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.)

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

The University of North Dakota withstood a 6-on-3 disadvantage in the final two minutes of the third period to hang on for a 4-3 win over Western Michigan University in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. With the win, UND climbed to within one point of league-leading WMU. Austin Poganski scored twice and Ludvig Hoff and Collin Adams had one goal each to pace the Fighting Hawks (9-4-4 overall, 4-2-1 NCHC). Dawson DiPietro and Brett Van Os scored for the Broncos (9-5-1 overall, 5-2 NCHC). Cam Johnson, returning in goal for UND after missing eight games with an injury, stopped 18 shots, while WMU goalie Ben Blacker had 25 saves. The two teams meet again tonight. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team overcame a 2-0 deficit against Miami University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena to score a shootout win in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. The Fighting Hawks (7-2-3 overall, 2-1-1 NCHC) and the RedHawks (4-5-1 overall, 1-2-1 NCHC) were tied 3-3 after regulation and a 5-on-5 5-minute overtime and a 3-minute 3-on-3 session before a Christian Wolanin snapshot beat Ryan Larkin and UND freshman goalie Peter Thome stopped Miami’s Carson Meyer. The shootout win gave UND five of the six points available in the series after Friday’s 4-1 victory. Tucker Poolman, Dixon Bowen and Shane Gersich scored for the Fighting Hawks in regulation, while Gordie Green, Ryan Siroky and Josh Melnick scored for the RedHawks. Thome finished the game with 20 saves, while Larkin stopped 29 shots. UND, with 8 points in league play, is one point out of first place, shared by Colorado College and Western Michigan, with 9 points each. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

Nick Jones scored two goals and goaltender Peter Thome stopped 27 of 28 shots as the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team defeated Miami University 4-1 in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Rhett Gardner and Grant Mismash also scored for the Fighting Hawks (7-2-2 overall, 2-1 NCHC). Karch Bachman scored the only goal for Miami (4-5 overall, 1-2 NCHC). Ryan Larkin  had 22 saves in goal for Miami. The two teams meet again tonight in REA. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. Denver University, December 4, 2015

The No. 4-ranked University of North Dakota men’s hockey team, behind its high-flying first line of Drake Caggiula, Nick Schmaltz and Brock Boeser, took it to ninth-rated Denver University on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena, scoring a 5-1 win before a sellout crowd of 11,768. The “CBS” line combined for six points as the Fighting Hawks upped its National Collegiate Hockey Conference record to 6-1-0 (13-2-2 overall). The Pioneers fell to 3-1-1 and 7-4-2. Boeser, a freshman, scored two goals, senior Caggiula chipped in a goal and two assists and sophomore Schmaltz added a goal. (Sophomore winger Austin Poganski scored UND’s other goal.) The line now has 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in the last seven games and is a gaudy plus-42 on the plus/minus chart measuring offensive and defensive effectiveness. Denver’s lone goal was scored by its captain, Grant Arnold. UND junior defenseman Keaton Thompson had his first career multipoint game with three assists. Caggiula, the NCHC’s leading goal scorer, became UND’s first player since 2012 to reach the 100-point career mark with his third-period assist. Fighting Hawks goalie Cam Johnson had 22 saves, while Pioneers net minder Evan Cowley had 17. The two teams conclude their series tonight at 7:07. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.