The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team gained a weekend split with Colorado College with a 5-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Tigers won 4-2 Friday night. The win put UND in a tie for third place in the NCHC with Western Michigan University and snapped a six-game winless streak. The Fighting Hawks (13-9-8 overall, 7-7-4 NCHC) received two goals Joel Janatuinen and singles from Rhett Gardner, Austin Poganski and Grant Mismash. Nick Halloran scored the only goal fort the Tigers (12-12-4 overall, 6-9-3 NCHC). UND goalie Peter Thome stopped 20 shots, while CC’s Alex LeClerc had 25 saves. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
Despite spectacular goals by defensemen Christian Wolanin and Colton Poolman, the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team dropped a 4-2 National Collegiate Hockey Conference decision to Colorado College on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The win for the Tigers (12-11-4 overall, 6-8-3 NCHC) left them just one point behind the Fighting Hawks (12-9-8 overall, 6-7-4 NCHC) in the league standings. Wolanin scored his goal on a penalty shot and assisted on Poolman’s brilliant solo rush— both coming in the second period to tie the game — but the Tigers answered quickly after both scores and added an empty-netter in the last minute of the game to defeat the Fighting Hawks. Troy Conzo scored two goals for CC, while Alex Pernitsky and Westin Michaud had one each. UND starting goalie Cam Johnson stopped 11 shots before being pulled after Conzo’s second goal. Backup goalie Andrew Thome had 14 saves in relief. CC goalie Alex LeClerc had 34 saves. The two teams meet again tonight at 7:07 in the Ralph. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team said goodbye for another season to Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday night, easily handling Colorado College 5-1 to sweep its National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoff series with the Tigers, sending the Fighting Hawks to this weekend’s Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis, where they will meet the University of Minnesota-Duluth at 7:38 p.m. Friday in Target Center. North Dakota (30-5-3) received first-period goals from Nick Schmaltz, Joel Janatuinen, Hayden Shaw and Drake Caggiula and never looked back. Austin Polanski and CC’s Matt Hansen traded goals in the second period to round out the scoring. Cam Johnson made 22 saves in goal for UND, while Jacob Tehama and Derek Shatzer combined to stop 23 Fighting Hawks shots. Colorado College ended its season with a 6-29-1 record. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.
The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team is one game away from next weekend’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Frozen Faceoff after a convincing 7-1 in the opening game win over Colorado College in their best-of-three series Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Nick Schmaltz scored a career-high two goals to lead the Fighting Hawks (29-5-3). Chipping in one goal each were Coltyn Sanderson, Shane Gersich, Luke Johnson, Matt Shaw and Joel Janatuinen. Taner Ockey scored the only goal for the Tigers (6-28-1). UND goalie Cam Johnson had 15 saves, while CC’s Jacob Nehama kicked out 27 shots. The two teams meet again at 7:07 tonight. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.
The University of North Dakota again jumped out to a 4-0 lead against visiting Colorado College on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. But unlike Friday night, when the Fighting Hawks gave up five straight goals to the Tigers, they kept the pressure on, skating to a 5-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win. Freshman Rhett Gardner led UND (20-3-3 overall, 11-2-1 NCHC) with two goals for the second game in a row, while senior Bryn Chyzyk had a career high 3-point game. Also scoring goals for the Fighting Hawks were freshman Mike Gornall, with his first college goal in just his second game this season, and sophomore Austin Poganski. Andrew Farney scored the lone goal for Colorado College (5-18-1 overall, 3-10 NCHC). UND goaltender Cam Johnson stopped 18 shots, while CC’s Tyler Marble had 27 saves. UND returns to action next weekend when it travels to Western Michigan. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.
The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team picked up two points in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game against Colorado College on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena, but things could have turned out much better for the Fighting Hawks. Brock Boeser’s shootout goal gave UND the extra point in a game that will go down in the books as a 5-5 tie, but the Fighting Hawks surrendered a 4-0 first-period lead before battling back to force the game into overtime. Freshman center Rhett Gardner scored his second goal of the game with goalie Matt Hrynkiw pulled for a sixth attacker with just 32 seconds left in the third period to tie the game at 5-5 all. Also scoring goals for UND (19-3-3 overall, 10-2-1 NCHC) were Luke Johnson (two) and Coltyn Sanderson. Scoring for CC (5-17-1 overall, 3-9-1 NCHC) were Hunter Fejes (2), Luc Gerdes, Christian Heil and Trey Bradley. Hrynkiw, who relieved starting goalie Cam Johnson in the second period, finished the game with 10 saves. Johnson had eight saves while giving up three goals. Goalie Tyler Marble had 25 saves in relief of CC starter Jacob Nehama, who had eight saves and gave up three goals in just over nine minutes of play. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.