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GameCenter final: UND 5, Western Michigan 2

The Fighting Hawks finished a two-game sweep of Western Michigan in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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UND's Connor Ford (21), Nick Portz (20) and Chris Jandric (7) vie for the puck with Western Michigan forward Drew Worrad (13) and defenseman Michael Joyaux (3) in the second period of an NCHC hockey game at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks on Friday, February 25, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — UND and Western Michigan are concluding their two-game series in Ralph Engelstad Arena. It's Senior Night for UND. The Fighting Hawks will honor Connor Ford, Zach Driscoll, Mark Senden and Gavin Hain after the game. UND won the series opener 2-1.

Herald three stars

First star: Judd Caulfield, UND, 2 goals.
Second star: Louis Jamernik, UND, goal, assist.
Third star: Luke Bast, UND, goal.

First period

UND 1, Western Michigan 0 — Luke Bast (Nick Portz, Cooper Moore) 2:34. UND gets on the board on its first power play of the night. Moore sends a point shot to the slot, where Portz attempts to tip it. The puck deflects to Bast in the right circle and Bast hammers it past Western Michigan goalie Brandon Bussi. It's Bast's first goal in The Ralph.

UND 2, Western Michigan 0 — Louis Jamernik (Dane Montgomery) 6:12. Jamernik enters the offensive zone one-on-two, splits the two defenders and gets in alone. He has back pressure and falls. Jamernik and defenseman Daniel Hilsendager dive after it and Hilsendager accidentally pokes it in his own net.

UND 3, Western Michigan 0 — Judd Caulfield (Connor Ford) 12:15 (pp). Western Michigan is pressing for a shorthanded goal and UND scores on a rush the other way. Caulfield rushes the puck up the right side on a two-on-one, dips around a diving defender and attempts to set up Ford on the back door. Western Michigan's Cole Gallant is charging back and accidentally puts it in his own net.

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UND 3, Western Michigan 1 — Jason Polin (Tim Washe, Josh Passolt) 19:35 (pp). The Broncos convert on their first power-play chance of the game. Washe has the puck below the goal line and Cooper Moore is nearly able to poke it away, but Washe retains control and passes to Polin in the slot. Polin rifles a shot short side for his 14th goal of the season.

Second period

UND 4, Western Michigan 1 — Judd Caulfield (Louis Jamernik, Chris Jandric) 7:39 (sh). Jandric, along the halfwall, chips the puck out of the defensive zone on the penalty kill and sends Caulfield and Jamernik on a two-on-zero shorthanded rush. Caulfield gives it to Jamernik, who gives it right back to the Grand Forks native for his ninth goal of the season.

Third period

UND 4, Western Michigan 2 — Josh Passolt (Daniel Hilsendager) 8:21. Passolt brings the Broncos within two on a highlight-reel play. Passolt walks UND defenseman Brent Johnson, makes a deke on UND goalie Zach Driscoll and scores his eighth of the season.

UND 5, Western Michigan 2 — Carson Albrecht (Mark Senden, Griffin Ness) 13:42. UND has a two-on-one rush and executes it perfectly. Senden, coming up the left side, feeds Albrecht, who one-times it past Bussi for his first goal in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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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

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

Goaltenders
33 Zach Driscoll
32 Jakob Hellsten
35 Harrison Feeney

Out of lineup: Jake Sanderson (inj), Ethan Frisch (inj), Riese Gaber (inj), Gavin Hain (inj), Kaleb Johnson

Western Michigan's lines

Forwards
27 Ty Glover—13 Drew Worrad—12 Cole Gallant
10 Chad Hillebrand—14 Jason Polin—21 Josh Passolt
20 Jamie Rome—16 Tim Washe—28 Hugh Larkin
18 Wyatt Schingoethe—9 Luke Grainger—37 Dylan Wendt

Defensemen
24 Aidan Fulp—7 Ronnie Attard
17 Cedric Fiedler—3 Michael Joyaux
15 Daniel Hilsendager—2 Jacob Bauer
6 Scooter Brickey

Goaltenders
30 Brandon Bussi
31 Ross Hawryluk

Out of lineup on trip: Ethen Frank (ini), Max Sasson (inj)

Pregame notes

Add another key injury to the list for UND. Ethan Frisch is out (day-to-day) after crashing hard into the end wall in the final minute of Friday's game. He will join Jake Sanderson, Riese Gaber and Gavin Hain in the stands. . . Dane Montgomery is in the lineup as the extra skater. . . UND has no healthy scratches. . . Western Michigan also has a key injury. Leading goal-scorer Ethen Frank is out. He will join forward Max Sasson out of the lineup.

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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