Thursday, the University of North Dakota takes on the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA Frozen Four Semifinals. The winning team advances to the final game. Loser goes home.
All-time, UND leads the series against Boston University 12-9-2 (.565). In Grand Forks, UND leads the series against the Terriers 6-1-1 (.813). In Boston, UND trails in the series 4-7-1 (.375). At neutral sites, UND leads the series 2-1-0 (.667). Under head coach Dave Hakstol: UND trails 2-3-1 (.417) Last 10 in the series tied 4-4-2 (.500). In the NCAA Tournament, UND leads the series 3-2-0 (.600). This season, N/A. In series against teams with canine names, UND leads (5-3-0, .625).
Tale of the tape
#1 North Dakota (29-9-3) vs. #2 Boston University (27-7-5)
NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal: April 9, 2015
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: TD North Garden, Boston, MA
Last time out: BU beat UMD (3-2 W)
Last time out: UND beat SCSU (4-1 W)
BU Offense: 2nd nationally
BU Defense: 12th nationally
BU Scoring Margin: 1.59 3rd nationally
BU Penalty Minutes 11.6 per game 25th nationally
BU Corsi# 54.9
BU NCAA Title: 5 (2009, 1995, 1978, 1972, 1971)
BU last 10 games: 8-2-0 (.800)
BU PWR 3rd
UND Offense: 10th nationally
UND Defense: 8th nationally
UND Scoring Margin 1.12 5th nationally
Penalty Minutes 13.5 12th nationally
UND Corsi# 51.7
UND NCAA Titles 7 (2000, 1997, 1987, 1982, 1980, 1963, 1959)
UND PWR: 1st UND last 10 games: 7-3-0 (.700)
TV: ESPN2, DirecTV 209, DISH Network 142, TSN
Live Streaming: ESPN3, WatchESPN, TSNGO
North Dakota: – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (18g-18a—36pts), Michael Parks (12g-20a—32pts), Nick Schmaltz (5g-21a—26pts), Luke Johnson (10g-13a—23pts), Brendan O’Donnell (13g-7a—20pts), Connor Gaarder (9g-10a—19pts). Defense: Jordan Schmaltz (4g-23a—27pts), Paul LaDue (5g-17a—22pts), Nick Mattson (4g-16a—20pts), Tucker Poolman (8g-9a—17pts), Troy Stecher (2g-12a—12pts), Keaton Thompson (3g-8a—11pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (29-9-3, 2.00 GAA, .931 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 5.54 GAA, .765SV%).
UND Injuries: Mark MacMillan (16g-9a—25pts) out for the season lower-body injury
Boston University: Forwards: Jack Eichel (24g-43g—67pts), Evan Rodrigues (21g-40a—61pts), Danny O’Regan (22g-26a—48pts), Cason Hohmann (10g-18a—28pts), Matt Lane (8g-10a—18pts). Defense: Matt Grzelcyk (10g-27a—37pts), Ahti Oksanen (24g-11a—35pts), Brandon Fortunato (1g-17a—18pts). Goalies: Matt O’Connor (24-3-4, 2.10 GAA, .928 SV%), Conno LaCouvee (3-4-1, 2.58, .913 SV%).
Boston University – The Terriers power play is ranked 2nd in the nation (40/156 25.6%). The Terriers penalty kill is ranked 28th in the nation (133/160, 83.1).
North Dakota – UND’s power play is ranked 18th in the nation (32/163, 19.6). UND’s penalty kill is ranked 24th in the nation (140/166 84.8).
Will Hakstol’s team finally get over the top?
UND head coach Dave Hakstol has coached the UND hockey team for 11 season. During his 11-year stint, UND has never missed the conference championship (WCHA and NCHC) or the NCAA playoffs. During that time, his team have compiled a 289-141-43 (.656) record.
In the NCAA tourney, Hakstol has a 17-10 record and his teams have qualified for the Frozen Four in seven of his 11 seasons. By most people’s standards, that’s an impressive run.
Hakstol’s only fault, his team’s have a 1-6 record in the Frozen Four. This subject has garnered a fair amount of discussion among UND fans. Will this be the year Hakstol’s team finally gets over the top? Stay tuned.