There’s appears to be a direct correlation between the Fighting Hawks’ key players scoring and their record. Lately, the top players aren’t recording many points. In the past six games, Hawks forward Brock Boeser scored a grand total of one goal. He’s been held scoreless in the last three games but is even in the plus/minus rankings.
Boeser’s linemate, freshman-forward Tyson Jost is also struggling, in the past six games he’s scored one goal and four points. He has one point in the past three games.
There has been one bright spot on the top line. In the past six games, sophomore forward Shane Gersich has scored three goals and six points. Gersich is even in the plus/minus rankings.
In the first 11 games, the top line has scored 16 goals and 38 points. That accounts for 70.3 percent of the Fighting Hawks’ points. They need to get secondary scoring from the other three forward lines.
A Closer Look at the Numbers
Looking at the numbers, UND is struggling. How bad are they struggling? Let’s take a look at the national statistics: the Hawks’ power play 7/51 (13.7) is ranked 43rd nationally. Their penalty kill is also suffering, 43/55 (78.2) and is ranked 51st nationally. In 11 games, the Hawks have given up 3 shorthanded goals, that ranks them 55th nationally. Last season, UND gave up two shorthanded goals all season long. Moreover, the opposition is cashing in on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. There’s a lot of room for improvement.