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UND lights up scoreboard on Saturday again in win over CC

UND's Cam Johnson makes a save against Colorado College's Westin Michaud on Saturday night during the Fighting Hawks' 6-4 win. Photo/Colorado College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—UND allowed twice as many goals Saturday night as it had in any game all season.

It wasn't a problem, though.

It was a Saturday night, and that means offense for the Fighting Hawks.

For the fourth straight week, UND tripled its production from Friday night to Saturday night, this time resulting in a 6-4 victory over Colorado College in World Arena.

On Friday nights this season, UND has scored: 1, 2, 1, 1—an average of 1.25 goals per game.

On Saturday nights, the Fighting Hawks have scored 3, 6, 4, 6—an average of 4.75 goals per game.

On Friday nights, UND is 1-2-1.

On Saturday nights, the Fighting Hawks are 4-0.

"It's driving us crazy," UND coach Brad Berry said. "It's not like we don't prepare for Friday nights. It's one of those things where, I think teams come out hard on Fridays and we have to make sure we try to do all the different things that give us a chance for success—all the details of our game. If you take a few shortcuts in those details, you're not usually on the right end of it. I thought tonight we did a lot more of those details than last night."

UND exploded for three goals in the span of 2 minutes, 1 second during the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a two-goal lead.

Freshman Grant Mismash was the first star of the game with two goals and a game-high nine shots on goal. UND also received goals from junior Nick Jones, rookies Gabe Bast and Jordan Kawaguchi and senior captain Austin Poganski, who finally broke through for his first point of the season.

"It has been a long time coming," said Poganski, who didn't even raise his arms to celebrate the goal. "I felt I was doing the right things tonight. It wasn't the prettiest goal—it was the grimiest goal ever—but I'll take it at this point."

Rhett Gardner, Shane Gersich and Christian Wolanin all had two assists.

"It kind of seems like the past few weekends, we've struggled on Friday and come back with a lot more urgency on Saturday," Poganski said. "We played a good game, not a great game. We had some really good opportunities and some really good periods of high energy and high emotion."

UND finally solved Tiger goalie Alex Leclerc, who stopped 71 of 72 shots in the two previous meetings against the Fighting Hawks—both Colorado College victories.

Leclerc allowed six goals on 33 shots.

"We played hard in between the dots," Mismash said. "That was our key. The coaches were talking to us about that. Go to the net, stay at the net and get your rebounds."

UND moved to 5-2-1 overall and 1-1 in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play, avoiding losing a two-game series to the Tigers, who have finished in the league's basement the last three years.

UND hasn't lost a series to Colorado College since January 2005—a span of 21 series.

The Tigers, who have been one of college hockey's surprises, fell to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in NCHC play.

The biggest concern for UND was the loss of two regular forwards to upper-body injuries in the second period.

Trevor Olson and Ludvig Hoff both left the game and didn't return. The Fighting Hawks played the third period with 10 forwards.

"They are warriors in the way they play, and for them not to play. . .," Berry said. "We're going to take a look at it when we get home."

UND travels to Wisconsin for a two-game series in the Kohl Center next weekend.

It will try to play Friday night's series opener like it played Saturday night in Colorado Springs.

"I thought we bounced back from last night," Mismash said. "We got the bounces we needed. We played hard down the middle. We scored on our chances. And it was good to see the result we got."

Notes: UND inserted sophomore forward Cole Smith and freshman defenseman Matt Kiersted into the lineup for rookie forward Collin Adams and sophomore defenseman Casey Johnson. UND also shuffled all four lines and two of the three defensive pairings.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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