COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The parking lot at World Arena was still covered in snow Sunday night. It had not been plowed or shoveled.
The gate that leads to the players' usual game day entrance was closed and locked. The parking attendant's booth was empty and the lot was pitch black.
There were few signs that a college hockey game was being played in World Arena, but UND didn't forget to show up.
Tyler Kleven scored in his first game back from the World Juniors, while Collin Adams had a goal and an assist and Grant Mismash a goal in UND's 3-0 win over Colorado College in front of an empty building, sans 32 cardboard cutouts and essential personnel, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UND captain Jordan Kawaguchi added an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games. He has at least one in every game this season.
Goalie Adam Scheel stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season.
UND won its fifth-straight game — it has not trailed at any point in those five games — in its first game since leaving the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Pod on Dec. 20.
The Fighting Hawks (8-2-1) will aim for a series sweep at 8 p.m. Monday.
In his first game since winning gold at the World Junior Championship, Kleven scored to give the Fighting Hawks an early lead at 9:43 of the opening frame.
Judd Caulfield started the play by picking up a puck in the defensive zone, flipping it around a defender in the neutral zone and chasing it down. He attempted a wraparound, but couldn't get it to go, so he flipped the puck back to Kleven at the point. Kleven launched a shot through a screen by Louis Jamernik, the forward UND added to the roster over Christmas break.
The Fighting Hawks added to the lead with a pair of goals in the second.
The first was a tic-tac-toe goal between three UND senior forwards at 5:52. That play was started by Scheel, who made a stretch pass to Kawaguchi. UND's captain made a touch pass for Mismash, who gave it back to Kawaguchi at the top of the right circle. Kawaguchi dished it to Collin Adams, who was camped out on the left side of the crease. Adams touched it back across the crease to Mismash, who put it away.
UND added to the lead at 13:20, converting a power-play chance. Defenseman Matt Kiersted hammered a shot from the top that hit Riese Gaber, then was tipped by Adams. The puck shot high into the air, landed behind Vernon and trickled across the goal line.