By John Lachmann
WHO: Miami RedHawks (10-13-3) at North Dakota ?????s (14-9-3).
WHERE: Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.
WHEN: Friday—8:30 p.m. Saturday—8:07 p.m.
TV: Friday—CBS Sports Network (DirecTV. Ch. 221, Dish Network Ch. 152). Saturday—None.
MIAMI RADIO: None.
WESTERN MICHIGAN RADIO: Both nights—KQHT-FM (96.1), Grand Forks, N.D.
NOTES: These teams have gone in opposite directions since their split in Oxford in mid-October. Miami is 7-12-3 since that weekend, North Dakota is sporting an 11-3-1 record in its last 15 games.
Florida Panthers second-round pick Rocco Grimaldi leads North Dakota with 22 points on 10 goals and 12 assists.
Not surpringly, Michael Parks in second on the team in points. He carved the RedHawks up for four points in Oxford and has 21 on the season.
Three other UND players have at least 15 points – Dillon Simpson (5-11-16), Drake Caggiula (7-8-15) and Jordan Schmaltz (3-12-15).
The better of North Dakota’s goalies, sophomore Zane Gothberg, is out indefinitely with a lower body injury. UND has allowed 11 goals in four games with senior Clark Saunders between the pipes.
Miami is 1-6-1 in its last eight and is in serious jeopardy of having its eight-year NCAA Tournament streak broken, but junior forward Blake Coleman announced on Twitter he made the flight to North Dakota, meaning he’ll likely play this weekend.
That would be a major boost for the RedHawks’ offense.
Miami’s win against UND earlier this season was only victory in school history. North Dakota is 3-1-1 all-time vs. the RedHawks.