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 — NCHC Frozen Faceoff: University Of North Dakota vs. University Of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team came up short Saturday night in Minneapolis’ Target Center, dropping a 4-3 decision to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the championship game of National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff. Despite the loss, the Fighting Hawks (21-15-3) advance to next week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey West Regional in Fargo as the No. 3 seed and will host Boston University (23-11-3), which lost to Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals Friday. The UND-BU game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN2. Top-seeded Minnesota Duluth will meet Ohio State in the other West Region semifinal at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Brock Boeser, Tyson Jost and Trevor Olson scored goals for the Fighting Hawks against UMD. Joey Anderson, Dominic Toninato, Riley Tufte and Adam Johnson scored goals for the Bulldogs. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 19 shots, while UMD’s Hunter Miska had 32 saves. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — NCHC Frozen Faceoff: University Of North Dakota vs. Denver University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team qualified for its 15th straight appearance in the 16-team NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 shutout of Denver University on Friday night in Minneapolis’ Target Center in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Four. Austin Poganski’s goal just 2:30 into the third period sealed the win for the Fighting Hawks (21-14-3). UND will play the University of Minnesota-Duluth tonight in the championship game. The Bulldogs (24-6-7) defeated Western Michigan University (22-11-5) 5-2 on Friday afternoon in the other semifinal game. Fighting Hawks goalie Cam Johnson stopped 21 shots, while Tanner Jaillet of DU (28-7-4) had 25 saves. (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 is heading back to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Frozen Faceoff next weekend in Minneapolis. Trevor Olson’s goal 7:38 into overtime lifted the Fighting Hawks (20-14-3) to a 6-5 win over St. Cloud State University (16-19-1) on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. North Dakota on the first game in the best-of-three series Friday night. UND will play either Denver University or the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Friday in Target Center. Austin Poganski, Tyson Jost, Brock Boeser, Shane Gersich and Christian Wolanin scored the other goals for the Fighting Hawks, who recorded their 15th straight season of 20 or more wins. Nick Poehling and Grand Forks Red River’s Jon Lizotte scored twice and Patrick Newell once for the Huskies, whose season ended with the loss. North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson had 30 saves, while SCSU’s Jeff Smith stopped 35 shots. (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 took a big step toward reaching the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Frozen Faceoff next weekend with a 5-2 victory over St. Cloud State University in Game 1 of their NCHC first-round playoff series Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Rhett Gardner, Shane Gersich, Brock Boeser, Austin Poganski and Joel Janatuinen scored for the Fighting Hawks (19-14-3), while Jacob Benson ad Jimmy Schuldt scored for the Huskies (16-18-1). UND goalie Cam Johnson had 26 saves, and SCS’s Jeff Smith stopped 31 shots. The two teams meet again tonight in the second game in their best-of-three series. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team’s quest for home-ice advantage in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs took a hit Saturday night as the Fighting Hawks were shut out 3-0 by the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Senior Night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. With the loss, UND (9-12-1-1 NCHC, 16-14-3 overall) is tied with Omaha (9-11-2 NCHC, 16-13-5 overall) for the fourth place in the NCHC — the last spot for home ice in the first round of league playoffs and one point ahead of St. Cloud State University — with two games remaining for all league teams. David Pope, Riley Alferd and Austin Ortega scored goals for the Mavericks. North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson had 24 saves, while Omaha’s Evan Weninger stopped 22 shots. The Fighting Hawks close out their regular-season schedule next weekend on the road against Miami of Ohio. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

 

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team picked up three crucial National Collegiate Hockey Conference points with its 6-4 win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad University. Tyson Jost and Brock Boeser each scored two goals for the Fighting Hawks (9-11-1-1 NCHC, 16-13-3 overall) and Johnnie Simonson and Christian Wolanin scored one goal each. Steven Spinner had two goals for the Mavericks (8-11-2-0 NCHC, 15-13-5 overall), while David Pope and Fredrik Olafsson each scored once. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 33 shots. Omaha goalie Alex Blankenburg had 31 saves. The victory, coupled with St. Cloud State’s 4-3 overtime loss to Denver University, moved UND into fourth place in the NCHC standings, one point ahead of the Huskies and three ahead of Omaha with all three teams having three games remaining. The top four teams in the final standings earn home ice for the first round of league playoffs. The two teams meet again tonight.

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

Mike Gornall hadn’t scored a goal all season. But Saturday night, he tallied two —the second in overtime — to lead the University of North Dakota to a 2-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over St. Cloud State University in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (9-9-1-1 NCHC, 15-11-3 overall)  trailed 1-0 before Gornall scored his first goal at 6:10 of the second period, knocking in a rebound of his own shot. He added the game winner just 41 seconds into overtime to salvage a weekend split for UND, which lost 3-1 Friday night. Mikey Eyssimont scored the lone goal for the Huskies (7-10-1 NCHC, 13-14-1 overall.) Cam Johnson made 20 saves in goal for UND, while Jeff Smith of SCSU stopped 24 shots. UND returns to play Feb. 17-18 at Western Michigan. (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 scoring woes continued Friday night as the Fighting Hawks dropped a 3-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference game to St Cloud State University before 11,682 fans  in Ralph Engelstad University. Tucker Poolman scored the lone goal for UND (7-9-1-0 NCHC, 14-11-3 overall), which was on the verge of facing back-to-back shutout losses for the first time in school history as well as its fifth shutout loss of the season, which would have been a record. Jacob Benson, a former star at Grand Forks Red River High School, opened the scoring for the Huskies (7-9-1 NCHC, 13-13-1 overall) at 11:25 of the first period, and Jimmy Schuldt added another early in the second period before Poolman closed the gap at 8:16 of the third period. But just 28 seconds later, a shot by SCSU’s Robby Jackson deflected off the facemask of linemate Ryan Poehling and past UND goalie Matt Hrynkiw, who finished with 16 saves, to complete the scoring. Jeff Smith stopped 28 shots for St. Cloud. The two teams meet again at 7 tonight. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)