COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — One streak is over.
The more important one is still going.
UND senior captain Jordan Kawaguchi was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season, but UND beat Colorado College 2-1 on Monday anyway to extend its winning streak to six games.
Freshman Riese Gaber scored a power-play goal late in the second period and Grant Mismash scored early in the third to lift the Fighting Hawks to 9-2-1 on the season and 5-0 with its World Junior players, Jake Sanderson and Tyler Kleven, in the lineup.
Goalie Adam Scheel stopped 23 of 24 shots — and 50 of 51 for the weekend — against a Colorado College team playing without its captain and leading goal-scorer, Grant Cruikshank (appendicitis). The lone goal Scheel allowed was a power-play tally to Ben Copeland late in the second period.
UND next has a showdown against Denver in Magness Arena.
The Fighting Hawks moved within one point of St. Cloud State for first place in the league. The Huskies have played one more game than UND.
There's been one constant in the current six-game winning streak — UND has never trailed. That was the case again Monday night.
UND got its first opportunity on the power play late in the second period and needed just eight seconds to get on the board.
Center Shane Pinto won a draw back to Matt Kiersted, who dished it to Gaber at the top of the right circle. Gaber walked it between a couple of Tiger defenders and fired a shot from just outside the hash marks. Tiger goalie Dominic Basse made the initial save, but Gaber crashed the net and scored on the rebound of his own shot at 14:26.
Penalty problems finally caught up with the Fighting Hawks late in the second when the Tigers converted on the first of their eight chances in the series. Copeland snapped a shot from the left circle five-hole on UND goalie Adam Scheel, whose shutout streak ended at 132:15. It was the first goal he had allowed all weekend.
Copeland's goal also ended UND's run of 23-straight penalty kills.
The Fighting Hawks regained the lead early in the third period when Fighting Hawks forward Collin Adams and Tiger defenseman Bryan Yoon chased a loose puck by the point. Adams won it and started a two-on-one rush with Mismash. Adams made the feed and Mismash finished it for his sixth of the season and second of the weekend at 1:41.
UND limited Colorado College's chances in the third. The Tigers had just three shots on goal in the third.
It may have been UND's final game in World Arena, which opened in 1998. The Tigers are opening an on-campus rink, Ed Robson Arena, next season.