Late goal lifts UND past St. Lawrence
Collin Adams insists he wasn't picking a spot.
He said he was just looking to one-time a shot high on net.
Forgive his teammates if they don't believe him.
Adams finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play by picking the corner of the net with just 3 minutes, 49 seconds to go, lifting UND to a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
It was the latest show of offense from the UND rookie from Brighton, Mich.
Adams scored in UND's 3-2 win over Alaska Anchorage a week ago and came through late in the third period Saturday when the Fighting Hawks needed it most.
After a night of struggles on the power play, sophomore defenseman Colton Poolman made a tremendous hold at the blue line, knocking down a clearing attempt. The East Grand Forks Senior High graduate then sent the puck across the rink to Christian Wolanin at the other point.
Wolanin quickly fired it to Joel Janatuinen behind the red line, Janatuinen one-touch passed it to Adams in the slot and the rookie one-timed it past goalie Arthur Brey's shoulder.
"It was a special moment hearing all the fans scream like that," Adams said. "It was amazing."
Berry, sporting a black eye after taking a puck in the face at practice this week, wasn't surprised that Adams finished it.
"He's a very gifted player when he has the puck and good things happen when it's on his tape," Berry said. "I've seen it time and time again in that situation, he can pick a corner. It was a timely goal for us. We needed it."
Poolman added: "He's got a lot of skill. He's quick and shifty down there and he can make guys miss. He's a finisher. You get guys like that in and around those areas and they find ways to score a goal every time. We need more of that."
The goal allowed UND to stay unbeaten at 2-0-1 this season, while St. Lawrence dropped to 0-3.
"Bottom line is that we found a way to win," Berry said. "It wasn't pretty. We have a lot of stuff to work on. I didn't think we sustained a lot of offensive zone play because we were inconsistent with our shifts from shift to shift. We'll re-evaluate off the tape tonight and we'll go after it tomorrow."
UND goalie Cam Johnson was sharp, stopping 20 of 21 shots, including a clean breakaway by Mike Marnell when the game was tied 1-1.
"Cam did a great job tonight," Berry said. "He made some tough saves at key times in the game. He held us in there. He was the reason we had a chance to win tonight and the guys found a way after that."
UND got on the board in the final seconds of the opening frame.
Poolman sent a pass up the left wall, where St. Lawrence defenseman Nolan Gluchowski tried to chip it at the blue line. His chip was intercepted by UND freshman Grant Mismash, though, and Mismash worked his way around the defender to get to the net.
Mismash attempted to go from left to right across the crease, but Brey poke-checked it off his stick. Brey's momentum carried him left, anyway, and Hoff swooped in to put the loose puck in an open net.
The Saints evened it with 5:12 left in the second period, converting on their third power-play chance of the game.
Jacob Pritchard spotted Gluchowski wide open at the right point. Gluchowski blasted a shot to the crease, where Cam Johnson made the initial save, but Joe Sullivan found a loose puck in the crease and poked it in the net to tie it.
It was the first power-play goal allowed on the season by UND, which was 8-for-8 last weekend in Anchorage.
But UND answered it with a power-play goal by Adams late.
"They're a good, hard heavy team and they battled back," Poolman said. "Overall, we found a way to win."
Notes: UND rookie defenseman Gabe Bast missed his third game recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. The Fighting Hawks also scratched forwards Johnny Simonson and Zach Yon and defenseman Josh Rieger. . . Midco Sports Network play-by-play announcer Alex Heinert became a father Thursday and missed the game. Greg Enkers filled in for him. . . Members from the 1987 NCAA national championship UND team were on hand for their 30-year reunion.