UND hopes strong power play carries over to Duluth series

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The University of North Dakota hockey team moved to 5-2-1 in non-conference play after sweeping Alaska Anchorage this past weekend.

The Fighting Hawks went 4-for-8 (50%) on the power play against the Seawolves something they hope they can carry over to a tough opponent back in NCHC play at No. 2 Minnesota Duluth.

"It's quick puck movement. It's having a shot first mentality instead of just holding it, making six or seven passes, it's going to the net," UND Head Coach Brad Berry said Wednesday. "Having a shot-retrieve mentality and I think the biggest thing is just five guys being on the same page. It all starts with simplification and playing fast."

"It's something we put an emphasis on. We kind of struggled the start of the season for it," junior forward Cole Smith said. "I think the big thing with power play is going out there and just playing hard. Sometimes you get a little lax because you've got another guy but teams are really good penalty kills so we've got to go out there and play as hard as we can."

"Now we're playing against a penalty kill that's one of the top in the nation," Berry said of the Bulldogs. "They're ultra-aggressive, and again, we're going to have to make sure that everybody -- all five guys -- are working together to try to have success as far as generating not only a goal but trying to gain momentum off it."

Duluth ranks fourth in the country killing 38-of-43 (88.4%) of the penalties they've taken.

UND on the other hand has converted on 12 of the 58 power play opportunities (20.7%) its had thus far, but six of those conversions have come in the last three games.