FARGO -- NDSU's special teams magic in the spring, which had the Bison score multiple return touchdowns in the same game, has carried over to the fall.

Sophomore cornerback Jayden Price has emerged as one of NDSU's most explosive players. He returned his second career punt for a touchdown last week against Valparaiso, and very nearly had another one in Week 1 against Albany before a penalty negated it. Price came to Fargo as a quarterback and just decided at practice to try his hand at punt returns.

Just 23 days remain until North Dakota hockey starts its defense of two straight Penrose Cups. The NCHC released it's preseason polls on Wednesday, and UND isn't the favorite to repeat for a third time. The Fighting Hawks were picked to finish third in the standings, just behind St. Cloud and Duluth, two Frozen Four teams from last season.

UND is trying to something no other team in the NCHC has done, that's win three straight Penrose Cups.