- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota left nothing to chance Saturday, scoring four times in the first period and coasting to a 5-1win over Colorado College to sweep their National Collegiate Hockey Conference series.

With the win, second-ranked UND advances to next weekend’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis. UND won Friday’s opener 7-1.

“This was one of our goals at the beginning of the year, to advance to the Frozen Faceoff. The guys did a good job this weekend,” UND coach Brad Berry said.

Nick Schmaltz had a goal and two assists and Brock Boeser assisted on three goals for the Fighting Hawks (30-5-3).

Drake Caggiula, Austin Poganski, Hayden Shaw and Joel Janatuinen also scored.

UND jumped on the Tigers (6-29-1) early, prompting them to replace goalie Jacob Nehama with Derek Shatzer to start the second period. Colorado College has lost 11 straight games

North Dakota scored twice in a matter of seconds to go up 2-0.

Schmaltz scored on the rebound of a Keaton Thompson shot at 3:55 of the first period.

“We knew they were going to come out with some fire because their season was on the line,” Schmaltz said. “We matched that and made some plays.”

Seventeen seconds later, Janatuinen scored under Nehama, who was knocked into his own net by a teammate and unable to make a stop.

Shaw scored for the second straight night - his second goal of the season - at 13:36 to give UND a 3-0 lead and Caggiula made it 4-0 with six seconds left in the first period.

“Good players making good plays,” Berry said. “They see the ice and that’s a big deal.”

Derek Shatzer replaced Nehama in goal for Colorado College to start the second period and allowed only Austin Poganski’s goal at 4:18 of the second period. They combined for 23 saves. Cam Johnson had 22 saves for UND.

Colorado College finally got on the board when Matt Hansen scored on the power play at 18:17 of the second period.

UND has won eight straight games and Berry is the first rookie coach at UND to win 30 games in a season.

“The 30 wins . We just look at one game at a time, the old cliché game,” Berry said. “It’s the players working and buying into the system.”


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