Jan. 25, 2010

Courtesy of North Dakota

ITHACA, N.Y. -- For the second consecutive night, the University of North Dakota men's hockey team came through with another effective, 60-minute performance in a hostile road environment.

And this time, the result matched the effort.

Forwards Brad Malone, Chris VandeVelde and Jason Gregoire provided the offense, while sophomore goalie Brad Eidsness provided shutout hockey for 59 minutes and 50 seconds in a 3-1 UND win over host Cornell in front of a sold out Lynah Rink crowd.

The victory snapped a three-game winless skid and improved UND to 13-8-5 overall and 5-1-2 in non-conference play.

VandeVelde's goal midway through the third period held up as the winner. With the Sioux clinging to 1-0 lead, VandeVelde stripped the puck from a Big Red defenseman in front of the Cornell net and slid it across the slot to Gregoire. With Cornell goalie Ben Scrivens moving laterally, Gregoire one-timed the puck back to VandeVelde for the easy tip into the open net.

The goal, VandeVelde's seventh of the season, gave the Sioux a 2-0 lead with 8:42 left in the period.

Cornell pushed frantically to get on the scoreboard, pulling Scrivens for the extra attacker with 2:35 remaining. The Big Red finally ruined Eidsness' shutout bid with 9.6 seconds left, when Blake Gallagher threw a desperation turnaround shot from above the circle that beat Eidsness through traffic.

On the ensuing faceoff, Gregoire gained possession of the puck in the neutral zone, entered the zone and sealed the victory with an empty net goal.

It was Gregoire's team-leading 13th goal of the year.

The Sioux opened the scoring just 1:33 into the game when Malone received an Evan Trupp centering pass above the crease and out-waited Scrivens before beating him with a forehand move.

The goal, Malone's seventh of the year, stood as the game's only tally until VandeVelde's game winner midway through the third.

UND turned in another stingy defensive effort for the second straight night, holding Cornell to just 16 shots, including only five in the third period. Last night Cornell had 15 shots, the fewest by a Sioux opponent this season.

The Sioux penalty kill was outstanding, killing all seven Cornell power play chances and all 12 on the weekend.

The Fighting Sioux host Denver next weekend at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

NOTES: UND is 9-0-1 this season when Gregoire scores. ... Eidsness and Dell stopped 29 of 31 shots on the weekend. ... Gregoire's goal was his first in four games. ... VandeVelde snaps a four-game point drought, the longest in his career since February of his freshman year. ... UND is 9-0-1 this season when Gregoire scores.