Game day final: Denver 3, UND 2

Game 4 of the NCHC Pod for the Fighting Hawks.

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From left: North Dakota forward Mark Senden (19) checks Denver forward Brett Edwards (28) as North Dakota forward Griffin Ness (11) and Denver defenseman Slava Demin (17) recover from slamming into the boards in the first period Friday, Dec. 4, at Baxter Arena in the NCHC Pod in Omaha. Tyler Schank / Forum News Service

OMAHA, Neb. -- UND played Denver on Tuesday afternoon in its fourth of 10 games at the NCHC Pod in Omaha's Baxter Arena.

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No. 1 UND vs. No. 9 Denver

When: 3:35 p.m.

Where: Baxter Arena.

TV: Midco Sports Network (GF Ch. 27/622 HD).


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First period

Denver 1, UND 0 -- McKade Webster (Antti Tuomisto, Ryan Barrow) 12:37 (pp). UND defenseman Gabe Bast takes a bad penalty after the whistle, slashing a Pioneer player's stick and it costs the Fighting Hawks. Tuomisto blasts one from the point that takes a long bounce off the end wall and Webster puts it behind UND goalie Adam Scheel before he can get back.

Denver 2, UND 0 -- Kohen Olischefski (Brett Edwards) 13:37. Denver tacks on a second goal in the span of a minute as Edwards steals the puck from Judd Caulfield behind the net and feeds Olischefski in the slot to make it 2-0.

Denver 2, UND 1 -- Jordan Kawaguchi (Matt Kiersted, Shane Pinto) 14:21 (pp). Pinto's dominance in the faceoff circle pays off. He wins a draw clean back to Kiersted at the point. Kiersted feeds Kawaguchi at the top of the right circle. The senior from Abbotsford blasts a one-timer past Denver goalie Magnus Chrona for his second goal of the season. It extends Kawaguchi's point streak to four games. He has a point in every game this season.


Second period

Denver 2, UND 2 -- Collin Adams (Matt Kiersted, Shane Pinto) 19:35 (pp). UND takes advantage of a power play late in the period when Kiersted's point shot lands near the crease and Adams finds it and puts it home for his first of the season.

Third period

Denver 3, UND 2 -- Carter Savoie (Cole Guttman, Brett Stapley) 17:58 (pp). With just 20 seconds left on a major penalty to Brendan Budy, Guttman sent Savoie in a rush up the left side. Savoie picked the far-side corner of the net for his fifth goal in his first four games.

UND's lines


16 Grant Mismash--18 Collin Adams--29 Jordan Kawaguchi

10 Gavin Hain--22 Shane Pinto--17 Riese Gaber


9 Brendan Budy--14 Jasper Weatherby--28 Judd Caulfield

21 Jackson Keane--19 Mark Senden--11 Griffin Ness

13 Carson Albrecht


3 Matt Kiersted--24 Jacob Bernard-Docker

2 Gabe Bast--15 Ethan Frisch

4 Cooper Moore--20 Josh Rieger



31 Adam Scheel

1 Peter Thome

35 Harrison Feeney

Out of lineup: Harrison Blaisdell (inj), Jake Sanderson (WJC), Tyler Kleven (WJC)

Denver's lines


8 Carter Savoie--19 Cole Guttman--12 Kohen Olischefski

11 Steven Jandric--7 Brett Stapley--18 Ryan Barrow

10 Jaakko Heikkinen--22 Connor Caponi--16 Jake Durflinger


28 Brett Edwards--6 McKade Webster--26 Jack Doremus


4 Griffin Mendel--32 Justin Lee

27 Kyle Mayhew--3 Antti Tuomisto

14 Bo Hanson--20 Mike Benning

17 Slava Demin


30 Magnus Chrona


33 Corbin Kaczperski

31 Jack Caruso

Out of lineup: Bobby Brink (WJC), Hank Crone, Lane Krenzen, Reid Irwin

Pregame notes

UND forward Harrison Blaisdell is out due to an injury he sustained in the third period of Sunday's game against Western Michigan. Freshman defensemen Jake Sanderson and Tyler Kleven are gone at the U.S. World Junior camp. So, every healthy body is in the lineup for UND. . . The Fighting Hawks are keeping their top three lines together. . . Adam Scheel is starting in net for the third time in four games this season. . . Denver goalie Corbin Kaczperski, a transfer from Yale, is eligible for the first time Tuesday. He's backing up Magnus Chrona.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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