RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey defeated the University of Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 in the third-place game of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff on Saturday night in St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center, but it wasn’t enough to extend the Fighting Hawks’ run to 16 consecutive national tournament berths. Boston University’s victory over Providence in the Hockey East championship was a fatal blow to UND’s NCAA Tournament hopes and ended the season for the Fighting Hawks. In the win over UMD, Austin Poganski, Ludvig Hoff, Joel Jantuinen and Shane Gersich scored for UND, while Mikey Anderson scored the one Bulldog goal. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 27 shots as did Hunter Shepard of UMD. The Fighting Hawks finished the season with a 17-13-10 record. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. St. Cloud State University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team’s quest for landing a spot in the NCAA tournament field took a hit Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Cloud State University in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff. Nick Poehling’s goal 1:47 into overtime gave the Huskies, who already have clinched an NCAA tourney spot, the victory. The Fighting Hawks had come from behind twice to tie the game to send it to overtime. Nick Jones and Jordan Kawaguchi scored for UND, while Patrick Newell and Easton Brodzinski also scored for the Huskies. UND goalie Cam Johnson had 31 saves. SCSU’s David Hrenak stopped 21 shots. Today, UND plays the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the third-place, and St. Cloud meets Denver University in the championship game. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Nebraska-Omaha

A goal by Nick Jones — his second of the game — just 53 seconds into overtime gave the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 4-3 win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena and a trip to the National College Hockey Conference’s Frozen Faceoff  next weekend in St. Paul. The Fighting Hawks (16-12-10 overall) won the first game of the best-of-three playoff series 4-0 on Friday night. Matt Kierstad and Dixon Bowen had given UND a 2-0 lead before Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice for the Mavericks (17-17-2 overall) to tie the game after two periods. Jake Randolph scored in the third period to give UNO at 3-2 lead, but Jones scored his first goal midway through the period to send the game into overtime. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 18 shots, while UNO’s Evan Weninger had 29 saves in goal. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. St. Cloud State University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team secured fourth place and gained home ice for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs with a 2-2 tie with St. Cloud State University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (14-12-10 overall, 8-10-6 NCHC) picked up the extra point when Rhett Gardner scored just over four minutes into 3-3 overtime and will host the University of Nebraska-Omaha next weekend in the first round of the playoffs. The Huskies (22-6-6 overall, 16-4-4 NCHC), who finished in first place, will host Miami of Ohio. Gardner and Grant Mishmash scored regulation goals for UND, while Ryan Poehling and Grand Forks Red River product Jacob Benson scored for St. Cloud. UND goalie Cam Johnson, one of four seniors honored before the game — along with Gardner, Trevor Olson and Johnny Simonson —  stopped 23 shots. SCSU goaltender David Hrenak had 29 saves. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Colorado College

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.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Colorado College

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.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Denver University

Christian Wolanin scored for the University of North Dakota and Kohen Olischefski tallied for Denver University as the Fighting Hawks and the Pioneers skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad University. Denver (14-6-6 overall, 8-4-4-3 NCHC) picked up the extra point as Ian Mitchell scored on 3-on-3 hockey after a scoreless 5-minute overtime. Cam Johnson of North Dakota (12-8-8, 6-6-4-2 NCHC) stopped 22 shots in goal, while DU goalie Tanner Jaillet had 21 saves. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of North Dakota blew a 2-0 first-period lead and gave up five straight goals over the next two periods to drop a 5-2 National Collegiate Hockey Conference decision to the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night in AmsOil Arena in Duluth. Shane Gersich and Austin Poganski scored in the opening period for the Fighting Hawks (12-8-6 overall, 6-6-2-2 NCHC) before Jared Thomas score once and Scott Perunovich scored twice in the second period and Parker Mackay and Riley Tufte each tallied in the third period for the Bulldogs (13-9-3 overall, 7-7 NCHC). The sweep left the 14th-ranked Bulldogs just a point behind No. 7 UND in the chase for the fourth and final home ice spot in the NCHC playoffs. Cam Johnson had 28 saves in goal for UND, while UMD’s Hunter Shepard stopped 18 shots. The Fighting Hawks host league-leading Denver next weekend in Grand Forks. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of Minnesota-Duluth continued its recent mastery over the University of North Dakota with a 5-3 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win Friday night in AmsOil Arena in Duluth. The Bulldogs (12-9-3 overall, 6-7 NCHC), who  have beaten the Fighting Hawks seven straight games, received goals from five different players — Joey Anderson, Peter Krieger, Parker Mackay, Karson Kuhlman and Riley Tufte. Trevor Olson, Grant Mismash and Colton Poolman scored for the Fighting Hawks (12-7-6 overall, 6-5-2 NCHC). UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 21 shots, while UMD’s Hunter Shepard had 33 saves. The two teams meet again tonight. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Bemidji State University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Bemidji State University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena to close out its nonconference schedule. Nick Jones and Christian Wolanin scored goals for the Fighting Hawks (12-6-6), while Dillon Eichstadt and Leo Fitzgerald scored for the Beavers (11-7-6). Cam Johnson had 18 saves in goal for UND, and Michael Bitzer stopped 29 shots for the Beavers. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)