UND and Niagara concluded their two-game series Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Herald three stars

First star: Jake Schmaltz, 2 goals.

Second star: Jake Sanderson, 1 goal, 1 assist.

Third star: Zach Driscoll, 18 saves, first UND shutout.

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First period

UND 1, Niagara 0 -- Jake Schmaltz (Judd Caulfield) 1:08. UND welcomes Niagara goalie Jake Sibell to college hockey by scoring 68 seconds into the game. Caulfield makes a tremendous 360-spin pass to an open Schmaltz, who snipes his second goal in as many games.

Second period

UND 2, Niagara 0 -- Jake Schmaltz (Chris Jandric, Tyler Kleven) 6:28 (pp). UND's second power-play unit is all over Niagara with chances. Sibell loses his glove in the madness around the crease and the Fighting Hawks take advantage. Schmaltz gets the puck at the top and passes to Jandric in the left circle. Jandric gives it right back and Schmaltz hammers a one-timer past Sibell's gloveless hand.

UND 3, Niagara 0 -- Jake Sanderson (Connor Ford, Ashton Calder) 11:43. UND puts Sanderson on the ice for a four-on-four and he takes advantage. Ford gives Sanderson the puck at the bottom of the left circle. Sanderson dangles across the top of the crease, moves it to his backhand and flips it home.

Third period

UND 4, Niagara 0 -- Riese Gaber (Jake Sanderson, Connor Ford) 17:01 (pp). UND tacks on another power-play goal when Sanderson leaves the puck for Gaber at the top of the right circle and Gaber snaps one through a Judd Caulfield screen for his first of the season.

UND's lines


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


26 Jake Sanderson--15 Ethan Frisch

7 Chris Jandric--25 Tyler Kleven

4 Cooper Moore--6 Brent Johnson

2 Brady Ferner


33 Zach Driscoll

32 Jakob Hellsten

1 Kaleb Johnson

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

Niagara's lines


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

11 Olivier Gauthier


4 Chris Harpur--13 Zac Herrmann

22 Mike Faulkner--28 Jack Zielinski

2 Jesse Pomeroy--5 Noah Carlin


30 Jake Sibell

31 Chad Veltri

35 Michael Corson

Pregame notes

The only change in the lineup for UND is Kaleb Johnson for Harrison Feeney as the third goalie. . . UND is without Gavin Hain (lower body, day to day) and Brendan Budy (lower body, week to week). . . Niagara is starting rookie Jake Sibell, who played junior in Aberdeen, S.D. . . The Purple Eagles kept all four forward lines together as well as the top two defensive pairings. There are changes to the third defensive pairing and the extra skater.

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