UND MEN'S HOCKEY: Sioux bop the Bob

Last week, Brock Nelson opened up his computer after playing a World Junior Championship game to find out that his UND men's hockey team routed then-No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 5-0.

UND's Mario Lamoureux (9) is stopped by Robert Morris goalie Brooks Ostergard in the first period Friday night in Grand Forks. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Last week, Brock Nelson opened up his computer after playing a World Junior Championship game to find out that his UND men's hockey team routed then-No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 5-0.

Nelson arrived back in Grand Forks on Thursday -- just in time to join in on his team's current goal parade.

The freshman from Warroad, Minn., and sophomore Corban Knight each scored twice as the second-ranked Sioux stomped Robert Morris 8-0 on Friday in Ralph Engelstad Arena, extending the team's unbeaten streak to eight and the winning streak to six.

Brett Hextall, Jake Marto, Matt Frattin and Evan Trupp also scored goals for the 15-5-2 Sioux, who have scored 16 consecutive goals.

"It felt good to be back," said Nelson, who had two goals in the first half of the season. "Being here in front of the fans and putting on the jersey, it was good. We had a game today and I said I was ready. It worked out."


The last time UND allowed a goal was Dec. 12 against Minnesota State-Mankato, when Maverick captain Rylan Galiardi scored on a breakaway in the first period. Since then, UND has scored three against the Mavericks, five against Duluth and eight against the Colonials.

Goalie Aaron Dell's shutout streak is at 164 minutes, 51 seconds.

"It's a good feeling," said Dell, who earned his first career shutout in Ralph Engelstad Arena. "The team played great tonight. I can't really say much. They were great offensively as well as defensively. They made my life pretty easy."

Robert Morris, a team that sits in second place in Atlantic Hockey, entered the game with confidence. In the seven-year history of the Colonials' hockey program, they had an all-time winning record against teams ranked in the top 10.

But UND took them out of the game early with some fluky goals.

On the second shift of the game, Knight threw a turnaround pass in the slot, only to deflect off of Colonials forward Colin South's stick and in the net. About five minutes later, Knight's centering pass went off Nelson's skate and in the net for a 2-0 Sioux lead.

"There's nothing much you can say about those ones," Knight said. "Once in a while, you get those nights where everything seems to go in. But you have to credit our team. We worked really hard. We've been working really hard since we got back from break, so I don't think it's a pure fluke that those goals started coming."

UND piled on some impressive statistics.


Frattin, the nation's leading scorer with 19 tallies, has scored in seven straight games. Forward Danny Kristo picked up three assists and now has 10 points in the last five games (nine assists). Defenseman Ben Blood notched a plus-3 rating and is now plus-14 in the last eight games. And defenseman Chay Genoway had two assists to extend his career-long point streak to eight games.

"We had pretty good jump," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "We got some pucks toward the net and we had a couple of pretty good bounces."

Hakstol said he's expecting a different game in the finale.

"They're a good hockey team, a proud hockey team," Hakstol said. "They competed real hard and at a pretty high level in the last 30 minutes of this game. I'd expect that's what we're going to see from the drop of the puck tomorrow night. Wipe this one away. A win is a win. It doesn't matter what the score was. Tomorrow night a different night. We'll have our focus and our mentality ready to go for the drop of the puck tomorrow."

The game had an emotional start with a tribute to former UND All-American forward Terry Casey, who died in a car accident in 1967 -- one year after his college career ended. Casey's No. 12 was retired in 1968, but was not hanging in the rafters of The Ralph until Friday night.

Casey's wife and the daughter he never got to meet -- his wife was pregnant when he died - were both on hand for the ceremony. About 20 of Casey's former teammates were there as well, including longtime NHLer Dennis Hextall.

Notes: Brett Hextall returned to the lineup after missing the previous five games with an arm injury. . . Nelson and Derek Forbort also returned to the lineup after missing one game while at the World Junior Championship. . . Jason Gregoire missed his sixth straight game with an apparent concussion. . . Mike Cichy, Brett Bruneteau and Joe Gleason were among the healthy scratches.

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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