The quick rundown: UND 7, Omaha 0
UND 7, Omaha 0
The story: One night after struggling for offense, UND exploded for seven goals, while rookie Peter Thome notched his first-career shutout. Austin Poganski scored twice, while Rhett Gardner, Colton Poolman, Joel Janatuinen, Christian Wolanin and Andrew Peski each added one goal. It was Peski's first-career goal in his 49th-career game.
Three stars: 1. Austin Poganski, UND, 2 goals, 1 assist; 2. Rhett Gardner, UND, 1 goal, 2 assists; 3. Peter Thome, UND, 15 saves.
Did you notice? Omaha didn't manage a shot on goal in the second period until there was just one second left. The shot came on the power play. UND held a 19-1 edge in shots on goal in the second.
Lineup notes: UND started freshman Peter Thome in net in place of Cam Johnson. It also scratched highly skilled rookie forwards Grant Mismash and Collin Adams for Dixon Bowen and Zach Yon. It was Bowen's first game since suffering a foot injury on Nov. 17 at Denver. Bowen injured his foot blocking a shot. Omaha started Kris Oldham in net for Evan Weninger, who stopped 34 of 35 shots on Friday. The Mavericks also inserted Cole Pickup for Colin Grannary at left wing on the second line. Omaha again played short on defense with three regulars still sidelined with injuries -- Dean Stewart, Jalen Schulz and Jordan Klehr.
Updated records: UND 11-6-5 (6-4-2 NCHC); Omaha 10-9-1 (3-7 NCHC).
Up next: UND takes on Bemidji State at 7:07 p.m. Friday in Bemidji's Sanford Center. It comes back home to host the Beavers at 7:07 p.m. Saturday in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND 7, OMAHA 0
First period -- 1. UND, Rhett Gardner 5 (Shane Gersich 7, Austin Poganski 3) 17:54. Penalties -- Gersich, UND, roughing, 19:43; Luke Nogard, OMA, roughing, 19:43
Second period -- 2. UND, Colton Poolman 5 (Gabe Bast 7, Gardner 8) 2:46; 3. UND, Joel Janatuinen 2 (Jordan Kawaguchi 4, Andrew Peski 3) 4:02; 4. UND, Christian Wolanin 6 (Janatuinen 7) 16:05. Penalties -- Martin Sundberg, OMA, interference, 2:43; Joel Messner, OMA, hooking, 13:12; Ryan Jones, OMA, roughing, 17:12; Cole Smith, UND, roughing, 17:12; Ludvig Hoff, UND, holding the stick, 19:29
Third period -- 5. UND, Poganski 5 (Gersich 8, Gardner 9) 8:58; 6. Andrew Peski 1 (Kawaguchi 5, Nick Jones 8) 11:09; 7. UND, Poganski 6 (Wolanin 12, Jones 9). Penalties -- Trevor Olson, UND, slashing, 12:11; Grant Gallo, OMA, slashing, 15:40; Lukas Buchta, OMA, tripping, 17:25
Goalie saves -- UND: Peter Thome 6-1-7-- 14; OMA: Kris Oldham 4-16-5 -- 25
Penalties-minutes -- UND 4-8, OMA 7-14
Power plays -- UND 2-5, OMA 0-2
Attendance -- 10,816
Referees -- Dan Dreger and Timm Walsh