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Nebraska-Omaha pummels North Dakota with five power-play goals

Mavericks' Martin gets the hat trick and a four point night

— Usually when a team scores seven goals in a game, the eighth is merely icing on the finished cake.

When Nebraska Omaha senior center Joey Martin scored on a breakaway at 13:47 of the third period, the goal not only gave him the first hat trick of his collegiate career, but it also destroyed any hope of a rally by North Dakota.

The Mavericks (13-8-2 overall, 10-5-2 in the WCHA) went on to beat the second-ranked Fighting Sioux 8-4 (17-7-2, 12-5-0) before 11,845 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

“Obviously it’s a big win for our team,” Martin said. “We really haven’t had as much success as we’d like these past few games. To come in here in an atmosphere like this against a great team and get a win is huge.”

The win over WCHA-leading UND gave UNO coach Dean Blais a happy homecoming victory in his first regular season game in Grand Forks since leaving UND in 2004 after 10 years and two national championships. But he downplayed beating his former team, which is coached by Dave Hakstol, his former assistant.

“A win anywhere is good, obviously,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re at. To come in and beat a team like North Dakota is something special.”
UND’s downfall came in the second period when a succession of penalties led to a series of UNO power plays, one 5-on-4, two 5-on-3 and one 6-on-3 when the Mavericks had an extra attack on the ice during a delayed call.

“I would say it was immaturity,” said Sioux captain Chay Genoway, attempting to explain the costly discipline meltdown. “They were all penalties. I think sometimes when you go down 5 on 4 you assume you can do the extra whack and play a little harder and stuff. You can’t hook, you can’t whack, you can’t give the extra shot just because you’re down one man.”

If the Sioux learned anything from their slow first-period start against Minnesota a week ago, they forgot it against UNO. Once again, they fell behind 2-0, thanks to strong play by the Mavericks’ special teams.
UNO got on the board with the man advantage at the 11:43 mark. Martin notched his first goal when with man advantage when his shot from the point changed direction through traffic and slid in past UND goalie Aaron Dell to give the Mavericks the lead.

The Sioux went on the power play with a chance to even it up. Instead, freshman defenseman Mike Young put the Mavericks up 2-0 with his shorthanded goal at 13:32. Ambroz carried the puck into UND’s zone 3-on-2 before feeding Young coming down the slot. His quick wrister cleanly beat Dell.

With 1:05 left in the period, UND forward Mario Lamoureux and UNO defenseman dropped the gloves. The officials broke it up before much was accomplished. Each got 5 minutes for fighting and a game disqualification.

In the second period, a goal by UND Genoway at 3:36 made it a 2-1 game. But that’s as close as the Sioux would get as they then began a parade to the penalty box that led to four straight UNO goals and Dell getting the hook.

Freshman forward Ryan Walters put the Mavericks up 3-1 with his power play goal at 6:23. Martin got his second tally 5-on-3 at 10:01, which brought Sioux junior goalie Brad Eidsness in to relieve Dell. Eidsness would fare no better as senior forward Rich Purslow scored at 11:05 with the three-man advantage to make it 5-1 UNO.

Mavericks freshman forward Matt White made it 6-1 at 12:21 with another two-man advantage tally and freshman center Brock Montpetit scored even strength at 14:06 to give UNO a six-goal lead after two periods.

“We knew we had to capitalize on our power play chances because this team in this atmosphere, once they get a few goals, they’re going to get momentum, and they’re a pretty dominant team,” Martin said.

Between periods, UND senior Jake Marto said the team tried to focus on having a strong third period to build some momentum for Saturday’s game.

“It was obviously one of the worst periods of the year for us,” said UND senior Jake Marto. “You have to forget about, move on and try to have a good third.”

The Sioux did just that, tallying three straight goals in the final stanza to close to 7-4 with 7:40 remaining. Senior forward Evan Trupp got his 10th goal of the season at 3:30 and Genoway scored unassisted at 7:27. Jason Gregoire’s power-play goal at 12:20 made it a 7-4 game.

“North Dakota was getting momentum,” Martin said. “They started scoring a few goals and they had the crowd behind them. We started kind of hitting the panic button.”

But Martin’s hat trick goal 13:47 restored the four-goal lead and took the wind out of UND’s sails. Genoway tried to knock a puck down with his glove at the UND blue line, but it fell behind him. Martin pounced on the opportunity, went in alone on Eidsness and stuffed in his eight goal of the season to make the final score 8-4.

“He deserved it because he’s been our leader all year,” Blais said of the UNO captain’s 4-point night.

Hakstol took the blame for the loss, refusing to single out any one aspect the team’s game.

“We weren’t ready to go; we lost a hockey game out of that,” he said. “There were a lot of bits and pieces and parts that weren’t very good. The ultimate result is that it cost us a hockey game. It’s two points. Tomorrow night is a pretty important night.”

The two teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Engelstad Arena for the second game of the series.

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  • LincolnJim

    For those of you who laughed at my post yesterday — bwaahahahahahaha. Half way to a sweep. If we beat you again, we go home happy and leave another 11,000 person crowd stunned. You guys got practice. Last Friday, last night, tonight Just proving that UND isn’t the only (or best) team in the conference and that getting to the NCAAs with an at large bid is always an aspiration for the Fighting Soooo-eeeeees

    • Cossioux

      Just because we lost doesn’t take away from the body of work for the year. we are still within a point of 1st in the conference. You guys played great and we didn’t. Let’s see where both teams are in 6 weeks.

      • Lefty

        Sue-ey. Sue-ey. Sue-ey.

        Number 2 no longer.

        Omaha (repeat Omaha) puts up an 8 spot!

        Terrible result for the Sue-Sue after barely getting by street hockey club Robbert Morris 2-1.

        One more boner like that and UND will be shipped east as a 2 or 3 seed in the ncaa’s. Can you say “bounced early like last year,” by BC, UNH, Maine or Yale?

        Sue-Sue. Sue-ey.

        • Snake

          Wow Lefty, sore winner?

  • Suture1

    Isn’t it funny how the nation jumps up and screams about how horrible the Sioux are after one loss? Of course, when you are the top college hockey program in the country I suppose you have to live with these moronic comments. I’m glad the Sioux fans don’t give much credit to people like Lefty and his buddies. We all know who will be there in the end. I hope the Sioux put out a good effort tonight. Dean Blais is probably the top college coach in the country and it will take a big effort to beat any team he coaches. UNO played a great game last night and deserved to win. But, let’s keep this all in context shall we.

    • uscho

      and that loss to the unranked gophers last weekend in your building…

      • Goalie Fan

        WOW bring that up ya loser! If you knew anything about hockey, it doesent matter when or where they play each other….. Its a battle

  • NCAAHOCKEY

    HAHAHA UNO FANS ARE A JOKE! Winning ONE game against a team that played HORRIBLY is nothing to write home about, the SIOUX played like garbage last night, and that is not what you should expect tonight…AND I would be surprised if UNO makes the NCAA’s this year, still a lot of hockey to be played…

    • je

      so is your comment. and i’m not even a UNO fan. but face it, barring a complete collapse, UNO is in — and it sure didn’t look like one was imminent last night, with their utter demolition of the sioux. UNO is ranked 8th in the pairwise, 13 wins, 600 winning %, already have wins at Michigan, Minnesota, at NoDak (already took 2 of 3), who were all ranked when UNO played them, with only 6 season series left.

      • Layne

        Alot can happen in those 6 series… They have to go through Duluth, Denver and Wisconsin still. ALABAMA doesnt count but if they can go through the next five series with a winning record I would have to agree with you JE That still is a big IF

        • je

          no, you’re right. that is a big if. but that was part of my point because i would say, considering that UNO has proven they can skate with the big boys, that if they only get 1 or 2 points from those 3 series, that would likely knock them out and, i would say, be a bit of a collapse. (ok, so i may have overstated it a tad, “complete collapse”, but you get my point).

          • Jdorf40

            The nice thing for the Sioux is that they don’t play any teams that are in the upper half of the WCHA from here out. They “should” be able to rack up a solid finish, with this weekend at CC being the toughest weekend left on the schedule. UNO is a good team. They’re young too, which has to make Deano lick his chops for the following years. That guy could motivate turtles to fly around hitting something. All the respect in the world for Dean Blais and UNO. I’m happy to have them in the WCHA. Go Sioux!

  • Anonymous

    Is the Excel Wannabe Center becoming Quest Center North?

  • LincolnJim

    My main point is that UND fans act like they are the only team in the conference and in all of college hockey. No love for the Bulldogs or Minnesota but there are a lot of other teams with talent out there that get zero respect in Grand Forks, and the rest of us are enjoying this more than you enjoy your wins, and think it’s better for college hockey fans that the rest of the programs in the WCHA win than the SIoux

  • GopherDan

    anyone in hockey more overrated than Genoway? Please

    • Suture1

      Gopher Dan I take umbrage to your Genoway comments. I think Genoway plays a lot like Doug Lidster at Colorado College a few years ago. Doug was bigger but I think Chay has better offensive skills. Chay is an excellent hockey player and clearly stands out compared to his peers on the ice. My only concern for him is his size. I think he might end up being a better college player (or more affective) than he will be in the NHL. If he were a forward that would be different. The only defenseman I have seen in the WCHA recently who was better (I don’t watch the other leagues) was Patrick Wiercioch from Denver (he left after 2 years to the NHL). Anyway, I really do not think Genoway is overrated Goper Dan. I am curious who you think is so much better that you would consider Chay to be so terribly overrated?

      • D’ArcyZajac

        how you can compare Genoway to Lidster is beyond me. Lidster was much bigger and actually tougher. Genoway has a chance to be a decent ECHL or possibly AHL player if he isn’t brushed away by forwards bigger than 165 pounds. he might be lucky and aspire to be a Badger, Brian Rafalski, but Rafalski has more talent.

  • Bill

    WAAAAHHHHHH…….sioux suk – stop drinking and perhaps you might be able to win a game. Fat community college fans! Hah!

    • GlennUMD4

      So after they “graduate” from ND, do they go to work for American Tire?

  • Sioux_Me

    Did the Southern Mavs and the Fighting Sioux play again to finish out the series? I do believe the Sioux doubled up the Mavs (albeit only 4-2). A commendable split for the Mavs, but still a split. Nice to see all you snivelers crawl out of your wormholes to beat up on a Sioux team that was already beating itself up worse after Friday’s debacle.

  • Snake

    Good game tonight. nice to see the split. UNO is a quality team and should be a nice Gopher replacement rival when the Big Ten league becomes reality. solid team with a solid coach. Hats off to you, but your fans were obnoxious at the Ralph.