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. University Of Nebraska-Omaha

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team shut out the University of Nebraska-Omaha 4-0 in the opening round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (15-12-10 overall) received goals from Shane Gersich, Christian Wolanin, Nick Jones and Joel Janatuinen to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. A win tonight would advance UND to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff next weekend in St. Paul. The Mavericks, who were No. 13 in the Pairwise rankings (the Fighting Hawks were No. 14), dropped to 17-16-2. UND goaltender Cam Johnson, who recorded his third shutout of the season, stopped 25 shots, while UNO’s Evan Weninger had 30 saves. Between the first and second periods, Olympic heroes and gold medal winners Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando were introduced at center ice. (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 suffered a blow to its quest for home ice in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs with a 4-3 overtime loss to St. Cloud State University, the No. 1 team in the country. The Huskies (22-6-5 overall, 16-4-3 NHCC), who already have clinched the Penrose Cup for the top league’s top record during the regular season, won the game on a goal by Ryan Poehling 2:48 into overtime. UND, Colorado College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha are tied in the league standings, but Omaha holds the tiebreaker over the Fighting Hawks. Also scoring for the Huskies were Jimmy Schuldt with two goals and Grand Forks Red River grad Jon Lizotte with one. Christian Wolanin, Jordan Kawaguchi and Nick Jones scored for UND (14-12-9 overall, 8-10-5 NCHC). UND goalie Cam Johnson had 21 saves, while Dave Hrenak stopped 28 shots for SCSU. The two teams play again tonight. (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. 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.)