UND is opening the regular season with a two-game series against Niagara in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Herald three stars

First star: Ashton Calder, 2 goals, 1 assist.

Second star: Riese Gaber, 3 assists.

Third star: Jake Schmaltz, 1 goal, 1 assist.

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First period

UND 1, Niagara 0 -- Ethan Frisch (Matteo Costantini, Ashton Calder) 2:56. Calder makes a nice play to hold the puck in the zone and tap it to an open Costantini, who spots Frisch pinching in from the point. Costantini makes a perfect feed and Frisch scores the first goal of the season.

UND 2, Niagara 0 -- Jake Schmaltz (Riese Gaber, Brent Johnson) 7:36. Gaber flies up the left side with speed, torches Niagara defenseman Zac Herrmann and creates an odd-man situation. Schmaltz makes himself available for the pass, collects it and finishes the first of his college career.

UND 3, Niagara 0 -- Ashton Calder (Riese Gaber, Jake Sanderson) 17:06 (pp). Calder, who scored a WCHA-leading 16 goals last year but none on the power play, gets on the board on the power play immediately with UND. Gaber cuts through the Niagara defense and gets a shot off. Niagara goalie Chad Veltri makes the save, but Calder is there to bury the rebound.

Second period

UND 4, Niagara 0 -- Ashton Calder (Jackson Kunz, Cooper Moore) 3:57. Kunz, the former Grand Forks Red River player, gets a good look from the slot, but misses wide. Kunz tracks down the rebound behind the net and makes a beautiful feed to Calder, who buries No. 2 of the game.

UND 5, Niagara 0 -- Jake Sanderson (Judd Caulfield) 17:06. Sanderson gets on the board for the first time this season, taking a pass from Caulfield, skating through the left circle and snapping a shot short side from a bad angle on Veltri.

Third period

UND 6, Niagara 0 -- Tyler Kleven (Riese Gaber, Jake Schmaltz) 5:08. UND generates a great scoring chance on a beautiful passing play from Schmaltz to Judd Caulfield to Gaber. Veltri denies that one, but Schmaltz gets the puck and gives it to Kleven, who winds up and hammers a one-timer through traffic and past Veltri for his first of the season.

UND 6, Niagara 1 -- Shane Ott (Mike Faulkner, Jon Hill) 11:37 (dp). Kleven takes an elbowing penalty, but before UND can touch up, Niagara gets on the board. Hill sends a pass to Faulkner, who is alone in the slot. Faulkner drills it off the post and Ott finishes off the rebound.

UND 6, Niagara 2 -- Ryan Naumovski (Albin Nilsson, Luke Edgerton) 12:28 (pp). The Purple Eagles tack on a second goal when Naumovski attempts a cross-ice pass that hits Frisch in the skate and gets behind UND goalie Zach Driscoll.

UND's lines

Forwards

19 Mark Senden--21 Connor Ford--16 Ashton Calder

17 Riese Gaber--8 Jake Schmaltz--28 Judd Caulfield

11 Griffin Ness--27 Louis Jamernik--13 Carson Albrecht

29 Jackson Kunz--18 Matteo Costantini--20 Nick Portz

Defensemen

26 Jake Sanderson--15 Ethan Frisch

7 Chris Jandric--25 Tyler Kleven

4 Cooper Moore--6 Brent Johnson

2 Brady Ferner

Goaltenders

33 Zach Driscoll

32 Jakob Hellsten

35 Harrison Feeney

Out of lineup: Gavin Hain (inj), Brendan Budy (inj), Dane Montgomery, Luke Bast, Kaleb Johnson

Niagara's lines

Forwards

8 Walker Sommer--9 Albin Nilsson--20 Christian Gorscak

26 Brandon Stanley--27 Jack DeBoer--14 Ryan Naumovski

10 Carter Randklev--19 Ryan Cox--17 Luke Edgerton

25 Jon Hill--12 Jason Pineo--21 Shane Ott

Defensemen

4 Chris Harpur--13 Zac Herrmann

22 Mike Faulkner--28 Jack Zielinski

24 Josef Mysak--3 Alexandre Roy

2 Jesse Pomeroy

Goaltenders

31 Chad Veltri

30 Jake Sibell

35 Michael Corson

Pregame notes

UND is without Gavin Hain (lower body, day to day) and Brendan Budy (lower body, week to week). Carson Albrecht moves into the lineup for Hain on the third line. . . Cooper Moore is back in after missing the exhibition with an upper-body injury. Luke Bast is out. Jakob Hellsten is dressing for the first time. He's the backup. Harrison Feeney is third. Brady Ferner stays in the lineup as the extra defenseman. . . Niagara's top two centers are both transfers — Albin Nilsson from Providence and Jack DeBoer from Boston University. Top-line left wing Walker Sommer is an Air Force transfer. . . Niagara is starting veteran Chad Veltri in net.

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