GameCenter final: UND 2, Colorado College 1
Jake Sanderson and Tyler Kleven scored goals to lead UND to a Game 1 victory.
GRAND FORKS — Jake Sanderson and Tyler Kleven scored goals and Zach Driscoll stopped 15 of 16 shots to lead UND to a 2-1 win over Colorado College in Game 1 of their best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinal series.
Herald three stars
First star: Jake Sanderson, UND, goal.
Second star: Tyler Kleven, UND goal.
Third star: Jake Schmaltz, UND, 2 assists.
UND 1, Colorado College 0 — Jake Sanderson (Judd Caulfield, Jake Schmaltz) 2:25. Sanderson already gets on the board. Caulfield carries the puck deep in the zone on the right side and centers a pass to Sanderson, who fakes a shot to get Tiger forward Ray Christy to drop, then he moves the puck around Christy and picks the corner of the net for his eighth of the season.
UND 1, Colorado College 1 — Jordan Biro (Stanley Cooley, Hunter McKown) 3:37. The Tigers answer right back with an even-strength goal. Cooley has the puck along the right side boards and nobody covers Biro, who is in the slot alone. Biro puts it just inside the post for his sixth of the season.
UND 2, Colorado College 1 — Tyler Kleven (Chris Jandric, Jake Schmaltz) 12:54. Kleven shows again why his shot is a threat to go in the net no matter where he is on the ice. He loads up just inside the blue line and hammers one that beats goalie Matt Vernon clean on the blocker side.
17 Riese Gaber—8 Jake Schmaltz—28 Judd Caulfield
18 Matteo Costantini—27 Louis Jamernik—16 Ashton Calder
9 Brendan Budy—19 Mark Senden—20 Nick Portz
13 Carson Albrecht—11 Griffin Ness—5 Dane Montgomery
26 Jake Sanderson—15 Ethan Frisch
25 Tyler Kleven—7 Chris Jandric
4 Cooper Moore—24 Luke Bast
6 Brent Johnson
33 Zach Driscoll
32 Jakob Hellsten
35 Harrison Feeney
Out of lineup: Connor Ford (non-covid, day-to-day), Gavin Hain (inj), Jackson Kunz, Brady Ferner, Kaleb Johnson
Colorado College's lines
19 Jordan Biro—27 Stanley Cooley—41 Hunter McKown
15 Matthew Gleason—20 Logan Will—29 Brian Hawkinson
12 Tommy Middleton—21 Noah Prokop—10 Patrick Cozzi
34 Marc Pasemko—16 Jackson Jutting—11 Ray Christy
23 Hugo Blixt—4 Bryan Yoon
7 Chase Foley—5 Jack Millar
37 Nicklas Andrews—14 Nate Schweitzer
18 Connor Mayer
30 Matt Vernon
22 Dominic Basse
1 Jake Begley
Out of lineup: Danny Weight (inj), Tyler Coffey (inj), Brett Chorske, Jackson Ross, Cooper Fensterstock, Chad Sasaki
As expected, Jake Sanderson, Riese Gaber and Ethan Frisch are all back in the lineup. Unexpectedly, Connor Ford is not. His absence will be short term, though. It's possible he plays Saturday. . . Colorado College will warm up 10-goal scorer Tyler Coffey, but he will be a game time decision. The Tigers are also without Danny Weight and power-play specialist Brett Chorske. . . Matt Vernon is getting the start in net for the Tigers. Vernon only played one of the four regular-season games between the teams.