Gameday Final: UND 4, Omaha 2

TONIGHT’S VIEWING: Midco Sports Network. Lineup notes: O’Donnell goes up to LW on the top line. Caggiula to the LW on the second line. Peters gets his third start of the season in net with Massa out. Saunders starts for UND. GF native Alex Simonson in the lineup for Omaha.

First period

No scoring.

Second period

Omaha 1 , UND 0 — Brian Cooper (Dominic Zombo, Jake Guentzel) 8:15. After a nice cycle by Omaha, the puck goes to Cooper at the point. With Archibald screening in the high slot, Cooper wrists one past Saunders for his first goal of the year.

Omaha 1, UND 1 — Mark MacMillan (Drake Caggiula, Mark MacMillan) 11:05. After UND fails to connect on a few plays, it makes a pretty one to tie it up. Parks has the puck on the left wall and sends it to Caggiula on the inside of the left circle. Caggiula dishes it to MacMillan who doesn’t miss on the back side.

Third period

UND 2, Omaha 1 — Michael Parks (Mark MacMillan, Jordan Schmaltz) :35. Schmaltz starts a rush with a pass to MacMillan, who is flying up the left wing. MacMillan shows great patience to wait for the play to develop. Parks joins the rush late, MacMillan hits him. Parks gets to the top of the crease, waits out the goalie and goes top shelf with the backhand.

UND 3, Omaha 1 — Brendan O’Donnell (Dillon Simpson) 8:48. Simpson sent a puck to the slot area, where Megna was in good position to pick it up. Megna didn’t see O’Donnell standing behind him, though, and O’Donnell lifted his stick, turned and shot in one motion, snapping a 14-game goal drought.

UND 3, Omaha 2 — Ryan Walters (Austin Ortega, Brock Montpetit) 17:29. Walters comes around from the back of the net and tries to jam it in. The puck goes high into the air, hits Saunders’ back and rolls across the line. It is the first even-strength goal of the season for Walters.

UND 4, Omaha 2 — Rocco Grimaldi (Dillon Simpson) 19:32 (en). UND players are stuck on the ice for an extended time, but Grimaldi flips a backhand from his own end out of the zone and in the empty net to seal it.

UND’s lines

21 Brendan O’Donnell–19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks
28 Stephane Pattyn–13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair–7 Wade Murphy

18 Dillon Simpson–24 Jordan Schmaltz
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher

33 Clarke Saunders
30 Matt Hrynkiw

Omaha’s lines

20 Jake Guentzel–14 Dominic Zombo–15 Josh Archibald
17 Ryan Walters–12 Brock Montpetit–16 Austin Ortega
23 Johnnie Searfoss–19 Tanner Lane–13 Zahn Raubenheimer
9 James Polk–25 Justin Parizek–10 Alex Simonson

8 Jaycob Megna–11 Nick Seeler
7 Michael Young–28 Brian O’Rourke
2 Brian Cooper–24 Ian Brady

1 Reed Peters
29 Kirk Thompson