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All Eight NCHC Teams Host Games this Weekend

By NCHC Staff, 10/10/13, 8:15PM EDT


Seven squads open regular season Friday, CC hosts exhibition Saturday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After seven NCHC teams unofficially opened the 2013-14 season with exhibitions last weekend, all but Colorado College drops the puck on the regular season Friday. Six NCHC teams host their regular-season opener while No. 2/2 Miami travels to in-state rival Ohio State and No. 18 Western Michigan opens at No. 8/8 Notre Dame, which will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network.

Hosting two-game series this weekend are Minnesota Duluth, which hosts Michigan Tech, Nebraska Omaha, which welcomes Bentley, No. 7/7 North Dakota, which hosts Vermont, No. 9/9 St. Cloud State, which battles in-state foe Bemidji State, and No. 17 Denver, which faces Merrimack at Magness Arena.

All eight NCHC teams will play in front of their home crowd on Saturday, the only day all season when that occurs. Miami returns home to host the Buckeyes while the Broncos return to Kalamazoo to welcome Notre Dame on Saturday night. Colorado College also faces the U.S. U-18 National Team in another exhibition at World Arena.

Miami at/vs. Ohio State Miami Notes
Fri., Oct. 11 | Value City Arena | Columbus, Ohio | 7:05 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 12 | Steve Cady Arena | Oxford, Ohio | 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Live Stream (OSU) | Live Audio (Miami) | Live Stats
Saturday: Live Stream | Live Stats 

  • Freshman goaltender Jay Williams started in net for the RedHawks in Saturday’s 8-2 exhibition win over Windsor, playing the first half of the game and making 10 saves before teammate Ryan McKay came in to play the second half. McKay allowed two goals during his time in goal and made eight saves for the night.
  • Sophomore forward Riley Barber and freshman forward Justin Greenberg each had two goals in the win over Windsor, while juniors forwards Austin Czarnik and Jimmy Mullin each added a pair of assists.
  • Nine different RedHawks scored points in the exhibition game.
  • Miami remains No. 2 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll with 474 points. The RedHawks had 16 of 34 first-place votes.
  • Miami is 8-4-2 all-time in season openers under head coach Enrico Blasi.
  • The RedHawks are 69-61-13 all-time versus Ohio State and are 33-23-7 under Coach Enrico Blasi.

Western Michigan at/vs. Notre Dame | WMU Notes
Fri., Oct. 11 | Compton Family Ice Arena | Notre Dame, Ind. | 8:05 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 12 | Lawson Ice Arena | Kalamazoo, Mich. | 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Live Audio (WMU) | Live Stats
Saturday: Live Stream | Live Stats
National TV: NBC Sports Network (Friday only)

  • Western Michigan opened up the 2013-14 season with a 5-2 exhibition win over Western Ontario last Saturday. WMU improved to 2-0-2 against the Mustangs all-time.
  • Junior forward Will Kessel netted two goals in the exhibition game, after he netted just one goal last season.
  • WMU opens the regular season with a series against Notre Dame. WMU leads the all-time series 41-33-10 and the Broncos are 4-4-4 in their last 12 games against Notre Dame.
  • Senior forward Chase Balisy leads all Broncos with nine points in 12 career games against the Irish on six goals and three assists. Fellow seniors Shane Berschbach and defenseman Dennis Brown each have seven points. Junior goalie Frank Slubowski has a 2.21 goals against average, a .922 save percentage and a 3-2-3 record in eight career games vs. ND.
  • WMU’s last loss at home to Notre Dame was on Feb. 25, 2011. The Broncos are 1-0-3 since then against the Irish.

Minnesota Duluth vs. Michigan Tech | UMD Notes
Fri., Oct. 11 | AMSOIL Arena | Duluth, Minn. | 7:07 p.m. CT
Sat., Oct. 12 | AMSOIL Arena | Duluth, Minn. | 7:07 p.m. CT
Live Stream | Live Stats (both nights)
Local TV: My9 Sports Network

  • UMD will launch its 70th season of hockey with a two-game set against former WCHA rival Michigan Tech. The Bulldogs went unbeaten against the Huskies last year (3-0-1) and have lost just once (5-0 on Jan. 28, 2012) in their last 13 meetings with them (11-1-1).
  • The Bulldogs tuned up for the weekend by throttling Lakehead University, 7-1, on Monday night at AMSOIL Arena. Dominic Toninato, back at AMSOIL Arena since his senior year at Duluth East High School, scored twice while fellow rookie forward Kyle Osterberg had a goal and an assist in the exhibition victory. The Bulldogs broke open a 3-1 game by striking four times in the opening 4:18 of the third period
  • Junior left winger Caleb Herbert will enter the 2013-14 season riding a five-game scoring streak.
  • UMD returns 18 letterwinners from a year ago, including five of its top six scorers and all three of its goaltenders.
  • Defenseman Andy Welinski, a member of the 2012-13 WCHA All-Rookie Team, figured in on three goals (all assists) in UMD’s triumph over Lakehead.

Nebraska Omaha vs. Bentley | UNO Notes
Fri., Oct. 11 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb. | 7:37 p.m. CT
Sat., Oct. 12 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb. | 7:07 p.m. CT
Live Stream | Live Stats (both nights)

  • The Mavericks host Bentley of Atlantic Hockey on Friday and Saturday to open the regular season. They are the first two of six straight non-conference games to open the season. The Mavs are 2-0-0 all-time against Bentley but they haven’t faced the Falcons since December of 2006.
  • Omaha picked up a 6-1 win over NAIT in its exhibition game Oct. 7.
  • Senior forward Johnnie Searfoss had a hat trick while junior forward Dominic Zombo, junior defenseman Brian O’Rourke and freshman forward Justin Parizek had single goals.
  • Senior forwards Ryan Walters and Brock Montpetit and freshman defenseman Matt Youso each had two assists in the exhibition win.
  • The Mavericks are now 16-2-0 in exhibition games against Canadian universities all-time.
  • UNO is 9-5-2 all-time in season openers and has won six straight and is 8-0-1 in its last nine.

North Dakota vs. Vermont | UND Notes
Fri., Oct. 11 | Ralph Engelstad Arena | Grand Forks, N.D. | 7:37 p.m. CT
Sat., Oct. 12 | Ralph Engelstad Arena | Grand Forks, N.D. | 7:07 p.m. CT
Live Stream | Live Stats (both nights)
Regional TV: Midco Sports Network

  • North Dakota is 41-18-7 (.674) all-time in season openers. UND skated to a 5-0 win over Alaska Anchorage to open the 2012-13 season. UND has lost just three of its last 17 season openers (11-3-3). UND has won 10 straight home openers, with the last loss coming in 2001-02 in the first game played in the new Ralph Engelstad Arena.
  • UND made its 2013-14 debut Sunday night with a 3-0 exhibition win over the University of Manitoba. Forwards Michael Parks (Jr.), Drake Caggiula (So.) and Luke Johnson (Fr.) provided the goals, with Parks and Caggiula striking 75 seconds apart midway through the first period. Johnson’s goal came shorthanded and unassisted. Goalies Clarke Saunders (Sr.) and Zane Gothberg (So.) combined for a 17-save shutout. 
  • North Dakota officially opens the 2013-14 season on Homecoming weekend with a non-conference series against the University of Vermont. It is the regular season opener for both teams.
  • UND won the only two previous meetings between the two schools, both of which came on neutral ice. UND defeated the Catamounts 7-5 at the Yale Invitational on Jan. 2, 1981, and 8-0 at the New Hampshire Classic on Nov. 27, 1999.

St. Cloud State vs. Bemidji State | SCSU Notes
Fri., Oct. 11 | Herb Brooks National Hockey Center | St. Cloud, Minn. | 7:37 p.m. CT
Sat., Oct. 12 | Herb Brooks National Hockey Center | St. Cloud, Minn. | 7:07 p.m. CT
Live Stream | Live Stats (both nights)

  • Seniors Nic Dowd and Kevin Gravel will serve as team captains for the Huskies this season, while junior Nick Oliver was serve as an alternate captain for the Huskies in 2013-14.
  • Senior forward Nic Dowd is the team’s top returning point producer. He ranked second on the team with 39 points (14g/25a) last year. Dowd also tied a team record last year with five game winning goals.
  • Sophomore forward Jonny Brodzinski led all DI rookies last year with 22 goals. He also paced the Huskies with an impressive +28 rating.
  • The Huskies are coming off a WCHA regular-season title after going 18-9-1 in league play last season. SCSU also made its first trip to the Frozen Four in 2013.
  • The games vs. Bemidji State mark the first games played in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center since the completion of the first phase of a major renovation project on the facility. The building was renamed the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in April 2013 as a tribute to the late Herb Brooks, who played a significant role in helping SCSU make its move to the NCAA Division I level back in 1987-88.


Denver vs. Merrimack | DU Notes
Fri., Oct. 11 | Magness Arena | Denver, Colo. | 7:37 p.m. MT
Sat., Oct. 12 | Magness Arena | Denver, Colo. | 7:07 p.m. MT
Live Stream | Live Stats (both nights)

  • The Pioneers dropped a 2-1 decision vs. the University of New Brunswick in its only preseason tune up on Sunday night at Magness Arena.
  • Junior Daniel Doremus scored the Pioneers’ lone goal vs. New Brunswick with a shorthanded tally in the second period to make the final score 2-1. Denver outshot New Brunswick 38-21 for the game, however, including a 19-4 margin in the third period.
  • Friday’s night’s game vs. Merrimack marks the official debut for new Denver head coach Jim Montgomery, who takes over the reins after guiding the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) to a pair of league championships during his three season as coach and general manager.
  • Denver enters the 2013-14 regular season with 10 freshmen on the roster and just a pair of seniors.
  • Denver and Merrimack will be playing each other for the first time in its program’s history when they battle this weekend.

Colorado College vs. U.S. U-18 National Team (exhib.) | CC Notes
Sat., Oct. 12 | World Arena | Colorado Springs, Colo. | 7:07 p.m. MT
Live Stream | Live Stats

  • Saturday’s exhibition marks CC’s 350th all-time contest at the World Arena, where the Tigers now own a record of 232-99-18 (.691). That includes an 18-2-1 mark (.881) in 21 exhibition games overall.
  • Saturday’s 5-0 exhibition victory over the University of New Brunswick gave the Tigers a 12-1-1 record in 14 all-time exhibition games against Canadian opponents at the Colorado Springs World Arena since opening the facility in January 1998. Three of the wins have been shutouts as they previously blanked the University of Alberta, 1-0, in 2001, and the University of British Columbia, 3-0, in 2003.
  • While senior left wing Alexander Krushelnsyki fueled the most recent triumph Saturday with a natural hat trick in the third period, three Colorado College freshmen combined for six points. Leading the group was forward Sam Rothstein, who set up all three of Krushelnyski’s tallies within a span of 3:39. Forward Alex Roos scored CC’s first goal and assisted on the final one, while rookie defenseman Jaccob Slavin also picked up an assist. 
  • Forward Zach Aman, who is recovering from a preseason injury, was the only one among nine freshmen on Colorado College’s 2013-14 roster who did not see action on Saturday. The list of newcomers playing included goaltender Tyler Marble, who stopped all 12 UNB shots he faced in the second period. 
  • Of CC’s 34 official regular-season games this season, all but two (at Clarkson) are against teams who are ranked or at least received votes in the preseason national poll published by U.S. College Hockey Online.

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