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. Denver University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with No. 4-ranked Denver University in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (12-8-7 overall, 6-6-3-2 NCHC) led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Cole Smith and Shane Gersich, but the Pioneers (14-6-5 overall, 8-4-3 NCHC) took a 3-2 lead on goals by Dylan Gambrell, Tariq Hammond and Troy Terry. UND’s Hayden Shaw sent the game to overtime with a goal late in the third period. Denver gained the extra point on a Terry goal in the 3-on-3 after the scoreless overtime. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 17 shots, while DU’s Tanner Jaillet had 18 saves. The two teams meet again tonight. (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. University of Nebraska-Omaha

Austin Poganski scored two goals and goalie Peter Thome recorded his first shutout Saturday night to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a weekend split with the University of Nebraska-Omaha in National Collegiate Hockey Conference action in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Also scoring for the Fighting Hawks (6-4-2 NCHC, 11-6-5 overall) were Rhett Gardner, Joel Janatuinen, Christian Wolanin, Andrew Peski and Colton Poolman. Thome finished with 15 saves, while Kris Oldman stopped 25 shots for the Mavericks (3-7 NCHC, 10-9-1-1 overall). (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

The University of Nebraska-Omaha spoiled the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team’s 2018 opener with a 4-1 win over the Fighting Hawks on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Mavericks (3-6 National Collegiate Hockey Conference, 11-8-1 overall) received goals from Fredrik Olofsson, Luke Norgard, David Pope and Zach Jordan, while Shane Gersich scored the only goal for the Fighting Hawks (5-5-2-2 NCHC, 10-7-5 overall). UND goalie Cam Johnson had 17 saves, while Evan Weninger stopped 34 shots for the Mavericks. (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 gained a tie for first place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference after a shootout win over St. Cloud State University on Friday night in Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, but the Huskies came back to take the series finale 3-1 on Saturday night. In Friday shootout, UND’s Christian Wolanin scored. In regulation, Cole Smith and Rhett Gardner scored for the Fighting Hawks (10-5-5 overall, 5-3-2 NCHC). Easton Brodzinski and Ryan Poehling scored for the Huskies (1221 overall, 7-2-1 NCHC). In Saturday night’s game, Mikey Eyssimont scored twice and Robby Jackson once for SCSU, while Smith collected UND’s only goal. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 31 shots Friday and 15 Satuday. Jeff Smith had 30 saves Friday, while David Hrenak had 34 Saturday for the Huskies. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. Western Michigan University

Nick Jones had a goal and an assist and Cole Smith tied a 65-year-old record for the fastest goal at the beginning of the third period as the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team completed a sweep of National Collegiate Hockey Conference foe Western Michigan University with a 4-1 win Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad University. Hayden Shaw and Grant Mismash also scored for the Fighting Hawks (10-4-4 overall, 5-2-1 NCHC), while Austin Rueschhoff scored for the Broncos (9-7-1 overall, 5-3 NCHC). UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 19 shots. Netminder Ben Blacker had 21 saves for WMU. The sweep puts UND in a battle for first place next weekend at St. Cloud State. The Huskies are one point ahead of UND in the standings, with Western Michigan and Denver now tied for third, three points out of first. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)