MINNEAPOLIS -- UND hasn't had many nights like this in 3M Arena at Mariucci.
In fact, nobody has.
UND became the first opponent to score nine goals against Minnesota in Mariucci since it opened in 1993 during a 9-3 Thanksgiving Day rout of the Gophers.
Eight different players scored goals as a relentless and sharp UND team took advantage of a bad night from the Gopher defensemen to send the writers deep into the record books to research statistics.
A bunch of them are in this game story: UND issues historic beatdown of rival Minnesota
All of the goal videos are in the GameCenter: GameCenter final: UND 9, Minnesota 3
Jordan Kawaguchi continues to lead the way for UND. He's now the third-leading scorer in the nation (21 points), only behind Providence linemates Jack Dugan (29) and Tyce Thompson (22). He's only five points shy of his total from last season, which led the team.
But the big story is UND's balanced attack.
There are three players tied for the team lead in goals with six: Kawaguchi, Westin Michaud and Cole Smith. They all play on different lines.
There are three players one goal back with five: Collin Adams, Shane Pinto and Dixon Bowen. They all play on different lines.
Also consider that Bowen is one goal away from leading the team and he's on the "fourth line" right now, which has just two fewer goals this season than UND's second line.
There's also the odd stat that UND's power play has scored a goal in seven-straight games, but its leading goal-scorer and overall scorer, Kawaguchi, doesn't have a power-play goal this season.
UND's power-play goal scorers in the last five games: Colton Poolman, Pinto, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Smith and Jasper Weatherby. Five different players.
This UND team has already accomplished some rare feats, like winning a series in Denver for the first time since 2003.
Now the question is whether UND can grab one more win in Mariucci and become just the second UND team since 1979-80 to sweep in Minneapolis. The only UND team to do it in the last 40 college hockey seasons was 2006-07.
Eight UND teams all-time have swept in Minneapolis. Six of them ended up going to the Frozen Four. See the full chart below.
"Have a short memory," Pinto said after Thursday's game. "Can't really dwell on this game. We kind of just have to move on and reset. It's a new game tomorrow. You never know what happens in college hockey."
Indeed. There was a series earlier this month where American International beat Mercyhurst 12-0 in the opener, then lost the following afternoon.
Other stats and notes
- The last time Minnesota gave up nine goals at home was October 1989, when Minnesota Duluth scored nine.
- UND is now on a 10-game unbeaten streak. Its last 10-game unbeaten streak was during the 2013-14 season (9-0-1). The last time UND hit 11 games in an unbeaten streak was the 2010-11 team, which had a 15-game run (14-0-1) that ended against Michigan at the Frozen Four.
- The Fighting Hawks have now scored a touchdown-plus three times this season: seven against Miami, eight against Canisius and nine against Minnesota. The last time UND scored three touchdowns in a season was 2010-11 team (Matt Frattin's senior season), which put up eight and 11 against Michigan Tech and eight against Robert Morris. The last team to score more touchdowns than three was 2008-09, which did it four times (Cornell, St. Cloud State, Denver and Harvard).
- It's wild considering UND's offensive struggles a year ago, but the Fighting Hawks rank No. 4 nationally in offense, averaging 4.21 goals per game. Only Harvard (5.50), Penn State (4.62) and Cornell (4.50) are averaging more.
- Seven UND players have matched or surpassed their point total from last season: Adams, Mismash, Weatherby, Jonny Tychonick, Bowen, Andrew Peski and Josh Rieger.
- UND now has four of the top eight nationally in plus-minus: 1. Adams +16, 2. Kawaguchi +15, 5t. Matt Kiersted and Peski +12.
- The Fighting Hawks have now scored power-play goals in seven-straight games.
- Judd Caulfield has three assists on the season. All three have been primary assists on terrific plays. He also, once again, showed his high-end skill level by walking around a Gopher defenseman in the first period to create a scoring chance. That's the second game in a row he's made a play like that.
- Zach Yon tallied his first point of the season against his father Bill's alma mater. That leaves Casey Johnson and Carson Albrecht (who hasn't played yet this season) as UND's only skaters without a point.
UND teams that have swept the Gophers in Minneapolis
1954-55 (14-13-1, missed NCAA tournament)
1962-63 (NCAA national championship team)
1964-65 (NCAA Frozen Four team)
1966-67 (NCAA Frozen Four team)
1967-68 (NCAA Frozen Four team)
1971-72 (21-14-1, missed NCAA tourmament)
1979-80 (NCAA national championship team)
2006-07 (NCAA Frozen Four team)