GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When is a six-game winning streak not what it seems?
When it's viewed through the eyes of University of North Dakota men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol.
UND stretched its win streak to six games tonight with a 5-3 National Collegiate Hockey Conference victory over Colorado College to keep the Tigers winless (0-9-1) on the road this season.
UND began the streak on Nov. 30 with a nonconference win over St. Lawrence and closed the 2013 calendar portion of the schedule with the winning streak at five. It has now reached six games, the longest for the school since winning six in a row in March, 2012.
But that's not how Hakstol views it.
"It's one win,'' Hakstol said. "You look back to before Christmas and we had a good finish to the first half (of the season). This is one win. That's the mentality our team needs to carry forward. It's one night at a time. We had a good positive win tonight. Turn the page. This one is done.''
UND had contributions throughout the lineup with 11 players picking up scoring points.
A three-goal spurt in the second period gave UND a 4-1 lead after two periods.
The Tigers rallied with two goals from rookie defenseman Jacob Slavin to chop the UND lead to 4-3 in the opening five minutes of the third period, however.
But a major penalty on CC's Sam Rothstein for checking from behind at 15:02 of the third period stopped the rally. Parks then closed the scoring with his power-play rebound at 17:43 of the period to give UND the win and slide the team into second place in the NCHC standings.
"I thought we were ready to play from the outset,'' Hakstol said. "I thought we got sleepy at the end of the first period and sleepy at the start of the third period. But overall, a pretty good team win.''
Another storyline was the contributions from Chyzk, off the team for the past month with a school imposed indefinite suspension. He was reinstated to the team this week and chipped in with an assist and a goal 46 seconds apart in the second period as UND grabbed a 3-1 lead.
Chyzk was very grateful to be back with the team. He was not allowed to practice with the team during his suspension, so he had to work out on his own.
"It was a really tough month,'' Chyzk said. "I can't say enough about the coaching staff and my teammates, their support. I love these guys to death. I'm so happy to be back out there with them. When you have something as cool as the Sioux community taken away from you for a month, you realize how special it really is.''
Chyzk set up Parks for the first of his two goals at 4:49 of the second period to put UND ahead to stay at 2-1. Just 46 seconds later, he pounced on a long rebound off a shot by linemate Wade Murphy and buried his third goal of the season to make it 3-1.
"I had about 30 days to think about that one,'' Chyzk responded when asked what it was like to contribute to the scoring right away. "I was raring to go tonight and got a couple lucky bounces on our line.''
The balanced scoring was noted by Simpson, the captain.
"I said all year we're a team that needs all hands on deck to get wins,'' Simpson said. "Tonight again it showed.''
And the win streak?
"We're trying to keep that kind of in the back of our mind,'' Simpson said. "At the same time, it's nice to build a streak of wins together. Hopefully for us, just focus on tomorrow and go from there.''
UND improved to 10-7-2 overall and 6-5 in the NCHC. CC fell to 2-14-3 overall and 2-6-3 in league play.
UND NOTES: UND outshot the Tigers 28-23 with Zane Gothberg posting 20 saves for UND and Josh Thormbert 23 for CC ... UND was 1-4 on the power play, CC 1-2 ... CC came into the game averaging a league-worst 1.67 goals per game ... Parks, Rocco Grimaldi and Jordan Schmaltz led UND in shots on goal with 3 each ... All three of CC's goals were scored by freshmen defenseman with Slavin's two and one by Gustav Olofsson accounting for the Tiger offense ... Chyzk was named No. 1 star of the game by the media, Slavin No. 2 and Simpson No. 3 ... UND lost the faceoff battle 29-26 with two of the losses on draws in UND's defensive zone leading directly to Tiger goals ... Grimaldi (6 games) and Schmaltz (5 games), Luke Johnson (5 games) and Parks (3 games) each extended their personal scoring streaks ... Senior forward Derek Rodwell played in his 100th career game ... The game was Hakstol's 410th behind the UND bench, tying him for second all-time at UND with Dean Blais.
Virg Foss covered UND hockey for 35 seasons for the Grand Forks Herald until his retirement in 2005. He now reports on UND home games exclusively for UNDsports.com.