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GameCenter final: UND 4, Omaha 1

Riese Gaber scored twice, while Ethan Frisch and Jackson Kunz each added a goal as the Fighting Hawks won their NCHC opener.

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UND forward Judd Caulfield battles for positioning with Omaha forward Jack Randl on Friday, March 4, 2022, in Baxter Arena.
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OMAHA, Neb. — No. 10 UND opened National Collegiate Hockey Conference play with a 4-1 win over Omaha. Riese Gaber scored twice, while Nick Portz and Owen McLaughlin each had two assists. UND outshot Omaha 38-22.

Herald three stars

First star: Riese Gaber, UND, 2 goals.
Second star: Nick Portz, UND, 2 assists.
Third star: Owen McLaughlin, UND, 2 assists.

First period

No scoring.

Second period

UND 1, Omaha 0 — Ethan Frisch (Chris Jandric, Jackson Blake) 1:52 (pp). Jandric extends his point streak and UND scores on its first power-play chance of the game. Jandric has it at the top and slides a pass over to Frisch in the left circle. Frisch hammers a one-timer past Omaha goalie Jake Kucharski.

UND 2, Omaha 0 — Jackson Kunz (Nick Portz, Cooper Moore) 2:07. UND tacks on a a second goal in the span of 15 seconds. Portz springs Kunz on a rush up the right side. Kunz rifles a shot on net that Kucharski stops, but Kunz follows it up and deposits the puck on his backhand.

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UND 3, Omaha 0 — Riese Gaber (Owen McLaughlin) 13:51. UND tacks on a third goal in the period on a rush. McLaughlin enters the zone in the middle with the puck, pulls up and lets the play develop. Then, he dishes to Gaber in space and UND's best goal-scorer snipes one.

UND 3, Omaha 1 — Jonny Tychonick (Victor Mancini, Ty Mueller) 19:04. Omaha gets one back in the final minute of the period. After winning an offensive zone faceoff. Tychonick slaps one from the point that hits UND goalie Drew DeRidder and pops up and over him.

Note: At 19:53 of the second period, UND's Ty Farmer was called for a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting from behind, while Omaha's Cameron Berg was called for a five-minute major and a game misconduct for direct contact to the head.

Third period

UND 4, Omaha 1 — Riese Gaber (Nick Portz, Owen McLaughlin) 11:33. Portz outbattles Omaha's Tyler Rollwagen for a loose puck in the neutral zone, then fights through a Kirby Proctor check along the boards to get space and set up Gaber, who snaps a shot from the inside of the circle five-hole on Kucharski.

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UND's lines

Forwards
18 Matteo Costantini—8 Jake Schmaltz—9 Jackson Blake
19 Mark Senden—22 Owen McLaughlin—17 Riese Gaber
29 Jackson Kunz—27 Louis Jamernik V—20 Nick Portz
26 Dylan James—11 Griffin Ness—28 Judd Caulfield

Defensemen
25 Tyler Kleven—15 Ethan Frisch
7 Chris Jandric—3 Ty Farmer
4 Cooper Moore—6 Brent Johnson
2 Ryan Sidorski

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Goaltenders
34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jakob Hellsten
1 Kaleb Johnson

Not in lineup: F Gavin Hain (inj), F Ben Strinden (inj), Carson Albrecht (inj), F Dane Mongtomery (inj), D Luke Bast (inj)

Omaha's lines

Forwards
28 Jack Randl—44 Jake Pivonka—40 Tyler Weiss
17 Cameron Berg—19 Ty Mueller—22 Jimmy Glynn
8 Ray Fust—11 Nolan Sullivan—26 Brock Bremer
18 Michael Abgrall—21 Tyler Rollwagen—29 Kaden Bohlsen

Defensemen
3 Kirby Proctor—12 Nolan Krenzen
48 Davis Pennington—20 Jonny Tychonick
2 Joquim Lemay—10 Jacob Guevin
23 Victor Mancini

Goaltenders
1 Jake Kucharski
30 Simon Latkoczy
35 Jacob Zab

Not in lineup: F Matt Miller (inj), D Griffin Ludtke (inj), F Jacob Slipec, F Cam Mitchell, G Raythan Robbins

Pregame notes

UND has juggled all of its lines as expected. . . Drew DeRidder is starting in net for UND. Jake Kucharski is in for Omaha. . . The Mavericks have shutdown defenseman Victor Mancini back in the lineup. He hasn't played since Oct. 14 at Lake Superior State. He's listed as the extra skater. . . Forward Matt Miller remains out for the Mavericks. . . Referees are Nathan Wieler and Ryan Hersey.

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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