Eidsness back on All-WCHA list

North Dakota goaltender Brad Eidsness was named to the All-WCHA Second Team at Thursday's league banquet.

Eidsness, who hails from Chestermere, Alberta, landed his second all-conference team honor in as many seasons. In 37 games, Eidsness is 21-9-4 with a 2.09 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. He leads all WCHA goalies in minutes played (2149:07) and ranks second in wins and goals against average, third in save percentage and fourth in winning percentage.

An All-WCHA third team pick as a freshman last year, Eidsness is the fourth Sioux goalie to earn multiple All-WCHA honors, joining three-time selections Karl Goehring (1997-98, 1998-98, 1999-00) and Jon Casey (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84) and two-time pick Joe Lech (1962-63, 1964-65).

Earlier this month, Eidsness joined former All-American Karl Goehring (1997-01) as the only Sioux goalies to win 20 games in each of their first two seasons.

Part of Eidsness' edge this season has been his conditioning level. Logging nearly every start in his two seasons in Grand Fork's, the 6'0 netminder learned from his freshman year and arrived this season prepared for the grind.

From the Grand Forks Herald:

Eidsness was banged up and not at the top of his game, allowing 12 goals in UND’s final three games – all postseason tournament losses. It marked the only time all year that Eidsness allowed four goals in back-to-back games.

During the offseason, Eidsness vowed to be more prepared physically for this season.

He lost nearly 20 pounds during extensive summer conditioning and came to fall camp prepared to carry another heavy load of starts.

Eidsness has done that, playing in 37 of UND’s 39 games, but he doesn’t appear to be slowing down this time around.

Eidsness is 9-1 in his past 10 starts, carrying a 1.50 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage during that time.

“There’s a big difference in Brad’s conditioning levels” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “I think his strength level is a lot different from this time last year to now. He’s done a real good job. I think he went through some experiences last year that told him, ‘I’ve got to improve myself athletically and conditioning-wise.’ He’s done that and we’re seeing the payoff of that.”
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