This weekend, the University of North Dakota travels to Mankato, Minnesota to play the Minnesota State Mavericks in the final WCHA series “ever” between the two teams at the Verizon Wireless Center March 8-9, 2013. This is also, the last series of the regular season.
Matchup: North Dakota (18-9-7, 13-6-7 WCHA) #5 versus #10 Minnesota State Mavericks (21-10-3, 15-10-1 WCHA).
Dates: March 8-9, 2013
Times: March 8: 7:37 p.m. (CT); March 9: 7:07 p.m. (CT)
Radio: UND 96.1 (KQHT-FM) – The Fox.
TV: *None in North Dakota* (Locally only): Charter 226/826 HD (both nights) Comcast (Saturday only)
Series History: All-Time: UND leads the series, 37-10-7 (.750). UND leads the series 23-6-3 (.766), in Grand Forks, North Dakota. UND leads the series 14-4-4 (.727), in Mankato, Minnesota. North Dakota and Minnesota State have never played on a neutral ice. Series the last 10 games; UND Leads 9-1-0 (.900).
Players to Watch:
North Dakota: Forwards: Corbin Knight (14g-30a—44pts), Danny Kristo (20g-24a—44pts), Rocco Grimaldi (12g-17a—29pts), Mark MacMillan (12g-12a—24pts), Carter Rowney (8g-14a—22pts), Drake Caggiula (6g-8a—14pts). Defense: Dillon Simpson (3g-17a—20pts), Derek Forbort (4g-9a—13pts), Joe Gleason (5g-11a—16pts) Jordan Schmaltz (3g-9a—12pts) Andrew MacWilliam (1g-9a—10pts). Goaltenders: Clarke Saunders 12-6-4, 2.30 GAA, .915 save percentage, Zane Gothberg 6-3-3, 2.53 GAA, .914 save percentage.
Minnesota State Mavericks: Forwards Matt Leitner (15g-25a—40pts), Eriah Hayes (18g-13a—31pts), Jean-Paul Lafontaine (8g-20a—28pts), Zach Lehrke (8g-15—23pts), Defense: Zach Palmquist (5g-16a—21pts) Josh Nelson (5g-8a—13pts), Brett Stern (2g-6a—8pts). Goalies: Stephon Williams 18-8-2, 1.82 GAA, .930 save percentage, Phil Cook 3-2-1, 3.49 GAA, .879 save percentage.