No. 1 UND (21-3-3, 12-2-2 NCHC) opens its two-game series against No. 6 Denver (17-6-5, 7-5-4) at 7:37 p.m. Scroll down for full lines and the live chat.
Game time: 7:37 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network. Ben Holden play-by-play, Dave Starman color, Shireen Saski rinkside.
Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM). Tim Hennessy play-by-play, Steve Olson color.
UND 1, Denver 0 -- Shane Pinto (Jacob Bernard-Docker, Colton Poolman) 6:21. UND jumps out to the early lead when Bernard-Docker holds a puck along the boards, just a couple of inches from the blue line and sends it to the top of the crease, where Pinto fights off a check by Denver defenseman Ian Mitchell to re-direct it home for his 14th goal of the season.
UND 1, Denver 1 -- Bobby Brink (Ian Mitchell, Emilio Pettersen) 3:17 (pp). UND takes three penalties in the opening 22 minutes and the third comes back to bite the Fighting Hawks. Brink rockets a one-timer from the left circle to even the game.
UND 2, Denver 1 -- Matt Kiersted (Jordan Kawaguchi, Shane Pinto) 7:36 (pp). UND's top power-play unit stays red hot. Kawaguchi has the puck in the right circle, draws the defender to him, then leaves a pass for Kiersted at the point. Kiersted rifles a shot through a Westin Michaud screen to give UND the lead.
UND 3, Denver 1 -- Collin Adams (Grant Mismash, Jordan Kawaguchi) 16:36. UND gets rewarded for some of its tenacity in this game. Kawaguchi knocks the puck off the stick of a Pioneer player and sends it to the net, where Cooley fails to cover it. Mismash is skating past and pokes it out top the top of the crease, where Adams puts it in for No. 9 on the season.
UND 4, Denver 1 -- Jacob Bernard-Docker (Collin Adams) 11:14 (pp). UND's second power-play unit gets on the board when Adams steals a pass from Denver defenseman Michael Davies and feeds a wide open Bernard-Docker cutting down the slot. JBD picks his spot and finishes.
Defensemen Matt Kiersted and Gabe Bast are in the lineup, as expected, for UND. Kiersted missed the last two games. Gavin Hain is out with a lower-body injury he sustained in UND's last game 13 days ago. Harrison Blaisdell is taking Hain's spot on the "shutdown line," however, Denver spreads out its scoring (its top-three scoring forwards are all on different lines), so the shutdown might not be as critical as some other series where a single line is more of a focus. Peter Thome gets his fourth-straight start. He enters the game with a 4-0-1 record and a .928 save percentage. Devin Cooley is getting the start for Denver. Cooley had been starting Saturday nights the last three weeks. UND hasn't seen him yet this season. Freshman Magnus Chrona started both games in Denver. Hank Crone and Jack Doremus are the scratches on the trip for the Pioneers.
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16 Grant Mismash--18 Collin Adams--29 Jordan Kawaguchi
11 Westin Michaud--22 Shane Pinto--28 Judd Caulfield
8 Harrison Blaisdell--19 Mark Senden--26 Cole Smith
21 Jackson Keane--14 Jasper Weatherby--9 Dixon Bowen
6 Colton Poolman--24 Jacob Bernard-Docker
3 Matt Kiersted--15 Ethan Frisch
2 Gabe Bast--4 Andrew Peski
17 Jonny Tychonick
1 Peter Thome
31 Adam Scheel
35 Harrison Feeney
Out of the lineup: Gavin Hain (inj), Casey Johnson, Zach Yon, Carson Albrecht, Josh Rieger
20 Emilio Pettersen--19 Cole Guttman--12 Kohen Olischefski
13 Liam Finlay--7 Brett Stapley--18 Ryan Barrow
11 Tyler Ward--10 Jaakko Heikkinen--24 Bobby Brink
28 Brett Edwards--9 Tyson McLellan--16 Jake Durflinger
4 Griffin Mendel--15 Ian Mitchell
21 Michael Davies--27 Kyle Mayhew
32 Justin Lee--17 Slava Demin
2 Erich Fear
1 Devin Cooley
30 Magnus Chrona
Out of lineup and on trip: Hank Crone and Jack Doremus