Preview: North Dakota at Miami

We’re just a handful of days into November, but there is always a playoff feel to the rink whenever North Dakota comes to town.

Especially with both teams ranked and Miami off to a 7-3 start.

The Fighting Hawks began the season 0-2-1 but have won four straight as they open their NCHC season.

BoB takes a look at the series between NorDak and the RedHawks this weekend.

WHO: No. 11 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (4-2-1) at No. 19 Miami RedHawks (7-3).

WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio (3,642).

WHEN: Friday – 7:35 p.m.; Saturday – 7:05 p.m.

ALL-TIME SERIES: North Dakota leads, 13-6-3.

LAST SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD: Teams both finished 1-1-2. Nov. 10 – North Dakota, 4-1; Nov. 11 – Tie, 3-3; Feb. 23 – Miami, 4-3, OT; Feb. 24 – Tie, 2-2.

NORTH DAKOTA RADIO: Both nights – KQHT-FM (96.1), Grand Forks, N.D.

MIAMI RADIO: Both nights – WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.

NOTES: North Dakota was winless through three games, going 0-1-1 in a home-and-home vs. Bemidji State and losing, 7-4 at home to Minnesota State.

But the rejuvenated Fighting Hawks have won their last four, all against ranked non-conference opponents.

Up front, Nick Jones leads UND in points with six, five of which have come on assists. He has scored three goals in five career games vs. Miami.

Jordan Kawaguchi is second among forwards with five points, all on helpers.

Grant Mismash and Rhett Gardner are both 3-1-4, and Gardner has scored four goals and added two assists against the RedHawks.

Forwards Cole Smith and Collin Adams also have four points.

On defense, Colton Poolman is tied for the team lead with three goals, also earning two assists.

UND has had heavy production from its blue line, as Gabe Bast and Jacob Bernard-Docker are both 2-2-4, Hayden Shaw has four assists and Matt Kiersted has a goal and two helpers.

Peter Thome had a strong 12-game showing in net as a rookie last season, but after a poor game early freshman Adam Scheel has gone 4-1-1 with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

Scheel has keyed the Fighting Sioux’s four-game winning streak, so barring sub-par performance he should play both nights.

UND is third in the NCAA in faceoff percentage at 59.0, with Gardner leading college hockey at 66.2 percent.

This has been a Miami weakness in recent seasons but the RedHawks are tied for 16th in Division I this season with a winning percentage of 53.8.

North Dakota leads the conference in NHL draftees with eight.

Miami’s Gordie Green (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Special teams have been a struggled for the Fighting Hawks, who are 47th in the NCAA in power play percentage (14.3) and tied for 12th-last at 75.0 on the penalty kill.

Miami’s Gordie Green enters this weekend having scored in four straight games with five tallies in that span. His points streak is at five games, and he has 10 points during that streak.

The RedHawks went four straight games without a power play goal earlier this season but have netted at least one marker on the man advantage in five consecutive contests.

Miami is 1-1 in the NCHC, and these will be the first conference contests for North Dakota.

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Posted on November 8, 2018, in 2018-19, preview and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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