UNO storms past No. 2 Sioux
Blais returns to former home with blowout 8-4 win
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Nebraska-Omaha erupted for five goals in the second period and raced past second-ranked North Dakota, 8-4 on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Joey Martin led the barrage with UNO’s first hat trick of the season as the Mavs snapped a four-game winless streak.
With the win, the Mavericks improved to 13-8-2 on the season and 10-5-2 in the WCHA. The Fighting Sioux fell to 17-7-2 and 12-5-0 in league play. UNO now leads the four-game season series, 2-1-0. The two teams conclude the series on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m.
Leading 2-0 after one, UNO blew the game open in the second period. Chay Genoway cut UNO’s lead in half when he scored his fifth goal of the year at 3:36, but the Sioux started beating a path to the penalty box soon thereafter and the Mavericks hit pay dirt.
Ryan Walters open the floodgates with a goal at 6:23, knocking in the rebound of a shot by Bryce Aneloski to make it 3-1.
Then with the Mavs skating 5-on-3, Martin made it 4-1, snapping a shot through traffic for his second goal of the night. That tally chased starting goalie Aaron Dell who allowed four goals on 18 shots.
His relief, Brad Eidsness, didn’t fare any better. The Mavs had an ensuing 5-on-3 and then got a sixth attacker when UND was whistled for another penalty. Rich Purslow fired in his seventh goal of the year from in tight just 1:04 later.
On yet another two-man advantage, Matt White collected his own rebound and fired home a sharp angle shot for his 10th goal of the year.
Brock Montpetit finished the barrage when he knocked in a goal during a net mouth scramble. It was UNO’s first even-strength goal of the night, and it put UNO up 7-1 after two.
North Dakota narrowed UNO’s lead with three goals in the first 12:20 of the third period. Evan Trupp, Genoway and Jason Gregoire (power play) all scored to make it 7-4.
But Martin concluded the hat trick when he stole a loose puck from Genoway at the UND blue line, roared in and beat Eidsness just 1:27 later to kill the Sioux’s momentum. Martin finished with four points, also assisting on Purslow’s goal.
Eric Olimb finished the night with three assists while Young also added two assists for a three-point night.
The Mavericks opened the scoring on the power play just past the halfway mark of the first period. Martin fired a shot from the top of the slot that deflected through the five hole of North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell.
UNO padded its lead less than two minutes later. While shorthanded, Matt Ambroz carried the puck down the right wing and found defenseman Mike Young trailing the play. He fired home his first collegiate goal and UNO’s first shorthanded tally to make it 2-0 after one.
John Faulkner finished the game with 33 saves as the Mavericks were outshot, 37-33. Eidsness took the loss in relief with four goals against on 15 shots.
The eight goals scored by the Mavericks matched their season high set on Oct. 8 in an 8-0 win over Clarkson. It was also the most goals allowed by the Sioux in the nearly 10-year history of Engelstad Arena.
UNO went 5-for-7 on the power play while killing off eight of nine UND advantages.