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GameCenter final: Omaha 4, UND 1

The Fighting Hawks's 11-game point streak and seven-game winning streak came to an end in the regular-season finale.

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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. — UND lost its regular-season finale 4-1 to Omaha, ending an 11-game point streak and a seven-game winning streak. It also meant UND will have to share the Penrose Cup with Denver, which beat Colorado College.

Herald three stars

First star: Chayse Primeau, Omaha, 2 goals, 1 assist.
Second star: Brannon McManus, Omaha, 2 assists.
Third star: Isaiah Saville, Omaha, 30 saves.

First period

Omaha 1, UND 0 — Chayse Primeau (Taylor Ward) 18:31. UND goalie Jakob Hellsten goes in the corner to play the puck and turns it over. Hellsten is able to make a diving desperation save on Ward, but Primeau is there to score on the rebound.

Second period

Omaha 2, UND 0 — Chayse Primeau (Nolan Krenzen, Brannon McManus) 3:55. Omaha has been throwing pucks wide of the net on purpose, looking for long rebounds off the end wall to get behind Hellsten. It works early in the second as Primeau puts away a long rebound of a Krenzen shot.

Omaha 3, UND 0 — Jack Randl (Chayse Primeau, Brannon McManus) 13:38 (pp). Omaha takes advantage of a power play opportunity as Randl, on top of the crease, buries a rebound of a Primeau shot.

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Omaha 3, UND 1 — Judd Caulfield (Jake Schmaltz, Connor Ford) 17:30 (pp). Schmaltz snaps a shot from the top of the left circle to the net. Omaha goalie Isaiah Saville makes the initial save, but the rebound bounds to Caulfield at the side of the net and he puts it away for his 10th goal of the year.

Third period

Omaha 4, UND 1 — Nate Knoepke (Tyler Weiss, Cameron Berg) 8:52. Seconds after a power play expires, Knoepke gets the puck with space in the left circle and picks the corner of the net for his first goal of the season.

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UND's lines

Forwards
18 Matteo Costantini—21 Connor Ford—28 Judd Caulfield
19 Mark Senden—8 Jake Schmaltz—16 Ashton Calder
20 Nick Portz—11 Griffin Ness—13 Carson Albrecht
29 Jackson Kunz—27 Louis Jamernik—9 Brendan Budy
5 Dane Montgomery

Defensemen
25 Tyler Kleven—7 Chris Jandric
4 Cooper Moore—6 Brent Johnson
24 Luke Bast—2 Brady Ferner

Goaltenders
32 Jakob Hellsten
33 Zach Driscoll

Not in lineup: Jake Sanderson (inj), Riese Gaber (inj), Ethan Frisch (inj), Gavin Hain (inj), Harrison Feeney (ill), Kaleb Johnson

Omaha's lines

Forwards
39 Brannon McManus—13 Chayse Primeau—17 Taylor Ward
28 Jack Randl—22 Jimmy Glynn—27 Matt Miller
14 Cameron Berg—19 Ty Mueller—40 Tyler Weiss
10 Kevin Conley—11 Nolan Sullivan—29 Kaden Bohlsen

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Defensemen
4 Brandon Scanlin—23 Victor Mancini
7 Nate Knoepke—12 Nolan Krenzen
3 Kirby Proctor—20 Jonny Tychonick
48 Davis Pennington

Goaltenders
31 Isaiah Saville
36 Austin Roden
35 Jacob Zab

Not in lineup: Jason Smallidge, Brock Bremer, Martin Sundberg, Joey Abate, Jake Harrison (inj)

Pregame notes

UND has won the Penrose Cup, but Denver has a chance to share it if UND loses in regulation and Denver beats Colorado College in regulation. If that scenario happens, Denver also will win the tiebreaker for seeing purposes and be the No. 1 seed for the NCHC playoffs. . . The Fighting Hawks will play either Miami or Colorado College in the quarterfinals. . . UND is playing its third-straight game without Ethan Frisch, fifth-straight without Riese Gaber, 10th-straight without Jake Sanderson and 15th-straight without Gavin Hain. . . UND is starting Jakob Hellsten in net. It's his first start since Jan. 29. . . Omaha moves Joey Abate and Brock Bremer out and brings Kaden Bohlsen and Davis Pennington in. The Mavericks also are starting Isaiah Saville in net.

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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