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GameCenter final: Omaha 3, UND 2, OT

The Mavericks rallied from down two goals in the third period to beat UND in the series finale and grab a split.

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UND and Omaha men's hockey players pile up in and around Fighting Hawks goaltender Zach Driscoll's (32) net in the second period of an NCHC matchup at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks on Friday, February 4, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — Omaha rallied from down two goals in the third period to beat UND 3-2 in overtime and gain a series split.

Herald three stars

First star: Isaiah Saville, Omaha, 28 saves.
Second star: Riese Gaber, UND, 1 goal, 1 assist.
Third star: Connor Ford, UND, 2 assists.

First period

UND 1, Omaha 0 — Riese Gaber (Connor Ford) 7:07. Omaha defenseman Brandon Scanlin attempts a breakout pass from his own end, but it hits Ford and bounces right to a wide open Gaber in the slot. Gaber fakes a shot to get goalie Isaiah Saville to drop, then he moves it to his backhand and buries it for his second goal and fourth point of the weekend.

Second period

UND 2, Omaha 0 — Judd Caulfield (Connor Ford, Riese Gaber) 12:16 (pp). UND perfectly executes a quick passing play as Gaber gets it in the right circle and feeds it to Ford along the goal line. Ford makes a one-touch to Caulfield between the circles and Caulfield picks the corner of the net with a one-timer for his second goal of the weekend.

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Third period

UND 2, Omaha 1 — Davis Pennington (Tyler Weiss, Cameron Berg) 5:43 (pp). With just 10 seconds left on Omaha's third power play of the game, the Mavericks capitalize. Pennington, at the top, one-times a Weiss pass into the corner of the net.

UND 2, Omaha 2 — Kevin Conley (Nate Knoepke, Brock Bremer) 8:39. Knoepke has the puck at the point and launches a shot into traffic in the slot. The puck hits Conley and pops over Driscoll to tie the game.

Overtime

Omaha 3, UND 2 — Brannon McManus (Taylor Ward, Brandon Scanlin) 2:27. Omaha completes the comeback when Ward gets the puck in the left circle and finds McManus in the right circle. The fifth-year senior snaps the puck past Zach Driscoll to finish it.

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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

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Goaltenders
33 Zach Driscoll
32 Jakob Hellsten
35 Harrison Feeney

Out of lineup: Jake Sanderson (Olympics/COVID-19 protocol), Gavin Hain (inj), Brady Ferner (inj), Brendan Budy, Kaleb Johnson

Omaha's lines

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

Defensemen
4 Brandon Scanlin—23 Victor Mancini
7 Nate Knoepke—20 Jonny Tychonick
3 Kirby Proctor—48 Davis Pennington

Goaltenders
31 Isaiah Saville
36 Austin Roden

Out of lineup on trip: Ty Mueller (inj), Jason Smallidge
Not on trip: Nolan Krenzen (inj), Jake Harrison (inj), Martin Sundberg, Jacob Zab

Pregame notes

UND has the exact same lineup as Friday night. Omaha has a few changes. Ty Mueller, who was on the receiving end of big hit by Tyler Kleven, is out of the lineup. He never returned to the ice Friday. Kaden Bohlsen is in up front. . . Davis Pennington is in for Jason Smallidge on the back end. . . Goalie battle is Zach Driscoll vs. Isaiah Saville again.

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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