UND buries St. Cloud State with eight goalsNorth Dakota hadn’t scored six points in a game all season, but they achieved it in a single period against Western Collegiate Hockey Association leader St. Cloud State on Saturday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — North Dakota hadn’t scored six points in a game all season, but they achieved it in a single period against Western Collegiate Hockey Association leader St. Cloud State on Saturday.
Chris VandeVelde’s goal 41 seconds into the second period ignited a six-goal outburst that carried the Fighting Sioux (14-11-5, 9-20-3 WCHA) to an 8-1 win over the fourth-ranked Huskies (19-9-4, 14-7-3). VandeVelde finished with three assists for the first four-point game of his career. He had six points in the series, giving him 103 career points.
Matt Frattin, who returned at the semester break, scored his first two goals of the season.
“We played similar to the way we played last night,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. “We were hard to play against right from the drop of the puck. This is a good win.”
North Dakota snapped a three-game losing streak with its largest scoring output of the season. VandeVelde’s goal at 41 seconds got things started, and the period ended with the Huskies down 6-0.
The Fighting Sioux (14-11-5, 9-20-3 WCHA) had not won since beating Cornell 3-1 on Jan. 23. St. Cloud State (19-9-4, 14-7-3) beat UND 4-3 on Friday to take over first place in the WCHA.
Darcy Zajac, Derrick LaPoint, Jake Marto, Corban Knight and Danny Kristo also had second-period goals for UND. Frattin scored both third-period goals for UND. Twelve Sioux players scored points.
“We didn’t let up after four, five or six went in,” Hakstol said.
Oliver Lauridsen ended Brad Eidsness’ shutout bid in the third. Eidsness had 24 saves for UND, while Mike Lee and Dan Dunn combined for 33 for the Huskies.