North Dakota edged the Colorado College Tigers 5-3 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday to earn the weekend sweep in Grand Forks, North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
With scoring from six different individuals throughout the weekend, UND proved to have the depth and start the second half of season play just like most planned.
Mark MacMillan(Montreal Canadiens), Michael Parks (Philadelphia Flyers) , Bryn Chyzyk, and Dillon Simpson (Edmonton Oilers) all scored on Friday's game, and MacMillan, Keaton Thompson (Anaheim Ducks), and Rocco Grimaldi (Florida Panthers) found the back of the net on Saturday night.
Of those individuals, Parks, Simpson, and Chyzyk all were sporting three-point weekend was all was said and done.
Colorado College's problems continue to cause issues came after game as they just cannot seem to score goals.
Don't get me wrong, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jaccob Slavin is doing a helluva job burying pucks, but as a defenseman, he shouldn't have led the series in goals scored with three.
It's been six games since the Tigers have found any sort of victory, and with games against Providence and Miami on deck and in the hole, Colorado College has to find scoring answers very quickly or they're going to end up with a two-win season.
Now on a seven game winning streak, North Dakota is quickly being found on more and more college hockey radars, especially as the second half of the season is coming around.
1st Period - UND (7:36) Mark MacMillan from Jordan Schmaltz and Dillon Simpson
1st Period - CC (11:45) Gustav Olofsson from Peter Stoykewych and Charlie Taft
2nd Period - UND (4:49) Michael Parks from Bryn Chyzyk
2nd Period - UND (5:35) Bryn Chyzyk from Wade Murphy and Connor Gaarder
2nd Period - UND (19:54) GWG Dillon Simpson from Luke Johnson and Rocco Grimaldi
3rd Period - CC (2:21) Jaccob Slavin from Aaron Harstad and Cody Bradley
3rd Period - CC (4:52) PPG Jaccob Slavin from Peter Stoykewych and Aaron Harstad
3rd Period - UND (17:43) PPG Michael Parks from Nick Mattson and Troy Stecher
1st Period - UND (11:09) 4x4 Mark MacMillan from Michael Parks and Dillon Simpson
2nd Period - CC (19:36) PPG Alexander Krushelnyski from Aaron Harstad and Peter Stoykewych
3rd Period - CC (1:16) PPG Jaccob Slavin from Alexander Krushelnyski and Sam Rothstein
3rd Period - UND (6:16) Keaton Thompson from Bryn Chyzyk and Colten St. Clair
3rd Period - UND (8:20) GWG Rocco Grimaldi
Zane Gotherberg (UND): 3-10-7 = 20 (3 GA) - W
Josh Thorimbert (CC): 6-12-5 = 23 (5 GA) - L
Zane Gotherberg (UND): 10-6-5 = 21 (2 GA) - W
Josh Thorimbert (CC): 6-13-3 = 22 (3 GA) - L
- Saturday's win was coach Dave Hakstol's 150th conference victory at UND.
- Colorado College's powerplay proved impressive after scoring on 3 three of six oppurtunities, while North Dakota was only able to convert on one of eight chances.
- Colorado College has dropped a total of six one-goal games thus far this season.
- North Dakota senior Derek Rodwell played in his 100th career game on Friday night.
- Saturday's game was Hakstol's 411th behind the UND bench, putting him in second place with one game over Dean Blais.
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