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Associated Press, Published April 24 2013

UND finishes first in average hockey attendance

GRAND FORKS – The University of North Dakota hockey team wound up No. 7 in the final Division I hockey poll this season, but took the top spot in average attendance.

Figures released by CollegeHockeyStats.net show that UND drew an average of 11,592 fans in 21 home games. It was the only program in the country to average more than 10,000 spectators per home game.

Twelve of 21 games at Ralph Engelstad Arena were played in front of sellout crowds, including a high-water mark of 12,177 against Bemidji State on March 2. That was the second-largest crowd ever to see a UND hockey game.

Minnesota was second in average attendance at 9,950, followed by Wisconsin, Nebraska Omaha, Colorado College, Boston College, Minnesota Duluth, Michigan State, New Hampshire and Michigan.