DENVER -- The series finale of the top-10 matchup between No. 9 North Dakota and No. 2 Denver -- teams with a combined record of 15-2-4 -- is set to begin at 8:07 p.m. Central time. The teams tied 1-1 in the series opener. UND grabbed the extra point by winning the 3x3 overtime.
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UND 1, Denver 0 -- Cole Smith (Jacob Bernard-Docker, Collin Adams) 12:59 (pp). UND converts its first power-play chance of the game with just six seconds left on the advantage. Adams has the puck at the right circle. He feeds it back to Bernard-Docker at the point, who hammers one to the top of the crease. Smith re-directs it.
UND 2, Denver 0 -- Josh Rieger (Judd Caulfield, Adam Scheel) 13:47. Rieger, a junior, scores his first-career goal on the next shift. Caulfield makes a tremendous feed from the left circle across to the right circle to Rieger in space. The defenseman, who was a late addition to the lineup, snapped one past Chrona's glove.
UND 3, Denver 0 -- Cole Smith 8:37 (sh). Smith picks the puck off of Denver forward Cole Guttman's stick in the neutral zone and takes it the other way on a breakaway. He makes a fake and slips the puck five-hole on Chrona for his second goal of the game.
UND 3, Denver 1 -- Emilio Pettersen (Slava Demin) 11:43. Seconds after UND kills off a second Denver five-minute major power play, including a five-on-three for a full two minutes, Demin finds Pettersen cutting to the net and connects.
UND 4, Denver 1 -- Westin Michaud 19:37 (en). Michaud ices it with an empty-netter from the defensive zone.
UND, looking for its first series victory in Magness since 2003, is breaking out its black jerseys for the second time this season. It also wore them for a season-opening win against Canisius. Jonny Tychonick is a late scratch for UND with an illness. Josh Rieger is coming into the lineup. UND moves Jasper Weatherby up to right wing on the second line and Harrison Blaisdell to left wing on the fourth line. Bowen moves to center on that fourth line and Judd Caulfield moves up to play a regular shift. Jackson Keane is the extra skater as Zach Yon moves out of the lineup. Denver's Justin Lee sustained an injury Friday and is out of the lineup. Erich Fear, Denver's extra skater, moves to a regular shift. The Pioneers also swapped right wingers on their top two lines. Full lines charts are below.
Friday reading: UND makes a change to its Denver travel plans
16 Grant Mismash--18 Collin Adams--29 Jordan Kawaguchi
11 Westin Michaud--22 Shane Pinto--14 Jasper Weatherby
10 Gavin Hain--19 Mark Senden--26 Cole Smith
8 Harrison Blaisdell--9 Dixon Bowen--28 Judd Caulfield
21 Jackson Keane
6 Colton Poolman--24 Jacob Bernard-Docker
3 Matt Kiersted--15 Ethan Frisch
20 Josh Rieger--4 Andrew Peski
31 Adam Scheel
1 Peter Thome
Scratches on trip: Jonny Tychonick (illness), Zach Yon
Not on trip: Gabe Bast (inj), Casey Johnson, Carson Albrecht, Harrison Feeney
20 Emilio Pettersen--19 Cole Guttman--13 Liam Finlay
37 Hank Crone--9 Tyson McLellan--12 Kohen Olischefski
28 Brett Edwards--7 Brett Stapley--24 Bobby Brink
11 Tyler Ward--10 Jaakko Heikkinen--16 Jake Durflinger
23 Lane Krenzen
4 Griffin Mendel--15 Ian Mitchell
17 Slava Demin--21 Michael Davies
27 Kyle Mayhew--2 Erich Fear
30 Magnus Chrona
1 Devin Cooley
31 Michael Corson
Out of lineup: Ryan Barrow (inj), Justin Lee (inj), Jay Feiwell, Jack Doremus