College Hockey:
Nelson scores two goals and assist, including game-winner, as North Dakota edges Colorado College

— The only thing more explosive than the fireworks that followed each North Dakota goal Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena, was the scoring itself.

The Fighting Sioux and No. 4 Colorado College combined for 13 goals in a 7-6 Sioux win.

“We knew Colorado College is a tough team, so we had to come out on all eight cylinders, and I thought we did that tonight,” said Sioux forward Danny Kristo. “Scoring seven goals is big for our team, and I think it’s going to give our forwards some confidence.”

Kristo and Brock Nelson each scored two goals and an assist, and Corban Knight had three assists to lead the Sioux. Rylan Schwartz recorded his second hat trick of the season for the Tigers.

Nelson scored the game-winner with 8:06 left in the game.

The teams wrap up the series at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

“We had chances on a couple goals to tie it late, but it was just one of those nights,” said CC coach Scott Owens.

It took half of the game for both starting goaltenders to get yanked, each near the midpoint of the second period. UND’s Aaron Dell had 16 saves on 22 shots when he was pulled for Brad Eidsness. CC goalie Joe Howe replaced Josh Thorimbert, who finished with 14 saves on 19 shots.

Perhaps Thorimbert wasn’t fully to blame for the goals he allowed in the first period.

Kristo carried the puck from the corner to the crease, untouched, and backhanded it between Thorimbert’s left arm and the post 26 seconds into the game. Knight made an excellent no-look, behind-the-back pass to Carter Rowney, left alone in front of Thorimbert, for a power-play goal at the 7:08 mark.

The CC defense forgot about Michael Parks, also left alone in front of Thorimbert, with 5:20 left in the period for another Sioux goal.

“I was disappointed with the way we reacted defensively down low,” Owens said. “We got walked out of the corner, and I was disappointed with that, initially.”

A Mike Boivan shot from the point hit bodies in front and Rylan Schwartz got the puck and turned around to put into an open net at 12:04.

The Tigers tied it 29 seconds into the second period when Gabe Guentzel ripped a shot from the point that hit double iron and popped back to the ice in front of Dell. The immediate response from both teams was to continue play, but the play was called a goal. It was not reviewed.

UND grabbed another two-goal lead when Nick Mattson and Nelson scored 1:10 apart, but CC came storming back to take the lead on a goal by Nick Dineen and two more by Schwartz in a span of 3:13.

However, Kristo, the guy that started this scoring frenzy in the game’s first minute, came through on an unassisted goal when he blocked a CC outlet pass and shot the puck past Howe’s glove side.

“I thought that was the most important part of the game for our team,” said UND coach Dave Hakstol.

Eidsness shut the Tigers out on 13 shots in the game’s final 29 minutes. Howe allowed two goals on 13 shots.

“I don’t think Aaron Dell allowed a bad goal until the fifth goal, but we needed to make a change for our team,” Hakstol said. “Brad did a great job going in and gave us a chance to win.”

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  • Super_fro_daddy

    Man, Jaden Schwartz has point in every game this season…..

    • Stoney2323

      He’s a man beast…. best player in college hockey, no doubt

      • Guest

        Watched the game last night and wasn’t that impressed. He is a great player but with all of the goals scores last night I didn’t think that he looked very good. His brother was awesome last night but it was clear that UND wasn’t going to let Jaden be a factor.

        • PDS

          Haha….did you even watch the game?  Didn’t he have like 3 pts….I know it was at least 2 and he had like 2 or 3 on Saturday.

          But a more important topic is that the Sioux won….hopefully the keep on chugging.  Their top line is playing much better….probably because Kristo isn’t trying the normal 80 toe drags a game.

  • http://twitter.com/Butterz07 Aaron G.

    sioux win…enough said

    • Kristosfrostbite

      you mean like finally? 

      • nogofer


  • Suture

    I’ve been watching the Sioux since 1976.  Will someone tell this team that Sioux hockey is played at a high intensity and includes playing the man!  Granted, they won but I can tell you they won’t win many unless they start hitting.  Really, I don’t think I saw more than 4 or 5 hits all game.  The Sioux do not have their normal level of talent….the big equalizer is playing at a high level and hitting all game long.  Man, I cannot believe what I am seeing out there…..let’s kick it in gear and start showing some intensity and determination. 

    • Fan Man

      When Mario got the C, I thought part of that was because of his ol’ aggressive mannerisms..  havent seen much from him this year!  Its early though and Im just glad to have seen that light go on several times.   Go Sioux!

    • Stoney2323

      This team allowed 9 goals in 5 games before last night…. their aggression and defense have all to do with that…. CC is a different team… they are lightning fast and frankly, it’s stupid to play overly physical against a team like that…. they are fine…

      • Suture

        Stoney, I hear what you are saying brotha.  I’m just saying that the intensity Friday
        night was not what I expected it to be after watching the Sioux for years.  Now, Saturday night was a different story
        altogether.  If the Sioux play like this
        I am not too worried.  They may not win a
        NC but they will not be a fun team to play against.  Also, after looking at the roster in more
        detail I see that we are just not that big of a team.  Maybe some of the big hits I am used to
        seeing are not going to be part of this teams make up.  Sure, Blood can put the hurt on somebody, but
        I don’t see this team as being nearly as physical as teams in the past.  Believe me Stoney, taking the body through 3
        periods does add up and I don’t think most people realize (those that have not
        played HS or college level hockey) how effective this is by the 10:00 minute
        mark of the 3rd period.  Anyway, we will
        just have to see how things pan out. I am glad the Sioux FINALLY played with
        speed, heart and passion last night.  Was
        a great win (great sweep) and it could not have come at a better time

  • OccupyEngelstadt

    way to celebrate the anniversary of Hungary joining the Axis in WW2, a proud event for that German-lover Ralph Engelstadt!  Zeig Heil

    • nogofer

      Next time you are in Vegas check out the HOSPITAL with Ralph’s name on it…

  • Dr. Healmonster

    The Sioux are coming…

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