ROAD WARRIORS: For the second straight weekend, the NCHC features a full slate of conference play with four series on the docket. Last weekend, road teams went 5-2-1 in conference play, taking 17 of a possible 24 points. On the season, road teams are now 6-5-3 in conference play and have won all three 3-on-3 overtimes (1)/shootouts (2).
POLL POSITIONS: Five NCHC teams remain ranked in the USCHO.com Poll for the second straight week. The five ranked teams in the poll tie with Hockey East for the most from one conference. Three NCHC teams are ranked, all in the top 10, in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll:
MOVEMBER MADNESS: For the sixth straight season, NCHC officials have organized a team to raise funds for Movember. In addition to sprouting lip sweaters to raise awareness, the officials are holding silent auctions this weekend to raise money with one auction at the Denver game on Friday and the other at the North Dakota game on Saturday. For more, visit their Movember team page at moteam.co/nchc-officials.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING: No. 5/6 North Dakota heads into its series with St. Cloud State riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), which is the longest active unbeaten streak in the country (Cornell is second at 6-0-0). UND is also perfect at home this season, going 7-0-0 and outscoring its opponents a combined 34-9. In all games, North Dakota ranks in the top five nationally in both offense (4.00 gpg/4th in NCAA) and defense (1.55 gapg/3rd in NCAA), one of three teams to do so (Cornell and Harvard). UND is also allowing the fewest shots on goal per game in the NCAA this season at 20.45, while the Fighting Hawks 94.9 percent penalty kill is second nationally (37-of-39).
THE STARS ALIGNED: For the third straight week, an NCHC player was named an NCAA Star of the Week as North Dakota sophomore goaltender Adam Scheel nabbed Second Star on Tuesday after allowing only two goals, going 1-0-1 and compiling a .966 save percentage at Denver last weekend. Scheel’s teammate, junior forward Jordan Kawaguchi, was Third Star two weeks ago (Nov. 12), while Western Michigan junior forward Paul Washe was Second Star on Nov. 5.
SCORIN’ SCOTTY: Minnesota Duluth junior defenseman Scott Perunovich, the two-time NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year, ranks second nationally among defensemen with 13 points this season, while his 11 assists tie for the NCAA lead among blue liners and lead all NCHC skaters. He enters UMD’s series with Colorado College riding a four-game point streak with seven assists during that span.
GETTING TRICKY: After no NCHC player recorded a hat trick over the first five weekends of the season, it’s now happened in back-to-back weekends. Omaha junior forward Kevin Conley recorded his first career hat trick last Saturday at Western Michigan. The Saturday prior, WMU sophomore forward Rhett Kingston notched his first career hat trick at Ferris State. Combined, the two have scored a total of eight goals this season, with six coming in their two hat tricks.
ALL HE DOES IS SCORE GAME-WINNERS: Omaha freshman forward Joey Abate has scored four goals on the season, tying for ninth nationally among rookies, with all four goals serving as game-winners (Omaha has six wins all season). He leads the entire country by himself with his four game-winning goals. Abate’s entire freshman class at Omaha is performing well too, as the Mavericks are averaging 3.10 points per game from rookies, which ties for fourth in the NCAA.
IN SEARCH OF 100: No active NCHC players have 100 career points, but two are closing in on the century mark. Miami senior forward and captain Gordie Green and Western Michigan senior forward and captain Hugh McGing each have 91 career points to their names, tying for the active career scoring lead in the NCHC. Green has 38 goals and 53 assists in 122 career games, while McGing has 35 goals and 56 assists in 123 career games.
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