After sweeping a weekend series in Alaska with the UAA Seawolves last weekend, it is finally nut cutting time. Historically, the series between the What Should We Call Thems? and the Golden Gophers has been physical and judging by the last ten games, offensive (in more ways than one). North Dakota. Minnesota. Inside the numbers rolls on below.
3: In the two games that have been tied of the last ten between UND and Minnesota, each team has scored three goals in each game. One of those games happened at Ralph Engelstad Arena on 10/17/2009 while the other 3-3 tie occurred at Mariucci Arena on 1/15/2010.
2: The number of shutouts in the last ten games for this series. One happened at Engelstad on 10/16/2009 (4-0 UND) while the other also occurred in Grand Forks (UND 6-0). The closest either team has come to a shutout at Mariucci Arena is the Minnesota 5-1 win from 1/16/2010.
15: The current Golden Gopher roster has a combined fifteen points against North Dakota, and three players lead the way each with three points. Who are those players? They are: Jake Hansen, Zach Budish, and Nico Sacchetti.
10: Minnesota has ten more penalty kills on eight more chances than does North Dakota. Minnesota is 35-40 on the PK while North Dakota is 25-32. The percentages are .875 to .781.
39: Each school has had thirty-nine power play chances coming into the series this weekend, with Minnesota out-converting North Dakota only 14-8. Expect the power play to be one of the big factors in determining the outcome of each game.
76: No, that’s not the number of trombones in the U of M band. That’s the number of home victories Minnesota has with North Dakota. The series mark in Minneapolis is 76-52-6 to the Golden Gophers.
11/4/87: That’s the date that the Golden Gopher Hockey Examiner was born. The last time Minnesota played on my actual and legitimate birthday would be November 4th, 2007 versus Denver.
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Until next time, I’ll see you at the rink!