UND to see familar faces, unfamiliar opponentGRAND FORKS — Joe Gleason isn’t surprised when he runs into former high school teammates during his college hockey season.
By: Brad Schlossman , Forum Communications Co.
Harvard at UND
UND and Harvard 2-game nonconference series at 6:37 p.m. today.
TV: Consolidated Channel
GRAND FORKS — Joe Gleason isn’t surprised when he runs into former high school teammates during his college hockey season.
The 2007-08 Edina (Minn.) Hornets team that he captained to the state finals sent eight players to NCAA Division I hockey and they line four different conferences.
This weekend, half of them will be playing in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Gleason and UND freshman forward Connor Gaarder will be going against Harvard forward Marshall Everson and defenseman Max Everson when the two teams play a two-game series beginning at 6:37 tonight.
“A lot of former cake-eaters are going to be on the ice,” Gleason joked.
That Hornets team, which also featured Minnesota forward Zach Budish, Notre Dame forward Anders Lee, Holy Cross defenseman Brendan Baker and Colorado College recruit Charlie Taft, went 28-3 and lost 3-0 in the state championship to Hill-Murray.
Marshall Everson is the second-leading goal scorer for the Crimson with four goals and seven points in 10 games. Max Everson, a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, has played defense in all 10 games, but doesn’t have any points.
Crimson junior forward Luke Greiner (two goals, six points) also teamed with UND alternate captain Ben Blood on the 2006-07 Shattuck-St. Mary’s team, so there is a bit of familiarity between the squads, even though Brad Eidsness was the only player in the lineup the last time these squads met in December 2008.
“I think Harvard, in a lot of ways, will be like the Russian game,” Gleason said, “where we’re really worried about ourselves. We do have some tape on them, but our main focus is going to be our game first.”
UND coach Dave Hakstol said that Harvard’s 4-3-3 record may be a little bit misleading because the Crimson have lost just one time in the last seven games.
“Teddy Donato coaches them very well,” Hakstol said. “If you look at their performance in the last five or six games, they’ve been very successful. They have a big, veteran team up front. They are a little younger on the back end and in goal, but if you evaluate them overall, they are a very good, solid team.”
UND’s preparation for Harvard has been a little different this week. Because the second semester has not started, the team skated in the morning instead of afternoons, which is the usual routine.
“Guys joke around that it’s a lot like the pro life,” Gleason said. “We don’t have school, we practice in the morning, we don’t have anything to worry about … it’s a lot of fun. But it’s also a work week. We’ve got to get out of break-mode and get ready to go.”
Schlossman is a sports reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.