Eidsness pushing for playing time

A year after serving nearly the entire season as the #2 goaltender, North Dakota senior Brad Eidsness is prepared to battle his way back into to the Sioux crease on a regular basis.

The Grand Forks Herald has the converage entering #6 North Dakota's weekend match-up with #17 Maine.

“I think there’s been a pretty good battle going on the first two weeks,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “I think Aaron’s still our No. 1. That being said, there’s been good competition and pretty good level of play from both guys in practice.

“Brad went in on Saturday and did a good job. He plugged the dam when we were leaking a bit in the second. He’s earned himself some more playing time. He’s got to keep practicing hard. We’ll make the decision who starts on Friday.”

Eidsness was the No. 1 guy during his first two seasons at UND. He played 41 games as both a freshman and a sophomore, leading UND to a MacNaughton Cup and a Broadmoor Trophy. But Eidsness struggled at the start of last season, opening the door for Dell.

“I think (Eidsness) has come back and had a different frame of mind,” Hakstol said. “He’s practicing very well. He’s competing hard and at the end of the day, what matters most is stopping pucks. And he’s stopping a lot of pucks in practice.”

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