Fighting Hawks hope to avoid complacency this weekend in Denver

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- A win over No. 1 St. Cloud State last Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena certainly improved the confidence for the North Dakota hockey team, but the message this week is simple as the Fighting Hawks get set to take on another top 10 opponent. What you did last weekend has no bearing on what you're about to do this weekend.

"It's a new slate this weekend. You can't look back on the past weekend and what we accomplished," Fighting Hawks freshman forward Mark Senden said. "You've just got to attack every weekend as it's a new weekend. But we've definitely been focused on making sure we bring that fire that we did Saturday."

Freshman defenseman Jonny Tychonick returned to the lineup against SCSU after missing six weeks with an injury.

"I think the main message is don't be complacent. It's one win. We're not on a ten game win streak, we're not on 20, don't be complacent," Tychonick said on the upcoming series. "We did take down the number one team but now we're moving on to a big opponent in Denver."

The Fighting Hawks are now 8-5 this season against ranked opponents.

"We won a game against the top rated team and that's the way we have to play each and every night for a 60 minute period and now that there's no complacency going into the next weekend. So again, turning the page real quickly and knowing that we're going, playing against a good opponent in Denver on the road," Head Coach Brad Berry said.

Denver is 8-1-3 at home this season, with the lone loss coming in overtime.

"We've got to keep up the same discipline, work ethic, energy, and we've got to carry that swagger and confidence into those buildings because it's going to be a challenging place to play," Tychonick added.

The two teams already played once this season. The Fighting Hawks took a 4-1 win December 7 before losing 2-1 in overtime the following night.