A new opposing goaltender didn't make a difference for UAA in its rematch with North Dakota. A change of venue didn't change anything. And a new week simply brought a familiar result.
No. 4-ranked North Dakota dispatched UAA, 4-1, Friday night in Grand Forks, N.D., a week after the Sioux dismissed the Seawolves 5-0 at a tournament in Fairbanks.
This time around, in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both teams, the Sioux handily outshot the Seawolves 34-18 at Engelstad Arena. A week ago, the spread favoring the Sioux was 33-21.
North Dakota goaltender Zane Gothberg delivered 17 saves Friday, in his collegiate debut. A week ago, junior Clarke Saunders made his North Dakota debut -- he's a transfer from Alabama-Huntsville -- by feeding the Seawolves a 21-save bagel.
UAA dropped to 2-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league. North Dakota improved to 2-1-0 and 1-0-0.
Even when the Seawolves broke through late in the second period Friday -- Alex Gellert's goal stopped UAA's scoreless streak against North Dakota at 95 minutes, 39 seconds, and cut the deficit to 3-1 -- the Sioux responded just 22 seconds later. Derek Forbort's laser from the point restored a three-goal lead at 4-1.
North Dakota played the game with a full lineup. A week ago in Fairbanks, suspensions and injuries reduced North Dakota to nine forwards, three shy of the usual number, and 15 skaters, three shy of the customary total.
After a scoreless first period in which North Dakota outshot UAA 14-2, the Sioux reeled off three goals in the opening seven minutes of the second period to take command.
The deluge started with a tough break for UAA. Corbin Knight's centering pass from behind the net glanced off UAA freshman defenseman Blake Leask and in. Drake Caggiula soon finished off a 2-on-1 feed from Rocco Grimaldi, and with UAA defenseman Austin Coldwell in the penalty box, Carter Rowney deflected Dillon Simpson's point shot for a 3-0 North Dakota lead.
UAA junior goalie Chris Kamal, who got the hook after two periods against North Dakota last week, stopped 30 shots.
The teams meet again Saturday in match that will mark UAA's last game before an idle weekend and a stretch in which it plays just one two-game series in three weeks.
Gellert's goal was his third this season, elevating the senior into a tie for the team goal lead with sophomore winger Scott Allen.
Gellert (3-1--4) and freshman center Blake Tatchell (2-2--4), who assisted on Gellert's goal, both moved into a tie for the team lead in points with Allen (3-1--4) and Matt Bailey (1-3--4).
UAA went scoreless on three power-play opportunities and has converted just once on 17 power-play chances this season. North Dakota went 1 for 3 on the power play and is 3 for 9 with the man advantage against UAA this season.
UAA is 3-27-3 all-time in Grand Forks.
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UAA 0 1 0 -- 1
UND 0 4 0 -- 4
First Period -- None. Penalties -- O'Donnell, UND (tripping), 17:06.
Second Period -- 1, UND, Knight 1 (Kristo), 1:10; 2, UND, Caggiula 1 (Grimaldi, St. Clair), 4:46; 3, UND, Rowney 1 (Simpson, Kristo), 6:58 (pp); 4, UAA, Gellert 3 (Roy, Tatchell), 15:39; 5, UND, Forbert 1 (O'Donnell, Kristo), 16:01. Penalties -- Coldwell, UAA (slashing), 6:35; MacWilliam, UND (roughing), 10:18; Kwas, UAA (roughing), 10:18.
Third Period -- None. Penalties -- Currier, UAA (tripping), 1:40; Rodwell, UND (slashing), 13:22; Pattyn, UND (roughing), 13:22; Tatchell, UAA (roughing), 13:22; MacWilliam, UND (cross-checking), 19:44.
Shots on goal -- UAA 2-12-4--18. UND 14-13-7--34.
Power-play Opportunities -- UAA 0 of 3. UND 1 of 3.
Goalies -- UAA, Kamal, 1-2-0 (34 shots-30 saves). UND, Gothberg, 1-0-0 (18 shots-17 saves).
A -- 11,446 (11,634). T -- 2:12.
Referees -- Butch Mousseaux, Craig Welker. Assistant referees -- Andy Carton, Nathan Freeman.
By DOYLE WOODY