In the lone college hockey game on Thanksgiving night, No. 3/3 North Dakota feasted against its long-time rival Minnesota, tripling up the Gophers, 9-3, on the road at 3M Arena at Mariucci Thursday night. The nine goals marked a season high for UND (11-1-2) and extended its unbeaten streak to an NCAA-best 10 games (9-0-1). The nine goals also tied North Dakota’s most goals ever against Minnesota (5-7-3) in their storied history. The Fighting Hawks scored three goals in the first period, four in the second and tacked on two more in the third with only one coming via a power play. Junior forward Grant Mismash tallied a career-high four points and career-best three assists in the win, while classmate Jordan Kawaguchi scored two goals and added an assist for a three-point night. Sophomore Jacob Bernard-Docker also chipped in three points on a goal and two helpers in the win. UND outshot the Gophers, 36-21, Thursday.
Tomorrow night, North Dakota goes for a sweep of Minnesota on the road at 7 p.m. CT with the game on FOX Sports North and FOX College Sports Atlantic. Two other NCHC teams are also in action Friday night, as Miami opens a series at UConn at 4:05 p.m. ET, while a top-10 showdown gets underway in Duluth between top-ranked Minnesota State and No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth. Both games of the UMD series can be seen on NCHC.tv.
A complete game recap, courtesy of UND Athletics, is below.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Three first-period goals kick-started third-ranked North Dakota's 9-3 thrashing of host Minnesota Thursday evening at 3M at Mariucci Arena. It tied for the most UND goals in the series with its rival in the 288 all-time games.
Eight different goal scorers dotted the score sheet for UND led by Jordan Kawaguchi's two as the visitors outshot the home team, 36-21.
"We knew we were coming into a tough environment here on the big ice surface against a very good team and I thought our guys had a mentality of playing the right way and playing with some details to give yourself a chance to get off to a lead and I thought we did," UND head coach Brad Berry said. "I thought for 60 minutes we did what we needed to do and we've got to sustain that tomorrow."
UND (11-1-2 overall) looked to be in trouble early, taking a penalty just nine seconds into the game. But, the stellar penalty kill unit was solid once again, killing it off seconds before Kawaguchi got things rolling for North Dakota.
The junior assistant captain potted UND's first goal when Grant Mismash stole the puck at the blue line and found Kawaguchi to UM starting goalie Jack LaFontaine's right and solved him gloveside.
Later in the period, Jasper Weatherby scored then Colton Poolman netted a power play goal-- UND's eighth consecutive game with a man-advantage tally for a 3-1 lead after one.
The Fighting Hawks continued to pile it on in the second period, scoring four goals for a 7-3 advantage through 40 minutes, chasing LaFontaine with the second of those goals. Kawaguchi and Mismash teamed up again for the first in that stretch on the way to that line producing eight points.
On UND's fifth goal, this time it was Kawaguchi setting the table for Mismash and his third goal of the season to make it 5-2. That would chase LaFontaine but his replacement didn't fare much better.
Jared Moe came on in relief and allowed four goals on 17 shots before he, too, would be replaced by Justen Close to finish out the final 6:13 of the game. Shane Pinto and Dixon Bowen greeted him with second-period goals, then Jacob Bernard-Docker and Cole Smith eventually chased Moe as well in a 9-3 contest.
Adam Scheel made 18 saves in net for his 11th win of the season for North Dakota.
The teams conclude the series Friday with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop on FOX Sports North, TSN.ca and the Home of Economy Radio Network.