No. 4 UND climbs atop WCHA
Sioux blast Colorado College to reclaim sole possession of first
North Dakota Athletics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- With injured captain Chay Genoway sitting out on Saturday, the Fighting Sioux were seeking a little something extra throughout the lineup in response to last night's 4-2 loss to Colorado College.
The response was loud and clear as six different players scored in a 6-0 Fighting Sioux victory, and win that enabled the Sioux to reclaim sole possession of first place in the WCHA ahead of idle Denver.
All five goal-scorers -- Brock Nelson, Brett Hextall, Carter Rowney, Matt Frattin and Derrick LaPoint -- broke scoring droughts of at least five games in what was a thoroughly dominant opening two periods. The Sioux outshot the Tigers 9-2 in the first period and 28-8 after two periods.
Sophomore Joe Gleason capped the scoring in the third period by ending the ultimate goal drought, picking up his first career goal.
At the other end, sophomore goalie Aaron Dell slammed the door and made 21 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Half of those 26 saves came in the third period when the Tigers made an expected push.
Nelson delivered the fast start the Sioux were looking for, beating CC goalie Joe Howe on a picture-perfect wrap-around just 5:03 into the game.
The Sioux blew the game wide open with four goals in a second period in which they completely overwhelmed the Tigers. Hextall, playing in his 100th career game, one-timed a Corban Knight centering passing to make it a 2-0 Sioux lead 2:21 into the period. Less than two minutes later, Rowney grabbed a rebound in front of the net and patiently waited until Howe committed and tucked the puck around his outstretched leg.
Frattin and LaPoint each scored in the final 1:25 of the third period to put the game out of reach. UND went 1-for-6 on the power-play and killed all four CC chances.
The Sioux outshot the Tigers 32-21 and exerted their physical will on CC the entire night.
UND, which leads Denver by one point and Minnesota Duluth by two in the WCHA standings, is off next week. The Sioux will return to action Feb. 11-12 when they host Alaska Anchorage.