Cole Smith tied a sixty five-yr-old fashioned document by scoring seven seconds into the third interval, sparking a 3-aim ultimate interval and giving UND a four-1 win Saturday night time over Western Michigan in entrance of eleven,742 in Ralph Engelstad Area.
The victory sealed a two-recreation collection sweep over the Broncos, who entered the weekend atop the Nationwide Collegiate Hockey Convention standings.
The Preventing Hawks (10-four-four, 5-2-1 NCHC) trailed 1-zero late within the second interval, however Nick Jones scored with 22.three seconds left within the center body and Smith gave UND the lead for good simply seconds into the third interval.
Hayden Shaw and Grant Mismash iced the win with again-to-again tallies within the ultimate eight minutes.
“We’ve not put two video games in a row collectively for some time,” Smith stated. “To do it at residence, for our followers, the final collection earlier than Christmas, it felt actually good. The boys are ecstatic.”
The win places UND a single level behind first-place St. Cloud State within the NCHC standings. UND performs at St. Cloud State subsequent weekend earlier than heading to Christmas break.
Smith, a sophomore from Brainerd, was scratched within the staff’s season-opener at Alaska Anchorage, however has develop into a key participant within the final month.
He has a group-greatest plus-7 score up to now eight video games. He is been on the ice for seven UND objectives and never a single aim towards.
Smith has been in on three recreation-profitable objectives (two objectives, one help), most on the staff this season.
And he got here by way of within the clutch once more Saturday.
Western Michigan middle Hugh McGing gained the third-interval faceoff again, however defenseman-turned-ahead Josh Rieger beat Bronco winger Dawson DiPietro to the puck and tapped it in Smith’s course.
Smith swooped in, picked it up, skated round Western Michigan defenseman Luke Bafia and buried it 5-gap.
“He is an enormous, heavy man who skates extraordinarily nicely,” Berry stated of Smith. “He is robust to deal with when he is obtained momentum.”
It tied Ben Cherski’s faculty report for the quickest aim to start out the third interval. Cherski scored his on Jan. 18, 1952.
Smith came upon concerning the document after the sport.
“That is fairly cool,” he stated.
Western Michigan (9-7-1, 5-three NCHC) was enjoying a great street recreation late within the second interval, limiting UND’s alternatives and main 1-zero on a spotlight-reel aim by Austin Rueschhoff, who danced round Preventing Hawk rookie defenseman Matt Kiersted and roofed a forehand.
However the recreation turned late within the second.
Shane Gersich (two assists) picked a puck out of midair within the defensive zone to start out a rush up the left aspect….