GameCenter final: UND 5, Omaha 2

The Fighting Hawks scored three goals in 1:42 in the third period to earn a Game 3 win and a trip to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.

UND forward Gavin Hain carries the puck and is defended by Omaha's Joaquim Lemay during a game on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Baxter Arena.
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OMAHA, Neb. — UND scored three goals in 1:42 to break a 2-2 third-period tie and beat Omaha 5-2 in a decisive Game 3 in the NCHC quarterfinals. Jake Schmaltz, Dylan James, Griffin Ness, Tyler Kleven and Griffin Ness scored for UND.

Herald three stars

First star: Gavin Hain, UND, 1 goal, 1 assist
Second star: Griffin Ness, UND, game-winning goal.
Third star: Dylan James, UND, shorthanded goal.

First period

Omaha 1, UND 0 — Jimmy Glynn (Davis Pennington, Cameron Berg) 14:14 (dp). Just seconds after Omaha kills off a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes, it scores to take the lead. Pennington holds a puck at the point and skates itKleven into the left circle. From there, he fires it toward the crease area. It gets through a couple of players and to Glynn on the back doorstep. He puts it away as the officials call a penalty on UND. Omaha did not score on the ensuing power play.

Second period

Omaha 1, UND 1 — Jake Schmaltz (Gavin Hain) 2:36 (pp). Hain forces a turnover on Omaha defenseman Nolan Krenzen in the left circle. He takes the puck, skates it to the slot and slides it to Schmaltz backdoor. Schmaltz finishes it for his fifth goal of the season.


Omaha 2, UND 1 — Cameron Berg (Kirby Proctor, Nolan Krenzen) 12:04. Omaha scores off a good shift when Proctor gets the puck at the point and makes a slick feed to Berg, who is wide open in the middle of the zone. Berg catches the pass, turns and snipes one to give the Mavericks a 2-1 lead.

Omaha 2, UND 2 — Dylan James (Judd Caulfield) 19:31 (sh). UND disrupts an Omaha zone entry and Caulfield sends James up the left wing with speed. James skates toward the net and picks the glove-side corner of the net on Maverick goalie Simon Latkoczy, hitting the same spot he did twice last weekend.

Third period

UND 3, Omaha 2 — Griffin Ness (Ryan Sidorski, Carson Albrecht) 14:46. Chris Jandric makes an outstanding breakout pass from behind his own net to start a rush with Albrecht. Albrecht pulls up in the zone and hits Sidorski. Ness follows up Sidorski's chance and puts it just inside the post.

UND 4, Omaha 2 — Tyler Kleven 16:11. Kleven flies up the right side on a rush and wires a shot just inside the post to give UND a two-goal lead.

UND 5, Omaha 2 — Gavin Hain (Judd Caulfield) 16:28. UND gets a two-on-one on the next shift. Caulfield dips below the goal line, sends a feed to the top of the crease and Hain puts it away.

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UND's lines

9 Jackson Blake—27 Louis Jamernik V—17 Riese Gaber
26 Dylan James—19 Mark Senden—29 Jackson Kunz
10 Gavin Hain—8 Jake Schmaltz—28 Judd Caulfield
13 Carson Albrecht—22 Owen McLaughlin—11 Griffin Ness
20 Nick Portz

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

34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jakob Hellsten

Not in lineup: F Ben Strinden, F Dane Montgomery (inj), F Matteo Costantini, D Brent Johnson, D Luke Bast, G Kaleb Johnson

Omaha's lines

28 Jack Randl—19 Ty Mueller—27 Matt Miller
40 Tyler Weiss—44 Jake Pivonka—13 Jacob Slipec
26 Brock Bremer—17 Cameron Berg—22 Jimmy Glynn
21 Tyler Rollwagen—11 Nolan Sullivan—29 Kaden Bohlsen

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

30 Simon Latkoczy
1 Jake Kucharski
35 Jacob Zab

Not in lineup: F Cam Mitchell (inj), F Michael Abgrall, D Griffin Ludtke


Pregame notes

UND is only has one lineup change — Cooper Moore is in for Luke Bast on defense. . . Omaha center Nolan Sullivan is back in. Sullivan missed the last two gameswith an injury. . . The Mavericks are juggling all four of their forward lines, putting three of their top four forward scorers on the same line. . . The goalie matchup is Drew DeRidder vs. Simon Latkoczy. . . Omaha is attempting to reach the NCHC Frozen Faceoff for the first time in program history.

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
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