Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Birthday and a Berth?

It’s a big weekend on multiple fronts.

For the No. 10 UND men’s hockey team, it’s a trip down I-94 to take on the No. 5 St. Cloud State Huskies with the two teams deadlocked for 1st place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with four games left in the regular season.

For the namesake of Daddy Dump and Chase, it’s his daughter’s first birthday.

You can cut the tension with a cake knife.

“I think you always know the reality of your situation and then you focus on short term things,” said UND head coach Dave Hakstol at his weekly press conference on Wednesday. “We need to take care of business today and have a good practice and work hard to prepare for the game on Friday. Nothing else really matters.”

This weekend features two teams that are playing well down the stretch, as their spot at the top of the NCHC standings would suggest.

The Huskies, (12-5-3 conf., 18-7-5 overall)  6-3-1 in their last ten games, are coming off a split last weekend against Miami in Oxford, Ohio, dropping Friday night’s contest 4-3 before a 3-0 Saturday victory.

North Dakota (13-7-0 conf, 18-9-3 overall) comes in as one of the hottest teams in the country. After sweeping Minnesota Duluth 3-0 and 6-2 last weekend, UND has rattled off a 14-2-1 run since a Nov. 29 loss to St. Lawrence at home. In that span, UND has given up more than two goals only three times; two of those were losses.

The two teams met last on Nov. 1-2 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks and the Huskies swept UND, becoming the first team to sweep the Green and White at home since 2010.

That didn’t sit well with UND.

“I think we’re excited. Them sweeping us at home back in the beginning of the year is something that is still fresh in our minds,” said UND sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi to the media. “It’s playoff hockey. It kind of starts right now. But more importantly, we are just trying to get back at them for what they did to us at home. It’s going to be a good series.”


With a sweep, either team would be in the driver’s seat for a NCHC regular season title and name on the top line of the Penrose Trophy as the league’s inaugural champion. Two wins for either team would almost assure either a berth in the NCAA tournament, as well.

Although there is certainly a lot on the line this weekend, UND realizes that they can only control their own play this weekend.

“It’s a big time of the year, big picture and small picture,” said UND senior captain Dillon Simpson, the NCHC’s leading defenseman scorer. “The excitement is there, the intensity is there, but we just got to go play our best hockey.”


St. Cloud has a healthy scoring punch that is the 3rd best in the country with a 3.63 goals per game average. They also sport the 4th best power play in the NCAA, clipping at 25.2%.

Senior goaltender Ryan Faragher is 6-3-1 lifetime against UND and has some pretty eye-popping numbers. In his 10 career games against the Green and White, Fargher carries a 1.80 goals against average and a whopping .938 save percentage. 

Nic Dowd, Sr. F – 18g, 15a – 33 pts, 12g, 10a – 22pts conf (2nd in conference goals, 3rd in points)
Jonny Brodzinski, So. F – 16g, 17a – 33 pts
Ethan Prow, So. D – 4g, 15a – 19 pts
Kevin Gravel, Sr. D – 4g, 12a – 16 pts
Ryan Faragher, Sr. G -- 16-6-4, .910 sv pct, 2.62 GAA, 1 SO

North Dakota features a balanced attack in which 11 players have scored 10 or more points this season, including four defensemen. Simpson leads the NCHC in defensemen scoring with 18 points in conference play and his 10 points on the power play also leads the league.

Rocco Grimaldi, So. F – 12g, 17a – 29 pts
Michael Parks, Jr. F – 10g, 16a – 26 pts
Dillon Simmer, Sr. D – 7g, 13a – 20pts
Jordan Schmaltz, So. D – 4g, 15a – 19 pts

Zane Gothberg, So. G – 13-5-3, 2.12 GAA, .922 sv pct, 1 SO
Clarke Saunders, Sr. G – 5-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .905 sv pt


Emma will take down her birthday cake and it won’t even be close. The birthday girl devours her first big-girl confection, EMMA JEAN –1, CAKE – 0

The series in St. Cloud will be much closer. One stat that I think may prove large this weekend: The Huskies are 51st nationally in penalty kill. Although UND has looked dreadful with the extra man at times this season, a few personnel and system tweaks have them 7 for their last 21 on the power play. I think that makes up the difference. Couple that with the stout play goaltender Zane Gothberg has been showing recently and UND SWEEPS – 4-2, 3-2.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Hello, World Wide Web!

My name is Scott Stone and this is my blog, Daddy Dump and Chase.

I thank you for reading and I hope my musings on sport and fatherhood bring you as much enjoyment as writing it will bring to me.

For my first blog, I thought I’d ease back into the writing world after a three-plus year hiatus with a small back story of who I am and where this blog came from.

My love for sports is a simple one. I was raised on them and they have been a large part of my life. I don’t see this changing any time soon.

After working for the Dakota Student covering the UND men’s hockey team for nearly four years, I spent the two years after my graduation as a page designer at the Grand Forks Herald. As my future wife graduated college, we decided to leave the plains of the Dakotas for the bright lights of Minneapolis. Six years of living the newspaper life of weekends, nights and holidays had worn on me, and as I looked to my future, I decided a career change was in order.

After a 10-month stint as a banker to pay my bills, I took a job in Bloomington, Minn., in advertising. I’ve come to love my work as it is exciting and fast paced, but much more structured and presents me the opportunity to be home more often. 

What does this have to do with this blog? Sorry… I’ll quit rambling.

Being creative has been something I’ve always enjoyed. Writing had always been my choice for this. So, as I reflected on my 2013 that saw the birth of my daughter, I decided I needed to write again. My goal? Create a blog. What should I write about? Well, naturally, sports. But, every sports rube out there seems to have a sports blog, so what could I do to make it more enjoyable? More exciting? More fun?

Add. A. Cute. Baby. This is Advertising 101.

So, this is it. Daddy Dump and Chase.

Disclaimer: This blog will, at points, have swear words and poop references. I have a baby. I get to talk about these things sometimes.