GameCenter final: UND 4, Denver 2

Jan. 27—GRAND FORKS — UND scored twice during a five-minute major power play in the third period to beat Denver 4-2 in the series finale and earn a series sweep. Cameron Berg, Jackson Kunz, Owen McLaughlin and Riese Gaber scored the goals. UND's streak without a regulation loss is now at 19 games, two shy of the program record.

First star: Owen McLaughlin, UND, 1 goal, 3 points.

Second star: Jackson Kunz, UND, 1 goal.

Third star: Jake Livanavage, UND, 2 assists.

Denver 1, UND 0 — Jared Wright 7 (Rieger Lorenz) 1:46. Denver gets a matchup with its second line on UND's fourth and it takes advantage. UND defenseman Keaton Pehrson has a shot blocked from the point and Denver goes the other way with its speediest skater. Wright has enough speed to gain space on UND's Jake Livanavage. Fighting Hawks goalie Ludvig Persson makes the initial save on Wright, but the Kings draft pick buries it on the rebound.

Denver 1, UND 1 — Cameron Berg 14 (Jake Livanavage, Jackson Blake) 13:20 (pp). UND's power play stays red hot and it makes McKade Webster pay for taking a late hit on Louis Jamernik V. Berg catches a pass from Livanavage in the left circle and fires a shot through a Jackson Kunz screen. UND's power play is now 9-for-20 since Christmas and 4-for-6 in the last two weekends.

Denver 2, UND 1 — Sam Harris 5 (Shai Buium, Jack Devine) 7:17. UND struggles to advance the puck, gets caught in its own zone for consecutive shifts and ends up paying for it. Shai Buium carries the puck to the goal line, Harris pops out to the left circle and the two connect on a short pass. Harris rifles a shot off the bar and in to give the Pioneers the lead again.

Denver 2, UND 2 — Jackson Kunz 3 (Owen McLaughlin, Abram Wiebe) 13:25. McLaughlin sends Kunz on a breakaway and he buries his third goal of the year. Denver goalie Matt Davis makes the initial stop, but the rebound comes right back to Kunz, who puts it away.

UND 3, Denver 2 — Owen McLaughlin 9 (Jackson Blake, Jake Livanavage) 12:01 (pp). UND takes advantage of a five-minute major to Sean Behrens for contacting Ben Strinden's head. After a lengthy shift in the offensive zone — aided by a tremendous hold by Livanavage — McLaughlin snaps one from the left circle through a screen to give UND its first lead of the night.

UND 4, Denver 2 — Riese Gaber 13 (Garrett Pyke, Owen McLaughlin) 12:46 (pp). UND adds another goal on the major. This one is a classic Gaber power-play goal. He snaps one through a screen from the right circle.


18 Jayden Perron—14 Cameron Berg—17 Riese Gaber

26 Dylan James—22 Owen McLaughlin—9 Jackson Blake

27 Louis Jamernik V—8 Jake Schmaltz—21 Ben Strinden

29 Jackson Kunz—11 Griffin Ness—5 Dane Montgomery


7 Garrett Pyke—25 Abram Wiebe

4 Jake Livanavage—20 Keaton Pehrson

6 Logan Britt—2 Bennett Zmolek

15 Nate Benoit


32 Ludvig Persson

30 Hobie Hedquist

1 Kaleb Johnson

Not in lineup: F Hunter Johannes (lower body), F Carson Albrecht (upper body), D Tanner Komzak


6 McKade Webster—13 Massimo Rizzo—4 Jack Devine

14 Rieger Lorenz—15 Carter King—18 Jared Wright

16 Tristan Broz—7 Aidan Thompson—10 Miko Matikka

12 Sam Harris—22 Connor Caponi—29 Tristan Lemyre


2 Sean Behrens—28 Zeev Buium

9 Boston Buckberger—8 Shai Buium

3 Cale Ashcroft—21 Kent Anderson

11 Lucas Olvestad


35 Matt Davis

1 Freddie Halyk

30 Paxton Geisel

Not in lineup: D Garrett Brown (lower body), F Alex Weiermair, F Kieran Cebrian, F Peter LaJoy, G Jack Caruso

Referees — Nick Krebsbach and Brian Hankes

Linesmen — Tyler Liffrig and Kyle Stephens

Supervisor — Mike Schmitt

No lineup changes for either team. . . Hunter Johannes will miss his third-straight game with a lower-body injury. Carson Albrecht is out with an upper-body injury. . . Denver defenseman Garrett Brown is out for the season with a lower-body injury. . . UND has taken seven of nine points head-to-head with Denver this season, clinching the regular-season series. . . Jackson Blake has a seven-game point streak and has entered the top-10 nationally in scoring. . . The NCAA's leading scorer, Massimo Rizzo, was held without a point Friday. He hasn't been held without a point in back-to-back games this season. . . Denver junior goalie Matt Davis is 19-4-2 in his career and has never lost back-to-back games. . . On Friday, Ludvig Persson won his 14th game of the season. That's the same number he won in the last two combined.