Sixteen months ago the Huskies were celebrating a road sweep of North Dakota at Engelstad Arena. This weekend it was time for UND to celebrate on senior night as they defeated the Huskies 3-1 to complete a sweep of SCSU in Grand Forks, ND. In similar fashion to Friday's game, UND jumped out to a 3-0 lead and had the result in full control before the Huskies were able to counter for a goal of their own. St. Cloud area native Austin Poganski gave UND the lead in the game with a goal at 7:53 of the first period. In a lopsided first period UND outshot SCSU 16-8 and carried a 1-0 lead into period two. Senior Connor Gaarder gave UND a two-goal lead at 6:58 of the second period on a wrap around goal that turned out to be the game-winner for North Dakota. They scored again on the man-advantage at 19:19 on a shot by Nick Mattson from the top of the circle for a 3-0 second period lead. SCSU didn't get on the board until 4:43 of the third period when Ethan Prow's shot from the point on the power play beat UND's Zane McIntyre. Judd Peterson and Joe Rehkamp were credited with assists. SCSU outshot North Dakota 13-6 in period three and despite several late period opportunities were unable to overcome the 3-1 final. North Dakota outshot SCSU 29-28 in the contest and were 1/4 on the power play while SCSU was 1/7. Charlie Lindgren was lifted after two periods of play and stopped 20/23 SOG. Rasmus Reijola relieved Lindgren in the third period and stopped al six shots he faced. UND's Zane McIntyre had another solid outing in goal stopping 27/28 SOG. The Saturday loss dropped the Huskies from #14 to #18 in the Pairwise.
The Huskies got out of the gates slow on Friday and it cost them as #1 North Dakota charged to a 3-0 lead and then hung on for 3-2 win at Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND outshot the Huskies 10-3 in period 1 and earned a 2-0 lead on goals by Nick Schmaltz and Brendan O'Donnell. Schmaltz beat SCSU's Lindgren short side at 11:44 and O'Donnell's one-timer deflected off Ben Storm's stick for a 2-0 lead at 17:36. Connor Gardner scored the GWG at 5:57 of period two beating Lindgren on a shot from the circle. SCSU finally got on the board at 7:58 when converted defenseman Ben Storm rifled a shot from the circle on the power play. Assists were to Prochno and Murray. SCSU outshot UND 13-10 in period 2. The Huskies responded again early in the third period on a power play goal by Joey Benik at 4:47 to draw SCSU to within one at 3-2. Assists were to Prow and Brodzinski. SCSU made things interesting late in the game with several grade A opportunities. However, a late penalty to Jimmy Murray with slightly over 2 minutes remaining gave UND the advantage they needed to hold on for the 3-2 win. UND outshot SCSU 32-24 for the game and SCSU was 2/4 on the man-advantage while UND was 1/3. SCSU remains at #14 in the Pairwise.
Stars of the Game:
#1 Nick Mattson (UND) #2 Nick Schmaltz (UND) #3 Brendan O'Donnell