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UND sweeps Western Michigan

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UND 4, Western Michigan 1

 The story: UND's Cole Smith scored 7 seconds into the third period, kicking off a three-goal period, leading the Fighting Hawks to a 4-1 win and a series sweep of Western Michigan. Nick Jones and Grant Mismash each had a goal and an assist for UND. 

Three stars: 1. Nick Jones, UND, goal, assist; 2. Shane Gersich, UND, 2 assists; 3. Grant Mismash, UND, goal, assist.

Did you notice? UND was able to give a stick salute to the fans after the game, which is tradition after a home sweep.

Lineup notes: UND played with every healthy player in the lineup. Sophomore forward Ludvig Hoff (lower body) and sophomore defenseman Andrew Peski (undisclosed), who were both injured in Friday's game, sat out Saturday. They joined Trevor Olson (upper boddy, 10 games missed) and Dixon Bowen (foot, five games missed) out of the lineup. Junior forward Nick Jones, who missed Friday's game with an illness, played through his ailment on Saturday. Western Michigan made one change on its third-pair defense, going with Kale Bennett for Carson Vance.

Updated records: UND 10-4-4, Western Michigan 9-7-1.

Up next: UND at St. Cloud State, 7:37 p.m. Friday, National Hockey Center, St. Cloud, Minn.

UND 4, WESTERN MICHIGAN 1

First period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Wade Allison, WMU, tripping, 4:46; Jordan Kawaguchi, UND, slashing, 11:59

Second period -- 1. WMU, Austin Rueschhoff 5 (Brett Van Os 2) 8:33; 2. UND, Nick Jones 6 (Grant Mismash 9, Shane Gersich 5) 19:37. Penalties -- Dawson DiPietro, WMU, interference, 4:34; Bench minor, WMU, too many on ice, 9:26; Ethen Frank, WMU, slashing, 13:35

Third period -- 3. UND, Cole Smith 2 (Josh Rieger 2) :07; 4. UND, Hayden Shaw 1 (Matt Kiersted 2, Joel Janatuinen 6) 11:59; 5. UND, Mismash 5 (Gersich 6, Jones 7) 14:26. Penalties -- Gabe Bast, UND, slashing, 4:03; Scott Moldenhauer, WMU, interference, 4:40; Rhett Gardner, UND, slashing, 5:11; Neal Goff, WMU, hooking, 8:19; Hayden Shaw, UND, interference, 9:45; Hugh McGing, WMU, slashing, 10:02

Goalie saves -- UND: Cam Johnson 8-4-7 -- 19; WMU: Ben Blacker 5-10-6 -- 21

Penalties-minutes -- UND 4-8, WMU 7-14

Power plays -- UND 1-7, WMU 0-4

Attendance -- 11,742

Referees -- Ryan Hersey and Joe Sullivan

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