Jackson Blake sets NCHC scoring record

Mar. 9—OMAHA, Neb. — After UND forward Cameron Berg scored a goal against his old team, Omaha, in the first period Friday, he used one of Jackson Blake's goal celebrations.

Berg put one knee on the ice, held his stick over his head and parallel with the ice as he glided toward the center of the rink.

Perhaps it was just the first thing that came to Berg's mind in the moment.

But perhaps it was a nod to Blake, too.

On that play, Blake grabbed the secondary assist and set a National Collegiate Hockey Conference record.

It was Blake's 36th point in conference games this season — most since the league was formed in 2013-14.

He broke the previous record of 35, which was shared between UND's Brock Boeser (2015-16) and Denver's Bobby Brink (2021-22).

Both players are now in the NHL — Boeser with the Vancouver Canucks and Brink with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"When you look at a guy that sets records offensively, you look at, sometimes, a one-dimentional player," UND coach Brad Berry said. "I don't see that in him. He's good defensively. He's a guy that competes hard every game, every practice. There's a reason why he did it. He's going to have a lot of success down the road here, too."

Blake has been at a torrid pace in the second half. He's tallied 25 points in the last 13 games. Had he not played a single game before the new year, he'd still be fifth in the NCHC in league points.

"That kid is outstanding," UND alternate captain Louis Jamernik said. "He's a competitor, a great guy, a great teammate. He works hard and he's obviously extremely skilled."

Blake also is making a push in the Hobey Baker Award chase.

Blake is up to 51 points in all games, which is tied for second nationally. He's just three back of the leader, Boston College's Will Smith.

The 10 Hobey Baker Award finalists will be announced in two weeks.

Final Hobey Baker Award voting is done after the NCAA regionals.

UND has had two previous winners — Tony Hrkac in 1987 and Ryan Duncan in 2007.

Blake also will likely be busy at the NCHC awards banquet March 21 in St. Paul. He's a top candidate for NCHC Player of the Year and NCHC Forward of the Year.