- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Drake Caggiula had a goal and three assists as North Dakota routed Providence College 6-1 Friday in a showdown between top-5 teams.

Caggiula scored the game’s final goal on a short-handed breakaway at 14:22 of the third period. It was UND’s third short-handed goal in two games.

Caggiula, Luke Johnson, Michael Parks and Bryn Chyzyk all scored their first goals of the season. Johnson and Tucker Poolman’s goals were on the power play.

Caggiula assisted on all three second-period goals by UND.

“Personal stats don’t really mean much,” Caggiula said. “We won 6-1. It was a very good game all around. Our goals are to play fast and play hard and we executed that. All four lines did that today.”

UND has scored 16 goals in its last three games while extending its winning streak to four games. It has beaten Providence six straight times, but they had not met since 1989.

UND goalie Zane McIntyre was half a period away from a shutout before Kevin Rooney scored for the Friars at 10:48 of the third period.

McIntyre had 22 saves. He hasn’t given up more than two goals since a 5-1 loss to Bemidji State in the season opener.

Paul LaDue also scored for UND. Jordan Schmaltz had three assists and Nick Schmaltz two.

North Dakota got seven points from its defense. It also held the Friars scoreless on eight power plays.

“It comes down to everybody collectively working hard and working within the systems and it’s going to be a different guy each night making a play or two,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said.

It was everybody working together and attacking the net that led to goals. All but Caggiula’s breakaway came off rebounds.

Former All-American goalie Jon Gillies made 20 saves in two periods for Providence. But he was replaced in nets by Nick Ellis to start the third period. Ellis made eight stops.

UND led 2-0 when LaDue and Poolman scored 2:23 apart in the second period to go up 4-0, and Chyzyk added a fifth goal early in the third.

Things got a little chippy down the stretch. UND was down a man when Caggiula stole the puck at center ice and raced down the slot before beating Ellis with a wrister.

Providence is 0-for-16 on the power play in its first three games.

“This was a hard battle tonight, it doesn’t matter what the scoreboard showed,” Hakstol said.

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