Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 3/16/12
Image via Wikipedia The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux play the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the semi-finals of the Red Baron WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center.

Game Time: 7:07 pm Friday.

Television: FOX Sports North, DirecTV 668.

Radio: The games can be heard at 96.1 the Fox.

Internet: WCHA.COM

Records and Rankings: 

The UND Fighting Sioux (23-12-3) UND is ranked 12th in the USCHO and 12th in the USA Today Poll. The Fighting Sioux beat the Saint Cloud State Huskies (4-1) in the quarter finals of the Red Baron WCHA Final Five.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (26-12-1); is ranked 4th in the latest USCHO poll and 4th in the USA Today Poll. Minnesota swept the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in the first round of the WCHA playoffs (2-1 W, 7-3 W).

Series History:  The Minnesota Golden Gophers have compiled a 143-129-14 record against the  North Dakota Fighting Sioux in 286 games. The Gophers won the 2011-12 regular season series by winning three out of four games.

 Players to Watch: 

For UND: Forwards: Danny Kristo (18-24a—42pts), Corbin Knight (14g-22a—36pts) and Brock Nelson (25g-17a—42pts). Defense: Nick Mattson (6g-12a—18pts), Dillon Simpson, (2g-15a—17pts), Ben Blood (3g-16a—19pts).  Goaltenders: Aaron Dell .899 save percentage and a  2.73 goals against average. Brad Eidsness .920 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average.

UND Injuries: Taylor Dickin is out (lower body injury), forward Rocco Grimaldi is out (season knee surgery), Brendan O’Donnell is out (season ending surgery), Derek Rodwell is out (season shoulder surgery).

For the Gophers: Forwards: Erik Haula (19g-25a—44pts) Kyle Rau (16g-20a—36pts), Nick Bjugstad 24g-16a—40pts), Zach Budish (11g-19a—30pts). Defense: Nate Schmidt (3g-33a—36pts), Mark Alt (5g-17a—22pts). Goalie: Kent Patterson .914 save percentage and a 2.12 goals against average.

Related articles
  • Sioux grind out 4-1 win against Huskies (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
  • WCHA Power Rankings: March 8, 2012 (insidehockey.com)
  • Goon's WCHA Power Rankings 3/04/2012 (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
  • UND vs. SCSU game notes (ndgoon.blogspot.com)

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