Feb. 26, 2009

Courtesy of North Dakota

This Week: Eighth-ranked North Dakota hosts No. 13 Colorado College this weekend in UND’s final home series of the regular season.

The Sioux enter the series tied with Denver atop the WCHA standings and can clinch the MacNaughton Cup outright this weekend if UND gains at least three points and Denver is swept by St. Cloud State.

UND can clinch at least a share of the league title with a sweep and no more than two DU points against the Huskies.

Media Information: All Fighting Sioux men’s hockey games - home and away - can be heard on 96.1 FM (The Fox) and on stations across the Fighting Sioux Hockey Network, with veteran broadcaster Tim Hennessy calling the action.

Video webcasts of this weekend’s games can be purchased at www.fightingsioux.com, where FREE live stats and FREE audio are also available.

This weekend’s games will also be televised on the Fighting Sioux Sports Network, with Pat Sweeney providing play-by-play.

Senior Day: Sunday afternoon will also mark the final regular season home game for UND’s eight seniors: Ryan Duncan (Calgary, Alberta), Joe Finley (Edina, Minn.), Zach Jones (Lisle, Ill.), Andrew Kozek (Sicamous, British Columbia), Ryan Martens (Selkirk, Manitoba), Brad Miller (Alpharetta, Ga.), Aaron Walski (Fargo, N.D.) and Matt Watkins (Ayelsbury, Saskatchewan).

The group enters the weekend with a four-year record of 101-52-13 (.648) and three NCAA Frozen Four appearances.

Quest For the Cup: If the Sioux are able to clinch the MacNaughton Cup this weekend, it would be UND’s first WCHA regular season championship since 2003-04 and its first under fifth-year head coach Dave Hakstol.

UND has finished progressively higher in the WCHA standings each year under Hakstol, placing fifth in his first season in 2004-05, fourth in 2005-06, third in 2006-07 and second last season.

About CC: The 13th-ranked Tigers swept Minnesota last weekend, 4-3 and 5-3, to remain in the hunt for the MacNaughton Cup. CC enters the week in third place in the WCHA with 29 points, four behind UND and DU ... The sweep was CC’s first since Oct. 17-18 against Michigan Tech ... The Tigers, who have not been swept this season, are unbeaten (3-0-2) in February ... Twenty-two of CC’s 33 games this season have either been decided by one goal or ended in ties ... The Tigers’ eight ties are a team record ... CC has given up at least one power-play goal in 11 straight games.

CC Coaching Staff: Scott Owens (CC ‘79) is in his 10th year as Tiger head coach and is 239-130-33 (.636).

He is assisted by Joe Bonnett (Western Michigan ‘93), Mike Guentzel (Minnesota ‘85) and R.J. Enga (CC ‘95).

The All-Time Series: UND holds a 130-75-9 (.629) edge in the all-time series with the Tigers, including a 78-19-5 (.789) record in Grand Forks.

The two teams met earlier this season in Colorado College, with the Sioux beating the then-top-ranked Tigers 3-1 on Friday. CC rebounded with a 7-4 win in the rematch.