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.