- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

DENVER (AP) - DENVER (AP) - Nick Mattson had a goal and an assist to lead No. 1-ranked North Dakota to a 3-1 win over Denver University Saturday in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference

Mattson wasn’t in the lineup for Friday’s 4-1 loss, which extend the Pioneers’ winning streak against top-ranked teams to three games.

But UND (13-4-2, 6-3-1) came out stronger on Saturday, taking a 3-0 lead after two periods to equal its largest win total before Christmas under coach Dave Hakstol. UND also won 13 games in 2010-11 and 2004-05.

“I felt like we emptied every last drop that we had. Our guys laid it on the line,” Hakstol said. “They won in a tough building coming off a tough loss last night. It’s an excellent way to end our first half.”

UND goalie Zane McIntyre made 32 saves, most in the third period as the Pioneers took 16 shots.

Mattson, plying in just his 10th game, netted his first goal of the season at 13:48 of the first period, wristing a shot past Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet. He assisted on Drake Caggiula’s second-period goal that made it 3-0.

“That was a big-time play. It might have gone off two posts, I know it went off one,” Hakstol said.

Johnny Simonson, who also sat out Friday’s loss, assisted on Mattson’s goal.

Jaillet had been 3-0-0 for the Pioneers. He, too, sat out Friday’s game in which Evan Cowley backstopped the Pioneers (10-5-0, 4-3-0) and assisted on a goal.

Jaillet also gave up goals to Nick Schmaltz and Drake Caggiula in the second. That all but locked things up for UND, which is 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Nolan Zajac scored for Denver at 9:01 of the third period. At the time, the Pioneers had outshot UND 10-0 in the period. UND got its first shot on goal in the first 11 minutes of the final period.

The Pioneers pulled Jaillet, who had 23 saves, with more than 3 minutes left for an extra skater and outshot UND 16-3 in the third period.

North Dakota is idle until Jan. 9, when it plays host the Minnesota-Duluth. Hakstol said the break should help UND mends some bumps and bruises.

“We went all the way through the first half without a week off, I love that,” Hakstol said. “But you never have that four- or five-day period where you can rest everybody. We have a lot of players less than 100 percent. I hope over the next two or three weeks we’ll e able to repair a lot of that.”

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