5 things you might’ve missed in UND’s 4-3 overtime win over Colorado College
GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota freshman defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker didn’t get the goal this time in the Fighting Hawks’ 4-3 overtime victory over Colorado College on Friday night, Jan. 11, at Ralph Engelstad Arena, but the play was awfully similar to the rookie’s game-winning play earlier this season.
On Nov. 3, Bernard-Docker beat Wisconsin in overtime when his shot from the right point found the back of the net untouched to beat the Badgers.
On the same net, from the same spot on the ice, Bernard-Docker won it against the Tigers but this time he had the help of Ludvig Hoff, who tipped the shot past Colorado College goalie Alex Leclerc.
On both plays, Bernard-Docker showed poise by dragging the puck to the side of the defender to alter the angle of his shot.
2. Suspension watch
UND could be looking at needing to make a defensive change in the series finale.
Fighting Hawks defenseman Gabe Bast received a five-minute major for contact to the head on a high hit in the neutral zone in the third period on Alex Berardinelli, who received medical attention on the ice and didn’t return to the game.
The NCHC, whose director of officials Don Adam was in attendance at the game, will review the play and could suspend Bast for the hit.
That would mean either sophomore defenseman Josh Rieger is plugged into the lineup after he was a healthy scratch in the series opener or extra skater Casey Johnson moves back to defense. Johnson has played forward all season this year but is a former defenseman.
UND dealt with a suspension earlier this season when defenseman Matt Kiersted missed the Denver series finale after a spearing penalty at the conclusion of Friday night’s game.
3. Smith has dominant showing
UND’s 6-foot-3 junior forward Cole Smith didn’t have a goal against Colorado College, but he was one of the most dominant players in the game.
Smith, who assisted on Hoff’s game-winning goal in overtime, was the key force on his line with Gavin Hain and Mark Senden.
That line possessed the puck in the offensive zone on nearly every shift.
Andrew Peski’s goal to make it 2-0 in the second period came after another impressive shift by Smith’s line.
An underrated point in the game came late in the second period when Smith’s line forced a nearly two-minute shift out of Colorado College forwards Troy Conzo, Erik Middendorf and Trevor Gooch.
They ended up icing the puck and Colorado College was forced to use its timeout, which came back to haunt the Tigers in the third.
The same Colorado College unit was stuck on the ice for nearly 90 seconds late in the third period. They eventually iced the puck but didn’t have a timeout to use to rest their players.
UND won the faceoff and 25 seconds later, Jordan Kawaguchi scored the game-tying goal with the same tired forwards on the ice.
4. Wilkie plays well against former team
Former UND forward Chris Wilkie, who transferred to Colorado College last season, was in the starting lineup for the Tigers and had a big game against his former team.
Wilkie was nearly the hero for the Tigers, scoring a go-ahead goal at 3:27 of the third period to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Wilkie finished with seven shots on goal. Strangely enough, it was the most shots on goal for Wilkie since Jan. 28, 2017, when he had eight shots on goal against Colorado College.
The offensive showing might’ve caught REA fans off guard, as Wilkie finished his UND career with one goal in his last 34 games played.
5. UND goalie out with injury
UND goalie Peter Thome wasn’t dressed in the series opener after suffering an undisclosed injury at practice this week.
With Thome unavailable, the Hawks dressed No. 3 goalie Ryan Anderson as the backup to starter Adam Scheel.
The only healthy scratch was Rieger. Grant Mismash, Joel Janatuinen and Jonny Tychonick were out with either injury or illness.