Collin Adams Leads North Dakota Past Miami, 6-2

Friday night, the University of North Dakota hockey team wanted to get off to a fast start against Miami University, and they did. Fourteen seconds into the game, senior forward Collin Adams scored the game’s first goal. Five minutes and fourteen seconds later freshman forward Louis Jamernik scored the first goal of his career stretching the Fighting Hawks lead to 2-0. Before public address announcer, Derek Looker could announce the Hawks second goal, Adams was scoring the game-winning goal.

Yes, it was a fantastic start for the Hawks. The RedHawks were never in the game.

“One of the keys we wanted to do is have a quick start,” UND head coach Brad Berry said. “Our guys came out, got a goal right off the hop there. Got the next one right away shortly thereafter. This league is so tough, you have to try to play with a lead. It’s so tough to chase a game, through a 60-minute game.  We accomplished one of the keys that we wanted to do is get off to a quick start. Thought we did.”

When it was over, UND had put six goals past Miami goalie Ludvig Persson, running the RedHawks out of the building and ending their season.

Due to Covid, this was only the third time UND had played Miami, during the shortened season, the Fighting Hawks were 3-0-0 against the RedHawks outscoring them 14-4. Lately, The Fighting Hawks have dominated the RedHawks. They’re are unbeaten in the last seven games against the RedHawks outscoring them 29-14.

Collin Adams Fantastic Night

Entering tonight’s game, UND forward Shane Pinto (Who was the first unanimously voted NCHC Player of the Year) was UND’s leading scorer. When the game was over, he had dropped to third on the team in scoring.

Against the RedHawks, Collin Adams had a night, scoring five points (2g-3a–5pts). His classmate, Jordan Kawaguchi was also red-hot, adding four points (0g-4a–4pts). Both players passed Pinto in the points race: Kawaguchi (7g-24a—31pts), Adams 11g-18a—29pts), Pinto (15g-13a—28pts). Finally, Adams set an NCHC Frozen Faceoff record with five points. Adams had UND’s first five-point game since Mark MacMillan scored (3g-2a–5pts) against the Colorado College Tigers on Oct. 18, 2014.

“It’s definitely great to finally get to the playoffs, Adams said. “I mean you hear us saying unfinished business all the time, so, it just feels good to finally get that going.”

With the win, UND improves to 19-5-1, with the loss, Miami finishes the season at 5-18-2. The Hawks will play the lowest remaining seed on Monday night at 8:05 PM.

Omaha Spoils North Dakota’s Senior Night, 3-2 in OT

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team finished out the regular season with a 3-2 overtime loss to Omaha. Spoiling what could’ve been a fabulous evening.

It was evident that UND was little sleepy to start the game. There’s not a lot that can be said about Friday’s game, it wasn’t very exciting. It resembled a first-round NCAA playoff game. One team had more to play for than the other. The first period, both teams looked a little flat. UND would outshot the Mavericks 6-3. A ho-hum 0-0 tie after one period of play.

During the second period, the Mavericks scored two quick goals from forwards Kevin Conley, and Chayse Primeau 14 seconds apart to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead.

Later in the second period, the Hawks started to pick up the momentum. At the 14:01 mark of the second period, senior forward Jackson Keane scored his second goal of the season to give UND life. Linemates Louis Jamernik, Harrison Blaisdell pick up assists.

Fifteen seconds into the third period, senior forward Jordan Kawaguchi scored on a tip-in goal to tie the game. Linemates Collin Adams and Jasper Weatherby added an assist. With the assist, Weatherby extended his post streak to eight games (8g-5a—13pts).

The Mavericks entered Friday’s game fighting for their playoff life, and they spoiled senior night for the Fighting Hawks. Ironically, it was only the second time in the last 28 home games (or 420 days) UND has lost in the friendly confines of Ralph Engelstad Arena. Both losses were to the Mavericks.

Rivalry Update

If you play a team enough times, they’re going to beat you. This season, the Hawks and Mavericks have played six times. For the most part, the Hawks have dominated them, going 4-2-0 (.666) against them. UND has outscored them 27-14. This was the Hawks first loss in five games. With the loss, UND falls to 18-5-1 (.770). UND’s going to be one of the top seeds in the NCAA tourney. Yes, UND wanted to win this game, but it didn’t happen.

I updated the numbers, for those keeping track at home: UND and UNO have played each other 43 times, UND owns a 27-15-1 (.639) record against the Mavericks. This season, UND is 4-2-0 (.750) against the Mavericks and 6-4-0 in the last 10 games against them.

Sending off the Seniors

After the game, UND honored the following seniors: Collin Adams, Gabe Bast, Jordan Kawaguchi, Jackson Keane, Matt Kiersted, Grant Mismash, Josh Rieger, and Peter Thome.

For the UND players from Canada, it’s a little tougher, because of Covid-19, some of them haven’t seen their parents in a very long time. Senior forward Jackson Keane’s parents got to see him score UND’s first goal of the game.

“It’s nice,” Keane said. “My parents got to come down. I haven’t seen them since June when I got down here for summer training. So, it was nice to get one in front of them and to be a part of a special night regardless of the outcome. It’s a great group of guys that welcomed me with open arms. I wasn’t here for their freshman year. So, I was kind of looking up to them, and building a relationship, and to be a part of the night was pretty special.”

“It’s a little emotional knowing that it’s the last regular season game, were playing in the Ralph,” senior captain Jordan Kawaguchi said. “It’s emotional. It’s nice to get a goal on senior night and it would have been nice to get the win. It is what it is.”

For UND, the plan moving forward is pretty simple.

“We got to make sure that we’re dialed in here next week, to bring our best in the playoff tournament here, and then the NCAAs in a couple of weeks from now,” head coach Brad Berry said.” So, we’ll have a good week of practice, get sharp and turn the page and get moving for the next box we need to check.”

Also, check out UNO vs UND in Pictures, UNO wins 3-2

UND Beats UNO, 4-1

The 2021 college hockey season is quickly winding down, and the University of North Dakota is closing in on another National Collegiate Hockey Conference title. After beating the Omaha Mavericks 4-1 on Friday night, the Fighting Hawks are in the driver’s seat for winning a second consecutive Penrose Cup.

Here are the standings. The top three teams in the NCHC have all played 21 games, and UND leads second-place St. Cloud by seven points. The Hawks are eight-point clear of third-place Minnesota-Duluth. With a win on Saturday, they will wrap up a second straight Penrose Cup and the program’s fourth overall.

Adam Scheel Returns to the Lineup

After missing last Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury, junior goalie Adam Scheel was back between the pipes on Friday night for the Fighting Hawks. Against the Omaha Mavericks, Scheel was outstanding stopping 24-of-25 shots and helping UND win their 16th game of the season. With the win, UND is 16-4-1 (.785).

It wasn’t an easy win by any means. UND started slowly in the first period and gained momentum as the game progressed. Scheel was sharp all game and made some big saves while the Mavericks were pressing hard on the power play in the first period.

“He had to make some tough saves early in the first,” head coach Brad Berry said. “They had a power play. They were zipping around a little bit. He had to make some key saves, at key times. An unfortunate bounce on the goal against, but you know it’s a situation where it is what it is. He played a solid 60-minute game and that’s what he’s been doing consistently throughout the year. He’s done a good job of preparing for each and every game.”

With the win, Scheel improves to (14-3-1, 1.88 GAA and a .925 save percentage). Scheel leads the NCHC in wins, goals-against average, shutouts, and winning percentage. He’s second in the NCHC in save percentage (among goalies that have played 13 or more games).

With a win on Saturday, UND will clinch at least a share of the Penrose Cup. It won’t be easy, however, the Fighting Hawks are 25-1 in the last 26 games they’ve played in the Ralph Englestad Arena.

“It’s not going to come easy tomorrow,” Berry said. “We’re playing a team that’s 5-0 in back-to-back games this year, they haven’t lost in their second of a back-to-back. I firmly believe our guys are going to be excited, and you have an opportunity to do that at home in front of our fans. It’s going to be a hard-fought battle; we know that going in. It’s going to be a situation where we’re going to have to play our best game to get a win tomorrow.”

Jasper Weatherby Red-Hot

Junior forward Jasper Weatherby has been on a hot streak. Currently, he’s on a five-game goal-scoring streak.  In the last five games, the Ashland, Oregon native has scored six goals and seven points. Weatherby now has eight goals and 12 points. Finally, Weatherby has made the most of his shots scoring on 17.7% of them.

UND and UNO play game two of the series at 6:07 PM Saturday night.

Past Penrose Cup Winners

  • 2013-14 St. Cloud State Huskies.
  • 2014-15 University of North Dakota.
  • 2015-16 University of North Dakota.
  • 2016-17 Denver Pioneers.
  • 2017-18 St. Cloud State Huskies.
  • 2018-19 St. Cloud State Huskies.
  • 2019-20 University of North Dakota

Thome Backstops UND to 5-2 Win Over DU

UND senior goalie Peter Thome hasn’t played a lot during the 2020-21 season. He hadn’t played in a game since January 17, 2021. Entering Saturday’s game against the Denver Pioneers, Thome didn’t expect to play. With Adam Scheel being held out, due to a lower-body injury, Thome got the nod. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native made the most of his opportunity, getting his second win of the season and helping the Fighting Hawks solidify their lead atop of the NCHC standings.

“I originally thought I wasn’t going to play,” Thome said. “I talked to Sheeler last night after the game he thought it was just a charley horse, a dead-leg type of thing and he’d be good for today. I knew there was a chance, so, I just prepared like I was going to. Bub’s came and told me that he’s having trouble putting weight on it.”

Thome battled rust early, but settled down and looked pretty comfortable as the game progressed. He stopped 18-of-20 shots, 13 in the first period.  In the third period, Thome only faced two shots. UND faced a five-on-three penalty kill but the Pioneers nothing got through to the UND net. The players in front of him did a great job limiting the Pioneers offensive opportunities.

“I couldn’t be happier for him. Peters a guy that’s a team guy,” head coach Brad Berry said. “He works his tail off, and his career hasn’t been the easiest for him here at North Dakota. When he’s got an opportunity, he’s usually made the most of it.

“Coming in after not playing in a while. I know our guys were fired up. I think it was kind of a thing when we knew today that he was going into the lineup, you know guys were very happy. They wanted to play hard for him, and you can see it, especially the last 40 minutes, digging in for him. He made some big saves.  It’s nice to know that he come in and do the job anytime.”

Thome’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates.

“That guy works so hard,” Jasper Weatherby said. “He’s always worked on his game. Some guys don’t get to play as much. I avoid positions like that, but he works so hard.”

For most of the season, UND has gotten balanced scoring from their forward lines. Saturday against Denver, it was no different. The Hawks got two goals from Jasper Weatherby, and goals from Shane Pinto, Collin Adams, and Judd Caulfield. After going pointless in six games, Weatherby has scored five goals and six points in the last four games. With his goal on Saturday, Pinto extended his point streak to six games,  scoring nine goals and 11 points.

The question that everyone wants to know: how long is Scheel going to be out? Berry said that if this had been an NCHC playoff game or an NCAA game, he probably would’ve played.

“I haven’t seen him since probably early afternoon here but I would probably say it’s very, very, very, short term, I would say he’s day-to-day but I would say he’d be ready for next week.”

With the win, the Fighting Hawks improve to 15-4-1 and lead the NCHC with 44 points. Here are the updated standings. The St Cloud State Huskies are in second place with 40 points. After being swept, Duluth slips to third place with 39 points. The Omaha Mavericks sit in fourth place with 38 points. With UND sweeping DU, SCSU splitting with Miami, and WMU sweeping UMD, it looks like the Hawks are closing in on a second straight Penrose Cup.

Next weekend, the Hawks entertain the Omaha Mavericks. The Hawks play four games against the Mavericks, three of them will be at the Ralph.

Hawks Runover Mavericks, 6-2

On Friday, the University of North Dakota hockey team was in Omaha, Nebraska, to faceoff against the Omaha Mavericks in a pivotal two-game conference matchup. Recently, this series has grown into an intense rivalry. The two teams despise each other. The good news, the two teams play each other five more times this season. With that said, the games have been entertaining, emotional battles. Friday’s game was no different 1,429 fans left Baxter arena having watched a hard-fought NCHC hockey game.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a battle,” forward Shane Pinto said. “They play hard. There’s kind of a little rivalry brewing, and we got them five more times so it’s not going to get any prettier. We’ve just got to stick to our game and we’ve just got to stay disciplined.”

Disciplined. On Friday night, UND’s play was anything but disciplined. As a team, UND took two major penalties and the two teams combined for 56 minutes in penalties. Add to that, there were no less than five video reviews. That can slow down a team’s momentum.

“That’s why it’s incumbent upon the players in the staff to stay focused,” head coach Brad Berry said. “When you have penalties some guys don’t get on the ice. You’ve got to do a good job and be mentally attached to the game and know that your next shift, you’ve got to be ready to bring it. Again it’s tough, but that’s the way it is. We’ll have to make sure that we stay focused here when those things do happen.”

Rocking Penalty Kill

This season, UND has had a parade to the penalty box. Eventually, taking a lot of penalties could come back to bite the Hawks. Fortunately, last night it didn’t. Recently, the Hawks penalty kill has killed 47 of 49 opponent power plays. Both teams have phenomenal penalty kills. The Mavericks penalty kill has killed 49 of the last 49 opponent power plays.

UND doesn’t want to have to rely on their penalty kill every game and will want to limit the number of penalties they take.

“We knew it was going to be a battle, obviously, we play similar games,” senior forward Grant Mismash said. “Tomorrow, we want to limit the penalties and the stuff after the whistle, but you know it happens.”

“We’ll address that tomorrow in our morning meeting,” Berry said.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Why is this such an intense series? Really? Is this series much different that playing Denver or Duluth? Last season, the series really heated up on the ice.

“I don’t know if it’s any different from playing Duluth and Denver,” Berry said. “That’s the beauty of our league. It’s a very competitive, intense league with good players. That’s what you’re going to get.”

With last night’s 6-2 win, the Hawks are 7-3-0 (.700) in the last 10 games against the Mavericks. In the last two games against the Mavericks, the Hawks have outscored them 11-2.

Balanced Scoring

At the 2:06 mark of the second period, UND trailed UNO 2-1. That was all for the Mavericks. The Fighting Hawks took off, and scored five unanswered goals to blow out Omaha 6-2. When it was all said and done, Pinto had another multi-point game. That makes three in a row (4g-2a—6pts). After Friday’s game, Pinto leads the NCHC in points with nine goals and 21 points. Finally, Pinto has eight multi-point games this season.

On Friday, UND received balanced scoring from their forward lines as Cooper Moore, Shane Pinto, Mark Senden, Grant Mismash, Jasper Weatherby and Judd Caulfield all scored for the Hawks.

Caulfield is on a hot streak. Over the past two games, the Grand Forks native has scored two goals and three points. Last night, he had his first multi-point game of the season, a goal and an assist. Caulfield stole the puck from former teammate Jonny Tychonick and deposited the puck behind Maverick goalie Isaiah Saville.

Everyone Buying In

In hockey, to be successful, teams have to buy in and be on the same page. Moreover, your best players have to be your best players. So far this season, UND’s best players have been good, game in and game out.

“I don’t think there’s been a whole lot of times that our top players have been passengers on our team,” Berry said. “They’ve led the charge, and we need to continue that. That’s why they’re leaders on the team. When you look at (Jordan) Kawaguchi, Mishmash, and (Collin) Adams and those type of players that came back their senior year. Yeah, they feel they feel that they have to do it, and lead by example and they’ve been doing that.”

Coach Speak

“There’s a rivalry there,” Omaha head coach Mike Gabinet said.” You can tell it’s apparent, but you’ve got to have emotional control out there and pick your spots when you get involved. There’s a lot of emotions out there it was a spirted game.”

“I think it was a hard-fought win,” Berry said. “We found a way to grind it down and get the win.

With the win, UND improved to 13-3-1 and leads the NCHC by five points over SCSU 33 points. UMD is in third place with 30 points. With the loss, the Mavericks drop to fourth place  7-5-3, good for 27 points.

The same two teams on Saturday at 6:07 PM CT.

(Originally posted at Inside Hockey)

UND Hockey Team Is on a Mission

At first look, the University of North Dakota hockey has taken off where they left off. On March 12, 2020, the college hockey season came to a crashing end with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fast forward to the present, 12 games into the 2020-21 season, the UND hockey team is cruising along at a (.792) winning percentage. At this moment in time, that’s better than last season’s impressive (.771) winning percentage. This weekend, UND 9-2-1 takes on their heated rival the Denver Pioneers 4-7-1.

So far this season, the Fighting Hawks have played like a team that is on a mission. After being denied last season, they have played with even more vigor. If that’s possible?

The 2020-21 UND hockey team has something to prove. It’s an older, more experienced team, that hasn’t made the playoffs in a couple of seasons.

“We haven’t made the national tournament in a couple of years,” head coach Brad Berry said after sweeping the Colorado College Tigers. “We would have made it last year, but due to COVID, everything got shut down. These guys haven’t had a taste of it (NCAA tourney). I think there’s a burning desire in there to get back there and try to do something special.”

Like last season, there seems to be a lot of chemistry in the Hawks locker-room. They genuinely seem to like each other. That’s helpful if you want to survive a college hockey season.

“I would say we are a tight team that cares about each other,” Berry said. “We’ve got a lot of different personalities on our team. A lot of guys from different places. The guys like being together. They like being at the rink. They like hanging around each other.”

Take a penalty late in the game, no problem. Let’s go kill it.

“When we took that penalty late in the game, the first tendency was here we go,” Berry said. “We’ve got to kill a penalty. They have a great chance of scoring a goal.

“It wasn’t like that. Grant Mishmash took a penalty in the offensive zone. Let’s pick him up here. Let’s have his back. That’s a big deal when you have that on your team.”

Mr. Third Period

This season, senior forward Grant Mismash from Edina, MN, has taken his game to another level. His improvement is noticeable. Through 12 games, Mismash is three goals shy of a career-best. (During his freshman season, he scored nine goals and 22 points). Breaking it down further, he’s scored nine points in the last seven games (4g-5a—9pts). He’s also on a four-game points streak.

“He (Mismash) put himself in very good shape,” Berry said. “He prepared himself to get to that level. Now, it pushes him to play with a couple of guys who are pretty fast. His skating ability is much improved from last year. That line is clicking. When they play with pace. That’s a big deal.”

Mismash’s linemate, Collin Adams, has also gotten off to a great start during the 2020-21 season. Currently, Adams has scored five goals and 12 points. Adams, like Mismash, is on a six-game point streak scoring four goals and eight points.

This past week, Mismash was the NCHC Forward of the Week.

(Originally Posted at the Sports Daily)

UND vs DU Schedule Change; Now Sunday and Monday

First, the good news, the University of North Dakota will be traveling back to Colorado to take on the Denver Pioneers. Those games originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been moved to Sunday and Monday.

Due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Denver, those games were in question. However, Denver has passed their COVID-19 tests and are back on the ice. Even better news, CBS Sports Network will be carrying Monday’s game.

Per the NCHC Release: The North Dakota at Denver series, originally slated for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16. Will now take place on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 17-18. Both games will start at 7:07 p.m. MT, with Monday’s game now on CBS Sports Network, replacing the Jan. 15 UND-DU telecast that was scheduled.

For the weekend after, Colorado College will now make a return trip to North Dakota on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24, game is 6:07 pm CT for both games.

Here’s the UND hockey team’s schedule with the appropriate changes.

Jan. 17   at Denver                        8:07 PM
Jan. 18   at Denver                        8:07 PM
Jan. 23   COLORADO COLLEGE 6:07 PM
Jan. 24   COLORADO COLLEGE 6:07 PM
Jan. 29   at Omaha                        7:37 PM
Jan. 30   at Omaha                        6:07 PM
Feb. 5    DENVER                        7:37 PM
Feb. 6    DENVER                       6:07 PM
Feb. 19  OMAHA                         7:37 PM
Feb. 20  OMAHA                         6:07 PM
Feb. 26  at Omaha                         7:07 PM
Mar. 5   OMAHA                          7:37 PM
Mar. 12-14          NCHC Quarterfinals
Mar. 19-20          NCHC Frozen Faceoff      (St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Mar. 26-27          NCAA Regionals               Fargo, N.D. (Scheels Arena)
Apr. 8-10              NCAA Frozen Four           Pittsburgh, Pa.

Duluth Suffer COVID-19 Outbreak

Last night, UMD radio PxP announcer Bruce Ciskie was alluding to an announcement today on his Twitter feed. This has to be what he was talking about.

Due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing, and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Minnesota Duluth hockey program, this weekend’s Minnesota Duluth at Miami series, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, at Steve Cady Arena has been postponed. The series has been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30 in Oxford with game times set for 7:05 p.m. ET on Jan. 29 and 5:05 p.m. ET for the series finale.

Gaber Leads North Dakota Past Miami, 6-2

For 20-plus days, the NCHC has entertained their fans with non-stop hockey action. Due to Covid-19, the NCHC decided to start the regular season in a pod, similar to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Eight NCHC teams traveled to Omaha to kick off the regular season. Looking back it was a great move by the NCHC. The action on the ice was fast and furious and fans bing watched college hockey for 21 days. It appears that the fans enjoyed being able to watch college hockey again after a 270-day hiatus. Albeit, there’s one more game left in the pod. Monday, Colorado College plays Omaha at 12:05.

“Going through something that nobody’s ever experienced,” UND head coach Brad Berry said. “The NCHC, Josh Fenton, and Michael Weisman did an outstanding job here of putting a controlled environment, professionally done, and everybody adhered to the protocol, kudos to them. It was a great experience.”

After Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Miami RedHawks, Berry thought the Omaha Pad was a great experience for his team.

“You’re forced to be with each other 24-7,” Berry said. “It’s like a family. You’re with each other all the time. I enjoyed it. I know it’s situational where’s there’s a lot of sacrifice by a lot of people. It was the best chance for us to get 10 games under our belt.

“I think our guys had a good experience. They made the best of it. We came down here and said ‘hey,’ we’ve got to be positive. You’ve got to make sure that you have a good mindset each and every day. Our guys did.”

The players echoed their head coach’s sentiments.

“A lot of good memories, freshman forward Riese Gaber said. “I enjoyed this process. It was a ton of fun. We had a good setup. Having the schedule that we did, throughout the 20 days, it was a lot, but at the same time, we got to play a lot of hockey.”

Riese Gaber Shines

One of the stories to emerge from the pod is the play of freshman forward Riese Gaber. Through 10 games, Gaber has scored seven goals and nine points. He leads the team in goals and has played on the first line with Shane Pinto and Jordan Kawaguchi. I asked Berry if he thought Gaber would make this big of an impact this early.

“We thought he’d make an impact, but you never know how much of magnitude early on, Berry said. He’s made a great impact early on. It was one of those things where goals are hard to come by. Both five-on-five and power play, and he’s taken full advantage of that.”

If you didn’t watch today’s game, Gaber scored two beautiful goals helping propel UND past Miami.

“I’m pretty happy with my goal scoring production,” Riese Gaber said. “The coaches have a ton of confidence in me and give me lots of opportunities. I’ve got to make the most of that opportunity. I’ve been fortunate to have some good linemates and be able to do that.”

For the first half of the game, the two teams played to a 2-2 tie.  Then the Fighting Hawks took the game over. The Hawks scored four goals during the second period and one in the third.

“I think we got out-competed tonight,” Miami forward Jack Clement said. “We gave them way too many odd-man rushes, and against a team like that, they’re going to make you pay.”

(Official Box Score)

Multi-point games

Ethan Frisch (1g-1a–2pts)
Grant Mismash (0g-2a–2pts), has seven points in the last five games (2g-5a–7pts).
Riese Gaber (2g-1a–3pts)

North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth Battle in Omaha, Tie 2-2

Sometimes change is good. On Thursday night, the University of North Dakota men’s hockey changed up their forward lines. The first thing that jumped off of the lineup chart; Brad Berry broke up the top line of Grant Mismash, Collin Adams, and Jordan Kawaguchi. In its place, Berry put Riese Gaber, Shane Pinto, and Kawaguchi on the top line. That line would finish with two goals and four points.

Through four games, UND hasn’t played bad, Berry just wanted to get another look from his forward lines.

“We just wanted to try and push our guys a little bit, in situations of playing with other guys early in the season trying to see if we can build some chemistry, Berry said. “I thought that line (Gaber, Pinto, and Kawaguchi) played pretty well. I thought all the lines play pretty well getting some chances. We had a lot of grade-A and grade-B chances in front of the net. We just didn’t finish tonight.”

The changes would pay dividends. With the Bulldogs clinging to a one-goal lead, freshman forward Riese Gaber would score his third goal of the season.

At the 12:24 mark of the third period, Pinto would give UND a brief 2-1 lead.  From the left faceoff dot, Pinto pounded home a one-timer from Matt Kiersted. Through five games, Pinto leads the Fighting Hawks in scoring with (3-g-4a–7pts).

That lead didn’t last very long. With 3:25 remaining in the game, Bulldogs forward Cole Koepke picked up a buried the equalizer. Tie game 2-2.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of weathering the storm,” Berry said. “Then I thought, from the 10-minute mark of the first through the rest of the game. I felt we did what we had to do. Heavy on the fore-check, and pucks in the offensive zone. We didn’t play a lot in our end of the rink. I thought we did all the right things to deserve a win tonight, and we didn’t. We didn’t close out the game tonight in the last few minutes, and we need to be better at that.”

In the post-game press conference, Gaber echoed his coaches sentiments.

“I think the two things that have killed us so far have been our discipline, and we gave up a few late goals,” Gaber said. “Good teams find a way to win no matter what. So, just managing the game and learning to close out games is going to be huge for us. Once we kind of figured out, I think we’ll be rolling.”

For the second game in a row, UND’s lack of discipline proved costly.

“We went up 2-1 late in the game, and then we take a penalty in the last few minutes of the third period there to give them momentum,” Berry said. “They didn’t score, but they got momentum a little bit. Then a d-zone face-off, we didn’t get a clear there, and got kind of hemmed in, and whack the puck is in the net. It’s one of those things and details on how to close up games come from discipline and finishing off on a d-zone faceoff clear.”

The two teams would play to a 2-2 tie. The Bulldogs would take the extra point in the shootout.

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