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Denver faced a wounded opponent but could not put them away in a gritty and, sometimes, listless 1-1 tie.
UND played without its top two centermen — juniors Rhett Gardner and Nick Jones along with defenseman Gabe Bast and suspended Cole Smith. DU’s Griffin Mendel replaced Adam Plant. With only 11 forwards available for the game, UND moved defenseman Casey Johnson to forward for the first time in his college career.
- Early in the contest, DU outshot UND 6-0 and held the fighting hawks without a shot until 13:52
- DU Freshman Kohen Olischefski beat UND goalie Can Johnson for a sloppy goal at 7:21
- UND controlled possession and tempo in the second period
- The Fighting Hawks Christian Wolainin tied the game with a power-play goal at 9:36
- The Pioneers offense could not get untracked during the period
- Scoreless with few ‘Grade A’ scoring chances on either side
- A late Pioneer penalty gave the Fighting Hawks opportunities and carried over to the first OT period but no damage done
- Scoreless in first overtime with few opportunities on either side
- Second OT, Denver earned two conference points on a 3-on-3 goal by DU defenseman Ian Mitchell in a 2-on-1 rush at 1:19.
DU had a chance to put away a wounded, reeling opponent but could only muster 23 shots on goal to 22 for UND. By holding off Denver, the Fighting Hawks moved into a tie for 3rd place and must see this series as a ‘win’ heading into a bye week and the return of injured players for the final 8-game Stretch. Denver leaves Grand Forks with a solid 4 points but an empty feeling of what might have been – with the sudden absence of scoring – especially from stars Troy Terry, Dylan Gambrell and Henrik Borgstrom.