RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — UND Athletics Night Of Champions

Grand Forks photographer attended the University of North Dakota Athletics Night of Champions awards banquet Tuesday night in the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. Among the winners were University of North Dakota junior thrower Molli Detloff and junior defenseman Christian Wolanin. Detloff was named the Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year, and Wolanin was named UND’s Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year. For a full listing of award winners, go here. (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 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 secured fourth place and gained home ice for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs with a 2-2 tie with St. Cloud State University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (14-12-10 overall, 8-10-6 NCHC) picked up the extra point when Rhett Gardner scored just over four minutes into 3-3 overtime and will host the University of Nebraska-Omaha next weekend in the first round of the playoffs. The Huskies (22-6-6 overall, 16-4-4 NCHC), who finished in first place, will host Miami of Ohio. Gardner and Grant Mishmash scored regulation goals for UND, while Ryan Poehling and Grand Forks Red River product Jacob Benson scored for St. Cloud. UND goalie Cam Johnson, one of four seniors honored before the game — along with Gardner, Trevor Olson and Johnny Simonson —  stopped 23 shots. SCSU goaltender David Hrenak had 29 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 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