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New coach, same expectations: University of North Dakota hockey team aims to end title drought

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota has a new head hockey coach ? and the same old hunger pains.

Longtime assistant coach Brad Berry is taking over a proud program that has vaulted dozens of players into professional hockey in the last decade but hasn't won a national title since 2000. UND lost to Boston University in the Frozen Four semifinals a year ago.

Berry is a former UND defenceman who takes over for Dave Hakstol, now the head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. Junior Luke Johnson says that while Berry doesn't display the same intensity as Hakstol, the expectations are the same.

Johnson says the Frozen Four loss left "a sour taste in our mouths" that lasted through the summer and players are eager for the season to begin.

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