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GameCenter final: UND 3, Denver 1

The Fighting Hawks won the opener of their two-game series.

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UND's Judd Caulfield looks as Denver's Justin Lee loses his stick in the second period of the semi-finals of the Frozen Faceoff tournament at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Monday, March 15, 2021. Photo by Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

UND beat Denver 3-1 in Game 1 of their two-game series.

Herald three stars

First star: Zach Driscoll, UND, 22 saves.

Second star: Louis Jamernik, UND, 2 goals.

Third star: Mark Senden, UND, assist.

First period

No scoring.

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Second period

UND 1, Denver 0 -- Matteo Costantini (Judd Caulfield, Brady Ferner) 7:02. Denver defenseman Kyle Mayhew goes hard into the boards and is slow getting up as the puck heads to the neutral zone. Ferner gets the puck and sends it back up the ice to start a 2-on-0 for Caulfield and Costantini. Mayhew emerges from behind the net and almost breaks up the pass from Caulfield to Costantini, but it gets through and the rookie forward buries it.

UND 2, Denver 0 -- Louis Jamernik (Mark Senden) 7:51. Senden forechecks hard behind the net, seals off Denver defenseman Antti Tuomisto from the puck and centers it to Jamernik, who taps it five-hole on Chrona.

UND 2, Denver 1 -- Cameron Wright (Massimo Rizzo) 19:26. UND defenseman Chris Jandric tries a no-look stretch pass from in his own zone at the end of a Fighting Hawks power play. He puts it on Rizzo's tape as Rizzo exits the box to start a three-on-one. Rizzo gives it to Wright, who snipes his third goal of the season.

Third period

UND 3, Denver 1 -- Louis Jamernik (Ethan Frisch) 19:31 (pp) (en). Jamernik ices it into the empty net from a tight angle.

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UND's lines

Forwards

17 Riese Gaber--8 Jake Schmaltz--16 Ashton Calder

18 Matteo Costantini--21 Connor Ford--28 Judd Caulfield

10 Gavin Hain--27 Louis Jamernik--19 Mark Senden

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9 Brendan Budy--11 Griffin Ness--5 Dane Montgomery

20 Nick Portz

Defensemen

26 Jake Sanderson--15 Ethan Frisch

25 Tyler Kleven--7 Chris Jandric

4 Cooper Moore--2 Brady Ferner

Goaltenders

33 Zach Driscoll

32 Jakob Hellsten

35 Harrison Feeney

Out of lineup: Brent Johnson, Carson Albrecht, Luke Bast, Jackson Kunz, Kaleb Johnson

Denver's lines

Forwards

8 Carter Savoie--19 Cole Guttman--24 Bobby Brink

34 Carter Mazur--13 Massimo Rizzo--16 Cameron Wright

6 McKade Webster--7 Brett Stapley--18 Ryan Barrow

28 Brett Edwards--22 Connor Caponi--4 Jack Devine

9 Owen Ozar

Defensemen

2 Sean Behrens--27 Kyle Mayhew

26 Shai Buium--3 Antti Tuomisto

32 Justin Lee--20 Mike Benning

Goaltenders

30 Magnus Chrona

35 Matt Davis

Out of lineup: Carter King, Reid Irwin, Lane Krenzen, Jack Works, Jack Caruso.

Pregame notes

UND shakes up all four forward lines and uses a true checking line with Hain, Jamernik and Senden. Denver has a big top line with Savoie, Guttman and Brink. UND's checking line could be asked to counter them. . . The extra skater for UND tonight is a forward. UND had been using it for a seventh defenseman. . . The starting goalies are Zach Driscoll and Magnus Chrona.

Pregame reading

UND's Connor Ford and Denver's Cameron Wright go from roommates to rivals

The Friday rundown: UND's strange and lengthy wait for a hat trick

Q&A with UND freshman Matteo Costantini

For new UND hockey players, Nashville was an eye-opening experience

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 bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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