Ashton Calder looks to become a threat on the power play for UND

Calder, who played for Lake Superior State, scored 16.

The only players in the country who scored more were Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield, the Hobey Baker Award winner (30), Minnesota’s Sampo Ranta (19), Army’s Colin Bilek (18) and UMass’s Carson Gicewicz (17).

How many of Calder’s 16 goals were on the power play?

The answer may surprise you: zero.

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Calder, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., scored 15 goals at even strength and one shorthanded last season for the Lakers.

Calder’s last 22 goals, going back to his sophomore season, have been scored at either even-strength (20) or shorthanded (two). His last power-play goal came on Jan. 25, 2020, against Alaska Anchorage.

UND will be looking to change that beginning this weekend as it opens the regular season with a two-game series against Niagara (7:07 p.m. Friday, 6:07 p.m. Saturday, Ralph Engelstad Arena).

Calder, who transferred from Lake Superior State to UND in the offseason, is starting on UND’s top power-play unit alongside Jake Sanderson, Riese Gaber, Connor Ford and Judd Caulfield.

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