GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Despite reports of vomiting players throughout the week in Grand Forks, it appears all or a significant portion of UND's roster is healthy enough to play hockey in this series opener against UMD.
For the first time in a while, the teams will actually play a four-game season series. It's the first time in four years that the teams are scheduled to play two-game series both in Grand Forks and in Duluth.
(In 2010-11, they met in Grand Forks, but the only meeting in Duluth was a non-conference game to open Amsoil Arena that we otherwise won't discuss. In 2011-12, their only meeting was a split in Duluth. Last year, the teams played two here, with North Dakota getting a win and a tie.)
For such longtime rivals, the move to the NCHC is already paying off. I'd much rather come here annually than go to -- no disrespect intended -- Bemidji, where the games and atmosphere isn't nearly as enjoyable.
Farley - Cameranesi - Krause
Iafallo - Toninato - Basaraba
Osterberg - Herbert - Crandall (Justin)
Sampair - Decowski - Tardy
Soucy - Welinski
Smith - Raskob
Corrin - Johnson
Crandall (Aaron) - McNeely
Chyzyk - Caggiula - Grimaldi
MacMillan (Mark) - Johnson - Parks
Pattyn - Gaarder - Rodwell
MacMillan (Mitch) - Tambellini - Murphy
Simpson - Schmaltz
Mattson - LaDue
Stecher - Panzarella
Saunders - Gothberg