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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published February 15 2014

UND routs Miami in men's hockey

GRAND FORKS – The University of North Dakota had two goals disallowed in the first period Saturday.

Not even that could keep UND from dishing out a historical beatdown on Saturday night.

Nick Mattson scored twice and Jordan Schmaltz, Colten St. Clair, Rocco Grimaldi, Keaton Thompson, Drake Caggiula, Dillon Simpson and Brendan O’Donnell all added one goal as UND crushed Miami 9-2, handing the RedHawks their most lopsided defeat in the 15-year tenure of coach Enrico Blasi.

UND scored eight times in the opening 33 minutes of the game, then set things on cruise control as the team improved to 12-2-1 in the last 15 games.

“We were ready to play,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “We had a great start. We had a couple of disallowed goals in the first period, but it didn’t really seem to matter what happened the last shift. We were ready to play the next shift. I thought that was the real key to that period. Everybody was ready to play.”

UND (16-9-3, 11-7 National Collegiate Hockey Conference) moved into second place alone in the NCHC standings, three points back of leader St. Cloud State.

“It’s just that time of year where it’s put up or shut up time,” Mattson said. “Every night, if you lose, you’re going to be in third-to-last place. If you win, you’re going to be in first. It’s insane. We just want to make sure to control our own destiny. We played strong.

“Credit that to the adversity we went through at the beginning of the year. We learned some lessons the hard way, but we’re starting to see some dividends pay off now.”

The preseason favorite RedHawks continued their shocking freefall. The last time Miami (10-15-3, 4-13-1 NCHC) lost by seven goals was January of 1997 at Michigan State.

“There were a lot of things that didn’t go our way tonight,” said Blasi, whose team sits in last place in the standings. “They deserved to win from the moment the puck dropped and they didn’t let off the gas.”

A total of 14 players ended up on the scoresheet. Grimaldi led the way with a goal and three assists. Mattson had two goals and an assist. O’Donnell, Paul LaDue, Michael Parks and Mark MacMillan also had two-point games for UND.

UND led the game 4-1 after the first and 8-1 after the second.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, UND, Schmaltz (MacMillan, Grimaldi), 3:35. 2, UND, St. Clair, 6:34. 3, Grimaldi (Pattyn, LaDue), 8:56. 4, UND, Thompson (O’Donnell, Rodwell), 12:58. 5, M, Kuraly (Czarnik, Cook), 15:17 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 6, UND, Caggiula (Grimaldi, Parks), 0:54. 7, UND, Simpson (MacMillan, Parks), 2:28 (pp). 8, UND, Mattson (LaDue), 8:26. 9, UND, Mattson (Grimaldi), 13:00.

THIRD PERIOD: 10, M, Barber (Czarnik), 17:19. 11, UND, O’Donnell (Mattson, Gaarder), 19:04 (pp).

SAVES: UND, Gothberg 9-4-14–27. M, McKay 5-2-6–13, Williams 2-7-x–9.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald