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GameCenter final: UND 6, Alaska 2

Jan. 6—GRAND FORKS — Riese Gaber scored a goal had three points to finish off a six-point weekend as UND beat Alaska 6-2 to finish a series sweep. Hunter Johannes scored twice and Owen McLaughlin had a goal and an assist. Hobie Hedquist stopped 17 of 19 to get his second win.

First star: Riese Gaber, UND, 1 goal, 3 points.

Second star: Owen McLaughlin, UND, 1 goal, 2 points.

Third star: Hunter Johannes, UND, 2 goals.

UND 1, Alaska 0 — Riese Gaber 11 5:17 (pp). UND converts on a five-minute major to Alaska defenseman Arvils Bergmanis. The Fighting Hawks set up a play for Hunter Johannes between the dots. His shot is blocked in front, Alaska defenseman Caleb MacDonald attempts to clear it from the top of the crease, but Gaber intercepts the pass and rips his 11th goal of the season past goalie Pierce Charleson.

UND 2, Alaska 0 — Hunter Johannes 8 (Riese Gaber, Owen McLaughlin) 11:47. McLaughlin has the puck along the left wall and makes a terrific pass to lead Gaber into space. Gaber skates it to the middle of the rink and snaps a shot that hits Johannes on the leg and gets past Charleson.

UND 2, Alaska 1 — Payton Matsui 4 (Arvils Bergmanis) 15:51 (dp). UND gets caught on a long shift and Alaska gets behind the Fighting Hawks defense. Bergmanis feeds Matsui, who is hooked by Jackson Blake as he hits the top of the crease. Matsui slips the puck five-hole on UND goalie Hobie Hedquist for the goal. He also draws a power play for the Nanooks.

UND 2, Alaska 2 — Brady Risk 10 (Arvils Bergmanis, Caleb MacDonald) 16:53 (pp). Alaska capitalizes on the ensuing power play and ties it up. Bergmanis has the puck in the right circle and makes a cross-ice seam pass to Risk in the left circle. Risk hammers a one-timer past Hedquist for his 10th goal of the season.

UND 3, Alaska 2 — Cameron Berg 9 (Riese Gaber, Jake Livanavage) 6:54. UND goes back in front thanks to its best line of the weekend. Gaber fires a shot from the high slot that hits Berg in front. Berg finds the loose puck and sends it home for his seventh goal in the last eight games. It's Gaber's third point of the night and sixth of the weekend.

UND 4, Alaska 2 — Owen McLaughlin 7 (Jackson Blake, Dylan James) 4:26. James and Blake go hard on a forecheck and get rewarded for it. Blake fights off a check to get it deep, James wins a battle along the end wall, Blake picks it up and shovels a pass to McLaughlin, who goes top shelf for his fifth point of the weekend.

UND 5, Alaska 2 — Jayden Perron 8 (Garrett Pyke) 12:22. UND is buzzing in the offensive zone and it leads to another goal. Perron breaks a seven-game goal drought with a snipe from high in the zone with Jake Schmaltz screening the goalie. Pyke extends his point streak to seven games with the assist.

UND 6, Alaska 2 — Hunter Johannes 9 19:58 (en). Johannes beats the buzzer with an empty-netter from his own zone to finish off a two-goal night.

Forwards

28 Hunter Johannes—14 Cameron Berg—17 Riese Gaber

26 Dylan James—22 Owen McLaughlin—9 Jackson Blake

27 Louis Jamernik V—8 Nick Schmaltz—18 Jayden Perron

29 Jackson Kunz—21 Ben Strinden—13 Carson Albrecht

24 Michael Emerson

Defensemen

7 Garrett Pyke—25 Abram Wiebe

4 Jake Livanavage—20 Keaton Pehrson

6 Logan Britt—2 Bennett Zmolek

Goaltenders

30 Hobie Hedquist

1 Kaleb Johnson

Not in lineup: G Ludvig Persson (ill), F Dane Montgomery, F Griffin Ness, D Nate Benoit, D Tanner Komzak

Forwards

14 Anton Rubtsov—24 Harrison Israels—11 Brady Risk

15 Braden Birnie—26 Payton Matsui—16 Chase Dubois

4 Jonny Sorenson—37 Chase Dafoe—40 Matt Koethe

34 Kyle Gaffney—25 Cade Neilson—20 Cade Ahrenholz

Defensemen

9 Caleb MacDonald—6 T.J. Lloyd

38 Arvils Bergmanis—12 A.J. Macaulay

7 Broten Sabo—39 Dawson Bruneski

13 Xavier Jean-Louis

Goaltenders

29 Pierce Charleson

1 Will Hambley

35 Lassi Lehti

Not in lineup: F William Lawson-Body (warmup skater), F Edvards Bergmanis, F Brayden Nicholetts, F Matteo Pecchia, F Filip Wilberg, D Will Hilfiker, D Derek Pys

Referees — Brandon Schmitt and Justin Hills

Linesmen — Daniel Naylor and Andy Dokken

Supervisor — Mike Schmitt

UND is starting Hobie Hedquist for a second-straight night. Ludvig Persson will miss the game with an illness. . . UND's only other change is Michael Emerson for Nate Benoit as the 19th skater. . . Alaska is warming up Grand Forks native William Lawson-Body. . . The Nanooks are putting Cade Ahrenholz in for Brayden Nicholettes up front and juggling the third and fourth lines. . . The goalie battle is Hedquist vs. Pierce Charleson. . . Garrett Pyke enters the game on a six-game point streak.