Austin Poganski scored two goals and goalie Peter Thome recorded his first shutout Saturday night to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a weekend split with the University of Nebraska-Omaha in National Collegiate Hockey Conference action in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Also scoring for the Fighting Hawks (6-4-2 NCHC, 11-6-5 overall) were Rhett Gardner, Joel Janatuinen, Christian Wolanin, Andrew Peski and Colton Poolman. Thome finished with 15 saves, while Kris Oldman stopped 25 shots for the Mavericks (3-7 NCHC, 10-9-1-1 overall). (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
The University of Nebraska-Omaha spoiled the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team’s 2018 opener with a 4-1 win over the Fighting Hawks on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Mavericks (3-6 National Collegiate Hockey Conference, 11-8-1 overall) received goals from Fredrik Olofsson, Luke Norgard, David Pope and Zach Jordan, while Shane Gersich scored the only goal for the Fighting Hawks (5-5-2-2 NCHC, 10-7-5 overall). UND goalie Cam Johnson had 17 saves, while Evan Weninger stopped 34 shots for the Mavericks. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
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.)
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.
The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team shook off Friday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to visiting University of Nebraska-Omaha by responding with a resounding 5-1 win over the Mavericks on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The game-winner came from senior winger and walk-on Coltyn Sanderson, who scored his first collegiate goal. Also scoring for the Fighting Hawks were Troy Stecher, Drake Caggiula, Luke Johnson and Brock Boeser. For Boeser and Caggiula, it was each’s 15th goal of the season. Tyler Vessel scored the lone UNO goal. Sophomore goalie Cam Johnson stopped 28 of 29 Omaha shots to push his career record to 10-1-1. UND upped its National Collegiate Hockey Conference record 10-2 to and 19-3-2 overall. Omaha dropped to 5-6-1 in the NCHC and 15-6-1 overall. The Fighting Hawks return to action next weekend when they host league foe Colorado College on Friday and Saturday nights.