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GameCenter final: UND 4, Omaha 1

The Fighting Hawks used a three-point night from Riese Gaber to beat the Mavericks in the series opener.

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UND's Judd Caulfield and Omaha's Jack Randl battle for a puck during Friday's game in Baxter Arena.
Bonnie Ryan / Omaha athletics

GRAND FORKS — Riese Gaber scored a goal and tallied three points, while goalie Zach Driscoll turned aside 26 of 27 shots to lead UND to a 4-1 win over Omaha in the series opener in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Herald three stars

First star: Zach Driscoll, UND, 26 saves.
Second star: Riese Gaber, UND, 1 goal, 2 assists.
Third star: Mark Senden, UND, 1 goal, 1 assist.

First period

UND 1, Omaha 0 — Riese Gaber 3:31. Gaber gives UND an early lead with an outstanding individual effort. He picks up the puck in his own zone, chips it around Omaha's top defenseman Brandon Scanlin to create an odd-man rush. Then, Gaber dangles Victor Mancini and snipes it glove side on Isaiah Saville. It's the third-straight game that UND has scored on its first shot on goal.

UND 1, Omaha 1 — Brandon Scanlin (Taylor Ward, Jack Randl) 17:32 (pp). UND continues to struggle to get penalty kills as Scanlin gets a puck at the top of the zone and hammers a slap shot five-hole on UND goalie Zach Driscoll to tie it up.

Second period

UND 2, Omaha 1 — Mark Senden (Riese Gaber, Luke Bast) 9:54. UND finishes a penalty kill and goes the other way with the puck. Gaber toe drags a defender and gets a nice shot on net. Saville makes the save, but Senden, who had been in the box, follows it up with his fifth goal of the season.

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UND 3, Omaha 1 — Judd Caulfield (Mark Senden, Riese Gaber) 13:49. UND scores back-to-back goals with Senden coming out of the box. This time, he joins a rush to form a three-on-one and threads a pass to Caulfield backdoor.

UND 4, Omaha 1 — Ethan Frisch (Chris Jandric, Louis Jamernik) 19:53 (pp). UND gets a five-on-three for 1:46 after Omaha's Joey Abate is called for slashing and Nolan Sullivan for a faceoff violation. The Fighting Hawks capitalize on the tail end of it as Jandric feeds Frisch for a one-timer in the left circle. It's the third-straight game with a goal for Frisch.

Third period

No scoring.

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UND's lines

Forwards
18 Matteo Costantini—21 Connor Ford—17 Riese Gaber
19 Mark Senden—27 Louis Jamernik—28 Judd Caulfield
29 Jackson Kunz—8 Jake Schmaltz—16 Ashton Calder
20 Nick Portz—11 Griffin Ness—13 Carson Albrecht
5 Dane Montgomery

Defensemen
25 Tyler Kleven—15 Ethan Frisch
4 Cooper Moore—7 Chris Jandric
24 Luke Bast—6 Brent Johnson

Goaltenders
33 Zach Driscoll
32 Jakob Hellsten
35 Harrison Feeney

Scratches: Jake Sanderson (Olympics), Gavin Hain (inj), Brady Ferner (inj), Brendan Budy, Kaleb Johnson

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Omaha's lines

Forwards
14 Cameron Berg—13 Chayse Primeau—17 Taylor Ward
40 Tyler Weiss—22 Jimmy Glynn—27 Matt Miller
10 Kevin Conley—19 Ty Mueller—39 Brannon McManus
28 Jack Randl—11 Nolan Sullivan—45 Joey Abate
26 Brock Bremer

Defenseman
4 Brandon Scanlin—23 Victor Mancini
7 Nate Knoepke—20 Jonny Tychonick
3 Kirby Proctor—2 Jason Smallidge

Goaltenders
31 Isaiah Saville
Austin Roden

Scratches on trip: Davis Pennington and Kaden Bohlsen
Not on trip: Nolan Krenzen (inj), Jake Harrison (inj), Martin Sundberg, Jacob Zab

Pregame notes

UND will be without two regular defensemen — Jake Sanderson is at the Olympics and Brady Ferner is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Without them, Brent Johnson moves into a regular shift. . . UND's forward lines remain the same as last week. . . The goalie matchup is Zach Driscoll vs. Isaiah Saville.

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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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