COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — North Dakota center Mark MacMillan had a mile-high weekend in Colorado.
One night after scoring two goals in a win over Colorado College, MacMillan scored three in a 7-2 National Collegiate Hockey Conference rout of the penalty-prone Tigers.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: More Than 20% Of Children 5-11 Received First Dose
Two of MacMillan’s goals were short-handed and the other was one of five UND power-play goals. UND was 5-for-11 with a man advantage to earn its first sweep at Colorado College in 11 years.
“Two wins on the road to start our regular season within the league is a good start,” said UND coach Dave Hakstol, who notched his 263rd win, moving him into second place all-time at UND.
MacMillan started the rout with a short-handed goal early in the first period, which ended with UND (3-1-0, 2-0-0) leading 4-0. MacMillan came into the series with no goals or assists. He added two assists.
“I wouldn’t say a momentum swing, but the great play on the penalty kill by (Michael) Parks and MacMillan and we were off to the races.”
It took UND and MacMillan just 5:50 to get on the scoreboard. MacMillan then assisted on a power-play goal by Paul LaDue at 9:23 to give UND a 2-0 lead, then the Tigers (2-2-0, 0-2-0) started taking a series of penalties, including majors that led to long UND power plays and lots of shots.
Soon after UND went up 2-0, The Tigers lost Hunter Fejes for checking from behind and UND scored twice more for an insurmountable lead.READ MORE: 72-Year-Old Skier From Boulder Killed In Collision With Snowboarder At Eldora Ski Area
UND outshot Colorado College 35-23.
“We’ve got a real shooting mentality going right now,” Hakstol said. “We got a lot of pucks to the net. Only one of the power plays was what I would say was a bad play by Colorado College.”
LaDue had two goals and an assist and Parks assisted on three goals. Tucker Poolman and Jordan Schmaltz also had goals for UND.
UND goalie Zane McIntyre made 21 saves. Cody Bradley and Teemu Kivihalme had goals for Colorado College, which was outscored 10-3 in the series; 7-0 in the first period.
Tigers’ goalie Tyler Marble gave up four goals on eight shots and was replaced by Chase Perry, who made 20 saves.
“We did most of the little things,” Hakstol said. “I liked our coverage and defensive play better (than Friday). That’s one of the things we harped on, to be a better team for 60 minutes in all areas.”
North Dakota has won three straight in increasingly impressive fashion since a 5-1 season-opening loss.MORE NEWS: Rocky Mountain Hospital For Children Holding Special Vaccination Clinics For Kids
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