Fighting Hawks Hockey

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - I’ve always been of the opinion that North Dakota has two statewide sports. North Dakota State football, and the University of North Dakota hockey.

The Bison are into their conference season, while the Fighting Hawks get it started with an exhibition game this weekend. UND missed the playoffs last year, and one of the reasons why, was too many ties; 10 of them last season.

Head Coach of the Fighting Hawks, Brad Berry says, "we have to get after it right away. Our season ended on a bus coming back from St. Paul last year hoping we'd be in the tournament. We don't want to hope. We want to make sure we control our own destiny and that's really in the season. It's one of those things where we want to close out games on the right end of it early in the season and not get into ties."

No tied when it came to voting for a captain. UND’s locker room leader is Colton Poolman. He’s a junior defenseman from East Grand Forks. "I was pretty excited obviously,” Poolman says. “It's a really good feeling. It was such a humbling feeling. I think to be named captain here. Growing up here it's kind of what you dream about so O was extremely honored to be named captain here and hopefully we have a good year here."

That year starts on Saturday against Manitoba at Ralph Engelstad Arena.