FRIDAY, DEC. 6
SATURDAY, DEC. 7
*NCHC conference game
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: While six NCHC teams return to conference play this weekend, Colorado College and No. 4/4 Denver travel to face non-conference foes. On the season, NCHC teams have combined to go 33-20-9 in non-conference play this season, with the .605 winning percentage tops among the six Division I men’s hockey conferences. The NCHC has posted the best combined non-conference winning percentage in four of the last five seasons, including last year at .659. CC faces Princeton of ECAC Hockey, with NCHC teams 1-1-2 against ECAC teams this season (Princeton went 1-0-1 at St. Cloud State). DU battles Arizona State in the desert, the first NCHC team to face ASU this year. (page 9 of PDF release)
POLL POSITIONS: Five NCHC teams remain ranked in the USCHO.com Poll for the fourth straight week. The five ranked teams in the poll tie with Hockey East for the most from one conference. Three NCHC teams remain in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll, including two in the top five. (page 9 of PDF release)
WE’RE GOING STREAKING: No. 3/3 North Dakota heads into its series at No. 17 Western Michigan riding an 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1), which is the longest active unbeaten streak in the country, while its five-game win streak is tied for the fourth-longest active win streak. North Dakota ranks in the top five nationally in both offense (4.13 gpg/4th in NCAA) and defense (1.67 gapg/3rd in NCAA) on the season. (page 28 of PDF of release)
SHOT SHOW: UND is allowing the fewest shots on goal per game in the NCAA this season at 20.13, while its opponent this weekend, Western Michigan, is firing 33.43 shots on goal per game, which is fifth nationally. Three NCHC teams are in the top six in the NCAA in shots on goal per game, with Denver fourth (34.57) and Minnesota Duluth sixth (32.71).
CENTURY CLUB ACCESS: No active NCHC players have 100 career points, but two are closing in on the century mark. Miami senior forward and captain Gordie Green has 96 career points, while Western Michigan senior forward and captain Hugh McGing has 93, with Green the active career scoring leader in the NCHC. Green has 41 goals and 55 assists in 126 career games, while McGing has 35 goals and 58 assists in 125 games.
ALL THEY DO IS (SCORE TO) WIN: Three players have scored an NCAA-best four game-winning goals this season and two reside in the NCHC in North Dakota junior forward Jordan Kawaguchi and Omaha freshman forward Joey Abate. All four of Kawaguchi’s game-winners came in November, including his last three games. Abate has four goals all season, with all four serving as game-winners (in six UNO wins). (page 27 of PDF release)
SCORIN’ SCOTTY: Minnesota Duluth junior defenseman Scott Perunovich, the two-time NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year, ranks second among all NCAA defensemen with 20 points this season (Boston University’s David Farrance has 21), but his 1.43 points per game are tops among all NCAA blue liners. Perunovich’s 18 assists and 1.29 assists per game both rank second nationally among all skaters. (page 26-27 of PDF release)
KAWA-BUNGA: North Dakota junior forward Jordan Kawaguchi, the NCHC Player of the Month and a strong candidate for National Player of the Month, enters their series at Western Michigan riding a four-game point streak (4g, 4a) as part of a 16-point November. He is tied for third nationally and leads the NCHC with 22 points (7g, 15a) this season, while his +16 plus/minus is second nationally behind only UND classmate Collin Adams (+17). (page 26 of PDF release)
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