The Bulldogs will host No. 2-ranked North Dakota in National Collegiate Hockey Association games at 7:36 p.m. today and 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin on North Dakota: “They’re hard on pucks, they come at you, play a lot of straight lines and get hard to the net. And they get a lot of pucks to the net. It’s a proud program — a program that missed the tournament the last two years. They’ve got a good coaching staff. They’ve got good players. They’re very motivated to change that and you’re seeing that. Their players spend a lot of time in the summer there. They’ve become a really solid team early. They haven’t had the injuries that they had last year, and they’re getting some guys scoring goals which is unlike last year when they didn’t have the puck luck. Right now, they’re firing on all cylinders. If anything, maybe they’ve some goalie issues the last few games, but they’ve got a couple capable goalies with (Adam) Scheel and (Peter) Thome. To me, they’re one of the best teams in the country right now, and I would put Denver there as well.”
Sandelin on Bulldogs senior goalie Hunter Shepard, who will tie an all-time NCAA record by making his 104th consecutive start tonight: “Durability, consistency. He’s earned that right. He grabbed the net two and a half years ago and hasn’t given it up. He’s been a big reason we’ve had success.”
North Dakota coach Brad Berry on the Bulldogs pushback after losing two games at St. Cloud State last weekend: “Any team that gets swept, it doesn’t leave a good taste in your mouth. It always builds a week of urgency in that week of practice leading up to a game. We’ll have a focus knowing its the only two games we’ll play against them this season.”
Bulldogs: 12-8-2 overall, 7-3-2-0 NCHC (second-place)
Fighting Hawks: 18-2-3, 9-1-2-2 NCHC (first-place)
TV: CBS Sports Network (today), Ben Holden, Dave Starman and Shireen Saski commentators; My 9 (Saturday), with Zach Schneider, Judd Medak and Kelly Hinseth commentators
Radio: KDAL (610 AM and 103.9 FM), with Bruce Ciskie handling play-by-play and Kraig Karakas color