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UND sweeps Colorado College with dramatic OT goal

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UND's Jasper Weatherby collides with former Fighting Hawk and current Colorado College forward Chris Wilkie (34) Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service2 / 4
UND's Jackson Keane eyes the puck in front of the Colorado College goal in the first period of Saturday's home hockey game. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service3 / 4
Fighting Hawks defenseman Hayden Shaw (second from left) celebrates his first period and first goal of the season with teammates during Saturday's home hockey game against Colorado College. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service4 / 4

GRAND FORKS -- Adam Scheel was vomiting all night and this morning.

When he arrived at Ralph Engelstad Arena at 9 a.m. for morning skate, the coaching staff sent him home to get rest and fluids.

“It was concerning,” said University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry, who is already without injured goalie Peter Thome. “We sent him home right away. He got some fluids. I don’t think he ate a whole lot, but he got some fluids in him. He came back to the rink with a smile on his face, ready to go. I’m proud of him for digging in and finding a way to get it done.”

Scheel’s teammates dug in and found a way to get it done, too.

For the second-straight night, UND beat Colorado College with a dramatic overtime goal -- this one by Jordan Kawaguchi to secure a 3-2 win and UND’s first National Collegiate Hockey Conference sweep of the season.

On the winning goal, Nick Jones picked up a rebound of a Kawaguchi shot and attempted a wraparound. Colorado College forward Grant Cruikshank crashed the crease and got tangled with goalie Alex Leclerc, igniting chaos around the net.

Jones didn’t score on his wraparound attempt, but the rebound bounced out to Kawaguchi in the left circle. With Leclerc still down and out of the play, Kawaguchi roofed it to finish the win.

“Honestly, I blacked out. The whole play before Nick came around the net is a blur to me,” Kawaguchi said. “I don’t remember a lot. I just remember seeing the puck and just trying to get it toward the open net. Jonesy made a hell of a play and Luddy (Ludvig Hoff). Those two guys battled all weekend and they made that play happen.”

UND improved to 11-9-1 and 5-5 in NCHC play, while Colorado College fell to 8-12-2 and 2-7-1 after the back-to-back overtime games.

“It was kind of the same game in finishing it off in overtime, but it was a different way of winning the game,” Berry said. “We have to learn from tonight as far as being undisciplined in the second period. It wasn’t the way we play as far as being team-first. We took a couple penalties that were undisciplined. It’s one of those things where you have guys waiting on the bench to get on the ice. And that’s the strength of our team, when four lines are rolling six ‘D’ are getting out there. When you take penalties, it drains guys out of the game. We’ve got to make sure we remember that.

“We’ll take the win, but we’ve got to make sure we move forward here and remember we’ve got to play hard and play with discipline.”