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G.F. Red River sweeps West Fargo Sheyenne in dominant fashion, 3-0.
Sticking with UND hockey, one player on the team received big time preseason accolades. Shane Gersich was named to the Preseason All-NCHC Team. Last season, Gersich played in 40 games and led the team in points with 37 points on 16 assists and 21 goals.
Just as we were getting into the swing of football season here in Grand Forks.. why not add hockey to the mix? That's right, the UND men's hockey season is just 11 days away from their opening season exhibition game against Manitoba at the Ralph. And the NCHC just announced today the preseason poll picked by the media. UND may have finished fourth at the end of last season with a 11-12-1 conference record.. but they go the next step up and are ranked number three as they approach this season.
The Fighting Hawks have a record of 15-2 as they cruise into Big Sky play. This week the team will travel to take on Southern Utah who UND beat on the road in five sets in 2015 and Northern Colorado where UND hasn't won a set in four years. These matches certainly won't ease the Fighting Hawks into conference play but the team knows, the conference is their ticket to get into the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season.
South Dakota defeated Bowling Green 35-27 last Saturday and this weekend will mark the teams home opener. Even better, with UND ranked No. 10 and USD ranked No. 23, this marks the only FCS top-25 matchup on this week's schedule. The Fighting Hawks know they need to keep their eye on the prize going into this hostile Dakota Dome on Saturday.
DGF was leading Thief River Falls, 20-0 after the first. Hawley defeated Crookston, 52-14. Roseau fell to Breckenridge, 48-13. EGF rolled over Park Rapids, it was 26-0 in the 4th. Red Lake County defeats Polk County West, 22-12.
G.F. Central defeated Fargo North, 4-1.
G.F. Red River defeated Shanley, 6-3. G.F. Central defeated unbeaten, Fargo South, 6-3.
Now over to the Red River side of things where the Roughriders want to make it 10 straight wins over their crosstown rival. The Roughriders won last year's meeting 30-6. Red River is looking for their first win of the season and want to keep the Cushman Classic trophy in their territory. This is a game that's bigger than football. It's something that is a community event in Grand Forks.
And believe it or not, we are only one day away from the Cushman Classic! Central and Red River will meet up at Cushman Field at 7pm tomorrow night. The Knights go into a game with a 1-2 record this season and are looking to take down their rival for the first time in nearly 10 years. Although the Roughriders are going into the game being 0-3, Central knows, records don't mean anything in a game like this.