GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – For the second straight night, North Dakota took a four-goal lead on Colorado College in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game. This time, there was no comeback.
One night after blowing a 4-0 lead in a 5-5 tie with the Tigers, second-ranked UND coasted to a workmanlike 5-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
“There was an urgency,” UND coach Brad Berry said. “We wanted to make sure we did it for 60 minutes, not just 20 minutes.”
Second-ranked UND (20-3-3, 11-2-1) scored twice in the second period and twice early in the third to take charge.
Rhett Gardner had two goals for the second straight game and Bryn Chyzyk added a goal and two assists for the Fighting Hawks.
Gardner scored twice in the third period, including the goal that gave UND a 4-0 lead for the second straight night.
“I was really happy with our first (period) last night. I’m glad we brought it for a full 60 tonight,” Gardner said.
Freshman Mike Gornall and Austin Poganski also scored for UND, which outshot the Tigers 32-19.
Chyzyk’s three-point game was the first of his career.
Andrew Farny scored in the third period for the Tigers, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit on Friday to tie the Fighting Hawks 5-5.
UND goalie Cam Johnson came back from being pulled in the previous game to stop 18 shots.
Tyler Marble made 27 saves for Colorado College.
After a scoreless first period, North Dakota scored two quick goals midway through the second.
Gornall scored his first career goal at 10:12. He set up in front of Marble and redirected a shot by Christian Wolanin into the net.
Just 1:08 later, Poganski doubled the lead. Chyzyk tipped the puck loose at center ice and Poganski took off toward the net where he beat Marble from in close at 11:40.
UND upped the lead to 3-0 just 1:26 into the third period on a goal by Chyzyk. Luke Johnson picked up a long rebound after a Cam Johnson save and took off up the ride side. He found Chyzyk wide on the left and put a pass on his stick. Chyzyk went high over Marble’s shoulder for his ninth goal.
Chyzyk has two goals and two assists in his last four games after going scoreless in his previous nine games.
Gardner was in the right place at the right time when came out of the penalty box to make it 4-0 at 6:01 of the third period. He added an empty-net short-handed goal with 3:52 left.
Colorado College (5-18-1, 3-9-1) got a goal by Andrew Farny at 12:37 of the third period.
North Dakota scored 10 goals in the series despite playing without its two leading scorers. Drake Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz missed two games due to injuries.
“Hats off to Mike Gornall for contributing in a big way,” Berry said. ”
UND is on the road for three of its next four series.
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