Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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The UND men's hockey team played its 24th game of the season Saturday night in a 2-2 tie with Bemidji State at Ralph Engelstad Arena. And for the 24th consecutive time, Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry had to use a different lineup. On Saturday, it was forwards Trevor Olson and Rhett Gardner and defenseman Andrew Peski missing action with injuries. Berry admitted it's a little frustrating. He's used more than 40 different forward groupings and at least 10 different defensive pairings.
BEMIDJI—UND players filed out of the locker room at Sanford Center on Friday night after a 5-1 win over Bemidji State. As Trevor Olson made his way into the hallway, teammates gathered around to see the battle scars. Olson, a senior assistant captain from Duluth, scored an empty-net goal for his first of the season, but it was his play in the defensive zone that sparked the Fighting Hawks in the series opener. Olson had a team-high three of UND's 15 blocked shots. At least two of those blocks forced Olson to struggle to his own bench.
The search for UND's next athletic director is now in the hands of UND President Mark Kennedy. UND search committee head Tom DiLorenzo opted not to hold the committee's final meeting Friday morning, according to school spokesman Peter Johnson, who's also on the committee. DiLorenzo decided not to meet for the final time, in part, because of the weather forecast and, in part, because the committee had completed the task of seeking applicants and providing finalists, according to Johnson.
Bill Chaves' career in college athletics has included stops at schools with hockey such as Quinnipiac and Northeastern. Now the athletic director at Eastern Washington, Chaves would like to reunite with his hockey roots at UND. "The opportunity to have hockey within a portfolio of sports offerings excites me," Chaves said after participating in a public forum Wednesday while interviewing to become UND's next athletic director. "It's something I've been a part of at different institutions and it really intrigues me."
Bill Chaves’ career in college athletics has included stops at schools with hockey such as Quinnipiac and Northeastern. Now the athletic director at Eastern Washington, Chaves would like to reunite with his hockey roots at UND.
East Grand Forks Senior High was surprisingly routed by six goals last weekend by Grand Forks Red River. With a quick turnaround to the rematch Tuesday night, the Green Wave got their revenge. Senior High's Coby Stauss scored on a penalty shot with 20 seconds left in overtime to nip the Roughriders 1-0 at the East Grand Forks Civic Center. It was Red River's (9-1-2) first loss of the season.
Mike Mannausau is a former star football player and coach at UND. He now raises money for the school with the title of Associate Athletics Director, Athletics Major Gifts, with the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. He married Tiffany Pudenz Mannausau, a former three-time national champion women's basketball player and member of the UND Athletics Hall of Fame. Those deep ties to the university were the underlying theme Monday evening to Mannausau's pitch to become UND's next athletic director.
Monty Porter grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, a college town void of professional sports, where the University of Iowa is king. On Sunday, Porter drew from that upbringing to explain his attraction to UND and Grand Forks. "The University of Iowa was everything to the fabric of the community," Porter said. "I've had a validation that that's what it's like here, too. I have a real desire to come to that and would be grateful for the opportunity."
The goal drought had been long enough that Andrew Peski was dreaming up the ways he was going to get his first college goal. "I've gone through every scenario in my head," Peski said. That goal drought busted Saturday as Peski scored in UND's 7-0 victory over Omaha at Ralph Engelstad Arena, even if it wasn't the way he would have drawn it up. In the third period, Peski drilled a shot from the point that was initially stopped by Omaha goalie Kris Oldham, but the ricochete went off a defenseman and into the net to make it 6-0.
Earlier this week, East Grand Forks looked like the favorite to win the Gambucci Cup when the Green Wave handily beat Grand Forks Central. On Saturday, a new front-runner emerged for the trophy that goes to the top boys hockey team in Greater Grand Forks. Grand Forks Red River used a potent power play to rout East Grand Forks 6-0 at Purpur Arena. The Roughriders scored three times on the power play, taking advantage of Senior High's seven penalties.