UND holds off Western Michigan
The story: Austin Poganski had two goals, five shots and drew a power play as UND beat the National Collegiate Hockey Conference-leading Western Michigan Broncos in the series opener. UND survived a 6-on-3 power play for Western Michigan in the final seconds of the game to hold on to the win. Cam Johnson made his return to the net after an eight-game absence due to a lower-body injury.
Three stars: 1. Poganski, UND, 2 goals; Jordan Kawaguchi, UND, 2 assists; 3. Johnson, UND, 18 saves.
Did you notice? UND goalie Peter Thome's painted mask finally came in, but he didn't get to show it off on the ice as he was the backup. Thome had been using a plain white mask from junior hockey.
Lineup notes: Cam Johnson returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. Junior forward Nick Jones missed the game due to an illness, while sophomore forward Dixon Bowen (foot) and senior forward Trevor Olson (upper body) remained out with injuries. Rookie defenseman Josh Rieger played forward for the third-straight game.
Updated records: UND 8-4-4, Western Michigan 9-5-1.
Up next: Western Michigan at UND, 7:07 p.m. Friday, Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND 4, WESTERN MICHIGAN 3
First period -- 1. UND, Austin Poganski 3 (Grant Mismash 8, Rhett Gardner 7) 4:54 (pp); 2. WMU, Dawson DiPietro 8 (Corey Schueneman 10, Ben Blacker 1) 9:26; 3. UND, Poganski 4 (Jordan Kawaguchi 2, Christian Wolanin 9) 14:15 (pp); 4. UND, Ludvig Hoff 2 (Colton Poolman 6, Kawaguchi 3) 15:37; 5. WMU, Brett Van Os 1 (Cam Lee 6, Neal Goff 5) 18:19. Penalties -- Austin Rueschhoff, WMU, boarding, 2:55; Christian Wolanin, UND, roughing, 7:49; Neal Goff, WMU, hooking, 12:44; Aidan Muir, WMU, slashing, 13:11; Hayden Shaw, UND, interference, 19:41
Second period -- 6. UND, Collin Adams 5 10:24. Penalties -- Wade Allison, WMU, slashing, 4:25; Joel Janatuinen, UND, hooking, 7:34; Josh Rieger, UND, boarding, 14:02
Third period -- 7. WMU, Wade Allison 11 (Schueneman 11, Scott Moldenhauer 4) 16:28. Penalties -- DiPietro, WMU, high sticking, 7:22; Lee, WMU, hooking, 11:20; Matt Kiersted, UND, interference, 15:59; DiPietro, WMU, boarding, 16:53; Hayden Shaw, UND, holding, 18:03; Wolanin, UND, holding, 19:40; Gardner, UND, kneeing, 19:56
Goalie saves -- UND: Cam Johnson 9-5-3 -- 17; WMU: Ben Blacker 6-11-8-- 25