SignUp
Sport Page
Senior forward Danny Kristo ices UND's 5-2 win with this third-period goal.
UND topples Mavericks in the great outdoors
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Tuesday 02/09/2013 22:44:42 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop
OMAHA, Neb. -- The first outdoor game in UND history - the Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice - promised to be a memorable event and it more than delivered.

A 2 ½-hour delay to start the game due to poor ice conditions, an eruption of coolant during an intermission, stretches of rain and mist, and a renowned National Hockey League anthem singer provided multiple storylines.

But most memorable from a UND perspective was a 5-2 victory over host Nebraska Omaha that gave the visitors a critical WCHA series sweep and sole possession of second place in the league.

The delay was the result of deteriorating ice conditions caused by warm sunshine over the temporary ice surface at TD Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series. But when the puck was finally dropped at 6:35 p.m. Central, UND came out swinging.

UND blitzed the Mavericks with goals by Jordan Schmaltz (Fr., Verona, Wis.), Nick Mattson (So., Chanhassen, Minn.) and Mitch MacMillan (Jr., Penticton, British Columbia) in the opening 10 minutes, chasing UNO netminder John Faulkner to the bench and delighting a partisan North Dakota crowd of 13,650.

Senior Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) made it 4-0 in the final minute of the second period when he deflected an Andrew MacWilliam (Sr., Calgary, Alberta) point shot, giving UND an insurance goal that would eventually come in handy.

UNO made things interesting in the third period on goals by Josh Archibald and Dominic Zombo - both sons of former UND standouts - to cut the gap to 4-2. But senior Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) sealed the win with a breakaway goal with 1:18 remaining, his WCHA-leading 18th goal of the season.

The win catapulted UND (16-8-6, 11-5-6 WCHA) into sole possession of second place in the WCHA, three points behind league-leading St. Cloud State with six games remaining in the regular season.

Freshman Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.) was rock-solid once again between the pipes, stopping 29 of 31 shots for his third straight win.

Faulkner stopped two of five shots before being pulled for Dayn Belfour, who stopped 20 of 22 shots.

UND is off next week and returns to action Feb. 22-23 at Denver.

Check back here for postgame video interviews and a photo gallery.

Notes: Kristo and Knight each had a goal and an assist. Knight reached the 40-point plateau for the third straight year, becoming the first UND player to do so since Ryan Duncan and T.J. Oshie both did it in 2006-07 ... Archibald's power-play goal in the third period snapped UND's streak of 17 consecutive successful penalty kills ... UND is now unbeaten in five games ... Kristo, Archibald and Knight were named the game's three stars ... Gothberg has started six of UND's last seven games, losing only once (3-1-2) with a 1.96 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.

Edmonton native Simpson signs with hometown Oilers
GRAND FORKS, N.D. The Edmonton Oilers announced on Tuesday night that University of North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson has signed a 3-year entry level contract with the National... MORE
North Dakota downed by Nebraska Omaha
The University of North Dakota softball team dropped a pair of games to Nebraska Omaha, by scores of 8-0 and 10-0, on Tuesday afternoon. MORE
UND concludes Big Sky Championship with spring best
The North Dakota women's golf team was determined to put a shaky second round behind them and finish the spring season on a strong note at the 2014 Big Sky Championship. MORE
Nominees unveiled for 2013-14 UND Athletics awards
GRAND FORKS, N.D. In May, the University of North Dakota will announce its 2013-14 all-sports award recipients at the annual UND Athletics Spring Awards Program. This afternoon, UND Athletics... MORE
Jr. Champions registration opens at spring game
GRAND FORKS, N.D. The University of North Dakota Athletics Department is proud to announce that registration for the 2014-15 U.S. Bank and Midco Sports Network Jr. Champions, the official kids... MORE

advertisement