decommitments: (The Hockey Writers)

NCAA Hockey: Penalize Player Embellishment: (The Hockey Writers)

Nick Schmaltz – The Next Ones: NHL 2014 Draft Prospect Profile: (the Hockey Writers)

NHL’s draft combine to conclude with Saturday’s grueling fitness tests: (Kuklas Korner)

Here's the list of the 119 2014 NHL Combine  Invites: (NHL.COM)

Don Cherry will be on Rogers Net: (the Spin)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UND Hockey: Schmaltz, Gothberg and Parks to return to UND for the 2014-15 season




Some good news for UND... I would imagine that Jordan Schmaltz would like to play with his brother Nick. Nice to see the staring goalie Zane Gothberg return as well. Now, we wait on Rocco Grimaldi's decision.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

UND vs. UW Lines (NCAA Midwest Regional Semi Finals)

UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
28 Stephane Pattyn(A) –19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson21 Brendan O’Donnell –13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair – 22 Andrew Panzarella

North Dakota Defense Pairings
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 25 Mitch MacMillan (Sr F), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
Wisconsin Badgers Forward Lines
17 Nic Kerdiles – 9 Mark Zengerle – 7 Tyler Barnes
15 Morgan Zulinick – 14 Jefferson Dahl – 25 Michael Mersch
21 Grant Besse – 16 Joseph LaBate – 18 Sean Little
26 Brad Navin – 12 Keegan Meuer – 22 Jed Soleway

Wisconsin Badgers Defense Pairings
19 Jake McCabe – 24 Joe Faust
28 Kevin Schulze – 27 Frankie Simonelli
20 Eddie Wittchow – 5 Chase Drake

Badger Goalies
33 Joel Rumple
30 Landon Peterson
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

UND vs. WMU NCHC Third Place game

UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
28 Stephane Pattyn (A) –19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
21 Brendan O'Donnell –13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
25 Mitch MacMillan – 29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair

North Dakota Defense Pairings
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson (C)–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 22 Andrew Panzarella
 (Jr F), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
Western Michigan’s lines
8 Sheldon Dries–29 Will Kessel–28 Sam Mellor
14 Colton Hargrove–16 Nolan LaPorte–27 J.T. Osborn
2 Mike McKee–10 Josh Pitt–17 Justin Kovacs
24 Shane Berschbach–13 Chase Balisy–25 Mike Cichy
Western Michigan defense Pairings
3 Thomas Nitsche–7 Kenney Morrison
9 Chris Dienes–20 Taylor Fleming
15 Jordan Oesterle–11 Dennis Brown

Western Michigan Goalies

1 Frank Slubowski
35 Sam Bloomberg
55 Lukas Hafner
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Miami vs. UND NCHC Frozen Faceoff Semi Final (Lines)

Miami RedHawks athletic logo
Miami RedHawks athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
21 Brendan O’Donnell –19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
28 Stephane Pattyn(A)  –13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair – 22 Andrew Panzarella

North Dakota Defense Pairings
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 25 Mitch MacMillan (Sr F), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
Miami University RedHawks Forward Lines
25 Blake Coleman– 7 Austin Czarnik © – 14 Cody Murphy
25 Anthony Louis – 9 Sean Kuraly –11 Riley Barber
19 Max Cook (A) – 26 Justin Greenberg–12 Alex Gacek
10 Alex Wideman– 22 Kevin Morris – 18 John Doherty

Miami RedHawks Defense Pairings
5 Chris Joyaux – 8 Matthew Caito
4 Matt Joyaux – 28 Paulides
55 Trevor Hamilton–6 Michael Mooney

Miami RedHawk Goalies
35 Ryan McKay
1 Jay Williams
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

C.C. vs. UND game three NCHC Playoffs

UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
21 Brendan O’Donnell –19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
28 Stephane Pattyn (A)–13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair – 22-Andrew Panzarella

North Dakota Defense Pairings
Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 25 Mitch MacMillan (Sr., F), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
Colorado College’s Forward Lines
18 Scott Wamsganz–9 Sam Rothstein–28 Alex Roos
12 Archie Skalbeck–21 Jeff Collett–17 Charlie Taft
16 Alexander Krushelnyski– 10 Cody Bradley–8 Luc Gerdes
19 Michael Morin–15 Christian Heil–26 Zach Aman

Tigers Defense Parings
6 Peter Stoykewych–13 Gustav Olofsson
27 Aaron Harstad–5 Jaccob Slavin
20 Ian Young–7 Eamonn McDermott

Tigers Goalies
39 Josh Thorimbert
29 Courtney Lockwood


On-Ice Officials: Tom Stern (8), Timm Walsh (17). Linesmen: Mike Eslinger (49), Brandon Schmitt (36). 


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

UND vs. C.C. game two NCHC Playoffs

UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
28 Stephane Pattyn (A)–19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
21 Brendan O’Donnell–13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
25 Mitch MacMillan–29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair
North Dakota Defense Pairings
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 22-Andrew Panzarella (Jr., D), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
Colorado College’s Forward Lines
18 Scott Wamsganz–9 Sam Rothstein–28 Alex Roos
12 Archie Skalbeck–21 Jeff Collett–17 Charlie Taft
16 Alexander Krushelnyski– 10 Cody Bradley–8 Luc Gerdes
11 Hunter Fejes–15 Christian Heil–26 Zach Aman

Tigers Defense Parings
6 Peter Stoykewych–13 Gustav Olofsson
27 Aaron Harstad–5 Jaccob Slavin
20 Ian Young–7 Eamonn McDermott

Tigers Goalies
39 Josh Thorimbert
29 Courtney Lockwood


On-Ice Officials: Tom Stern (8), Timm Walsh (17). Linesmen: Mike Eslinger (49), Brandon Schmitt (36). 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

UND Scores Four Unanswered Goals, Take Game One

Grand Forks, ND – Coming into tonight’s game, the Colorado College Tigers were an offensively challenged hockey team, averaging 1.94 goals per game. The Tigers would get a quick start, scoring two goals before the game was eight minutes old.
It was not the start that the University of North Dakota hockey team wanted.
“Giving up a two goal lead at very start of the game is always tough, especially at home,” sophomore forward Drake Caggiula said. “I thought we did a good job battling back in the last six, seven, eight minutes of the first period. Kind of set us up for the second period, there. I think that was mostly just nerves. We have a lot of young guys on the team, first playoff series and stuff like that.  We will definitely be better tomorrow night.”
UND came out flat in the first period, and things weren’t clicking for the the Green and White.  The momentum started to swing in the middle part of the first period. Sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz made a great play on Tigers forward Jeff Collett to stop a breakaway, keeping the score at 2-0.
That play was a defining moment in the game.
“We dug ourselves a hole, the most important part was we found a way to dig ourselves out of that hole,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. “It’s a credit to our guys. We weren’t ready to play at the drop of the puck, but we fought our way back to get it within one goal, even though nothing was coming easy. We build from there in the second period.”
UND didn’t panic and they started chipping away at the Tigers lead. They would get one goal back in the first with a beautiful goal by sophomore forward Drake Caggiula and head into the first intermission, down 2-1.
“The crowd got into it. Every time the crowd gets into we start to get a little more amped up,” Caggiula said. “It would have been terrible to go into the first intermission down 2-0.”
UND’s fortunes would change in the second period. Forwards Michael Parks and Bryn Chyzyk would add two more goals and UND would head to the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.
“It was good to get a puck in the slot and luckily it went in,” Chyzyk said. “I kind of saw the play developing. I knew it was going to the guys skate. I thought he was going to kick it, but he kind of slid through there. It was a gift – kind of – so I took it. It was a nice to see. It was a nice pass from them.”
Brendan O’Donnell pushed the lead to 4-2 with a goal at the 08:08 mark of the third period. UND would hold on and get the win. The Tigers would outshoot UND 6-5 in the third period, but UND was never really in any danger. 
When UND has a lead entering the third period, they usually win. Entering tonight’s game, UND had an impressive 16-1-1 (.917) record when leading after two periods.  You can make that 17-1-1 (.921) with the 4-2 win.
Tomorrow night, the same two teams’ meet again in game two of the best-of-three series. North Dakota (21-11-3) will try and close out Colorado College (6-23-6) and move on to the Frozen Faceoff. Game time is 07:08 p.m. Central.

Interesting facts

UND is 10-0-1 all-time when forward Brendan O’Donnell scores a goal for UND. O’Donnell has scored (13g-17a—30pts) during his career at UND.
Four of UND’s top-ten scorers on the team are defensemen.
UND was the only home team in the NCHC that won tonight.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

North Dakota Lands Three Players on the NCHC All-Conference teams.

NCHC All-Conference First Team
Josh Archibald, Jr., F, Nebraska Omaha
Nic Dowd, Sr., F, St. Cloud State
Austin Czarnik, Jr., F, Miami
Dillon Simpson, Sr., D, North Dakota
Joey LaLeggia, Jr., D, Denver
Sam Brittain, Sr., G, Denver

NCHC All-Conference Second Team
Chase Balisy, Sr., F, Western Michigan
Riley Barber, So., F, Miami
Michael Parks, Jr., F, North Dakota
Jacob Slavin, Fr., D, Colorado College
Jordan Schmaltz, So., D, North Dakota
Ryan Faragher, Jr., G, St. Cloud State

NCHC All-Conference Rookie Team
Jake Guentzel, F, Nebraska Omaha
Alex Iafallo, F, Minnesota Duluth
Trevor Moore, F, Denver
Jaccob Slavin, D, Colorado College
Paul LaDue, D, North Dakota
Charlie Lindgren, G, St. Cloud State
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Friday, February 28, 2014

UND vs. SCSU game one

UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
28 Stephane Pattyn (A)–19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
21 Brendan O’Donnell–13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
25 Mitch MacMillan–29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair
North Dakota Defense Pairings
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 22-Andrew Panzarella (Jr., D), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
SCSU Huskies Forward lines
16 Jimmy Murray–26 Nic Dowd–13 David Morley
10 Ryan Papa–11 Kalle Kossila–22 Jonny Brodzinski
9 Joey Benik–8 Cory Thorson–21 Brooks Bertsch
27 Nick Oliver–37 Joe Rehkamp–6 Daniel Tedesco
SCSU Defense Pairings
15 Niklas Nevalainen–12 Ethan Prow
7 Kevin Gravel–40 Tim Daly
19 Ben Storm–2 Jarrod Rabey

SCSU Goalies

29 Ryan Faragher
35 Charlie Lindgren
33 Joseph Phillippi


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

UND Hockey: Another Circle of Sticks and More Inner Geek

With the sweep against Minnesota Duluth, UND now has five series sweeps for the 2013-14 season. Last year, UND had three series sweeps (Holy Cross, Michigan Tech and Nebraska-Omaha).

That’s definitely an improvement. UND (18-9-3, 13-7-0 NCHC) is tied for first place in the NCHC with Saint Cloud State University. Breaking down UND’s record, they’re 11-5-1 at home and 7-4-2 on the road. With the win last night, UND clinches home ice for the NCHC playoffs. That’s the 12th season in a row that UND has qualified for home ice for the playoffs.

UND is smoking hot right now, they’re currently on a 14-2-1 (.853) run. It all started on November 29, 2013. UND had just lost 5-2 to St. Lawrence University, and owned a subpar 4-7-2 record. It was gloom and doom in the UND Nation.  After a closed door players meeting, UND would win 3-2 on Saturday night and start the current hot streak. After the Saturday night's 3-2 win against SLU, alternate captain Stephane Pattyn explained.

“Yesterday was kind of just an open floor,” Pattyn said. “Everyone talked, and gave their thoughts about what we needed to do. We had some great conversations. We definitely grew up as a team last night, and I think today’s (win) helped, too.”

Since November 30, 2013, UND has been a very good hockey team. Pattyn was right; they’ve grown up as a hockey team. During the current run, UND has scored 61 goals (3.67 GPG), and only given up 35 goals against (2.07 GA). UND has a goal differential of +26 during the hot streak. UND’s last four games have been better. The past two weekends UND has scored an eye popping 21 goals (5.25 GPG) and given up a stingy 6 goals against (1.50 GA). That’s a goal differential of +15. Talk about playing your best hockey at the end of the season.

Who’s Hot for UND

Sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi has scored (2g-5a—7pts) his last three games.

Junior forward Michael Parks is smoking hot, and has scored (7g-10a—17pts) in the last 14 games.

Since his return from injury, junior forward Mark MacMillan has scored (5g-8a—13pts).

Senior defenseman Dillon Simpson (7g-13a—20pts) has scored 14 of his 20 points since November 30, 2013.

Sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz has scored at least a point in seven of the last nine games (2g-6a—8pts).

Sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg is having a great second half. How hot is Gothberg? He’s unbeaten (10-0-1) in his last 11 games. He also owns a 1.66 GAA and a .934 save percentage. Yeah, that’s pretty good.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

UND vs. UMD Game Two

Champ, UMD mascot.
Champ, UMD mascot. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
28 Stephane Pattyn (A)–19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
21 Brendan O’Donnell–13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
25 Mitch MacMillan–29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair
North Dakota Defense Pairings
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 22-Andrew Panzarella (Jr., D), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
Minnesota Duluth’s lines
11 Austin Farley–21 Caleb Herbert–25 Justin Crandall
14 Alex Iafallo–17 Dominic Toninato–26 Adam Krause
8 Kyle Osterberg–13 Tony Cameranesi–19 Max Tardy
23 Austyn Young – 27 Cal Decowsk28 Sammy Spurell

Minnesota Duluth Defense Pairings
4 Carson Soucy–7 Andy Welinski
6 Derik Johnson–15 Willie Raskob
16 Tim Smith–3 Dan Molenaar

Minnesota Duluth Goalies
36 Matt McNeely
1 Aaron Crandall
30 Alex Fons

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