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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published November 09 2013

UND suffers fourth straight loss in men's hockey

OMAHA, Neb. – Gage Ausmus was 11 years old growing up in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Luke Johnson was only 12, living right across the river.

Yes, it has been quite a while since the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team has lost four games in a row.

But after Saturday night’s 4-2 loss to Nebraska-Omaha, that’s just what happened for a UND team that has come up short in all different manners during the last month.

This time, a team missing three regular forwards put forth a push strong enough to win, but a late power play turned into the game-winning goal for a Mavericks team that has won three straight with late tallies.

Detroit Lakes, Minn., product Tanner Lane scored with 7 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the third period – seconds after an Omaha power play had expired – to send UND to 2-4-1 overall and 1-4 in National Collegiate Hockey Association play.

“When I was a little kid, I was taught to hate to lose, not love to win,” UND defenseman Troy Stecher said. “Everyone’s got to start hating to lose. It sucks. That’s the only way to put it. (Losing four) in a row is something this program doesn’t like doing. It doesn’t sit well with us.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, NO, Polk (Pearce, Parizek), 3:05.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, NO, Zombo (Ortega, Megna) 3, UND, Johnson (Simpson), 11:50 (pp). 4, UND, Schmaltz (Chyzyk, Grimaldi), 17:37.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, NO, Lane (Walters, Cooper), 12:31. 6, NO, Archibald (Walters, Zombo), 19:05.

SAVES: UND, Gothberg 27. NO, Massa 28.


Brad E. Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald