Image via WikipediaLol… I was wondering if Roman Augustoviz was trying to create some bulletin board material to fire up the Golden Gophers. Having been to numerous Wednesday press conferences and post game conferences, this is not an uncommon response for Coach Hakstol. In my opinion coach Hakstol is more concerned about his teams mental and physical make up then some meaningless poll ranking.
“We are finding ways to win games any way we can,” said UND coach Dave Hakstol, who needs two victories to reach 200. A sweep of the Gophers this weekend at the Ralph would get him to that milestone.
North Dakota is 8-2-1 since being swept by the Gophers in early November.
Asked if the No. 5-rated Gophers are for real this week, Hakstol said, “I an not really worried about them. I care about the guys in our locker room and the steps they are taking. We will be ready to play Friday.”
UND is coming off a 3-1 victory over Clarkson on Saturday in Winnipeg, Canada. Forward Carter Rowney had two goals in that game. He has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games since they played at Mariucci.
Also hot for North Dakota is defenseman Dillon Simpson with 10 assists in 10 games.
* One of the key players hurt is first-line wing Corban Knight, who suffered a lower-body injury three games ago. He has missed the past two games.
Actually UND is 9-3-1 since they were swept by the Gophers, Minnesota on the other hand is 6-6-1 since the UND series.
- WCHA Power Rankings – January 8 (insidehockey.com)