North Dakota will be without its starting goalie for the foreseeable future.
Sophomore G Zane Gothberg is out indefinitely with a lower body injury sustained yesterday during practice. @UNDMHockey— Jayson Hajdu (@UNDSID) January 22, 2014
Gothberg, a native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, lately has taken over the goaltending job for North Dakota. The Boston Bruins draft pick is 10-5-3 this season with a .914 save percentage. He has started every game since November 30th against St. Lawrence, which correlates with UND's 8-0-1 run. (North Dakota did lose an exhibition game to UBC during that stretch, but it doesn't officially count.)
There is no timetable for Gothberg's return according to head coach Dave Hakstol.
With Gothberg out for the time being, North Dakota will turn to senior Clarke Saunders in net. The 23 year-old Saunders, who played in 26 games last season for UND, has a .900 save percentage and yet to allow less than two goals. Freshman Matt Hrynkiw will back up Saunders.
North Dakota, currently in a three-way tie for third place in the NCHC, faces Denver on the road at Magness Arena this Friday and Saturday. Friday's game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.