The quick rundown: UND 5, Colorado College 1
UND 5, Colorado College 1
The story: UND grabbed a series split, routing Colorado College to move into a third-place tie with Western Michigan in NCHC standings. Joel Janatuinen, who entered the game on a seven-game point drought, scored twice. Shane Gersich, Austin Poganski and Grant Mismash each added a goal and an assist and Peter Thome won in his first start in a month.
Three stars: 1. Janatuinen, UND, 2 goals; 2. Thome, UND, 20 saves; 3. Shane Gersich, goal, assist.
Did you notice: A red blimp was flying around Ralph Engelstad Arena for the first time in about 10 years. The blimp made its debut for the Colorado College game.
Lineup notes: UND played without its second- and third-line centers Nick Jones and Ludvig Hoff. Jones missed his fourth-straight game with an undisclosed injury. Hoff is in South Korea to play for Norway in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Defenseman Gabe Bast missed his fifth game in a row with an injury, too. UND put its big top line of Gersich, Rhett Gardner and Poganski together. They had 13 points in the last two games they played together (Bemidji State, Omaha) entering Saturday and they added to that total. Casey Johnson played his second game at forward in place of Collin Adams. Thome made his second start of the second half of the season.
Updated records: UND 13-9-8 (7-7-4 NCHC), Colorado College 12-12-4 (6-9-3).
Up next: UND plays at Omaha at 6:37 p.m. Friday night. The game is televised by CBS Sports Network.
UND 5, COLORADO COLLEGE 1
First period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Josh Rieger, UND, tripping, 9:06; Joel Janatuinen, UND, elbowing, 16:53
Second period -- 1. UND, Joel Janatuinen 3 (Shane Gersich 13, Christian Wolanin 15) 9:23 (pp); 2. UND, Shane Gersich 9 (Austin Poganski 7, Wolanin 16) 16:48 (pp). Penalties -- Ben Israel, CC, interference, 3:08; Zach Yon, UND, interference, 5:47; Troy Conzo, CC, hooking, 7:18; Cole McCaskill, CC, tripping, 8:24; Christiano Versich, CC, slashing, 10:40; Hayden Shaw, UND, boarding, 13:06; Kade Kehoe, CC, tripping, 16:26; Rhett Gardner, UND, kneeing, 18:50; Gardner, UND, 10-minute misconduct, 18:50
Third period -- 3. UND, Poganski 10 (Johnny Simonson 2) :57; 4. CC, Nick Halloran 17 (Troy Conzo 8, Versich 14) 6:36; 5. UND, Joel Janatuinen 4 (Jordan Kawaguchi 9, Grant Mismash 11) 9:35; 6. UND, Mismash 7 (Trevor Olson 6, Matt Kiersted 4) 11:43. Penalties -- Halloran, CC, hooking, 9:35; Kehoe, CC, roughing, 15:37; Kehoe, CC, cross-checking, 15:37; Kehoe, CC, 10-minute misconduct, 15:37; Hayden Shaw, UND, roughing, 15:37; Shaw, UND, 10-minute misconduct, 15:37
Goalie saves -- UND: Peter Thome 6-10-4 -- 20; CC: Alex Leclerc 9-10-6 -- 25
Penalties-minutes -- UND 8-32, CC 9-26
Power plays -- UND 2-7, CC 0-5
Attendance -- 11,860
Referees -- Scott Bokal and Andy Thackaberry