North Dakota maintains 2-1 lead over Quinnipiac after two

TAMPA, Fla. — A scoreless second period kept North Dakota in the lead, 2-1, in the NCAA men’s ice hockey national championship.

Both teams had power plays in the period. Quinnipiac is 1-for-4, while the Fighting Hawks failed to score on their only opportunity.

North Dakota leads in shots on goal, 25-22. Both teams had nine shots in the second period.

Quinnipiac narrowly missed tying the game when Sam Anas hit the post on a 2-on-1 about eight minutes into the second period.

A late first-period power-play goal by Quinnipiac cut the North Dakota lead to 2-1 when Tim Clifton roofed a one-timer on a 5-on-3 man advantage.

North Dakota’s Brock Boeser had made it 2-0 when he was able to block a Quinnipiac clearing pass. Bobcats goalie Michael Garteig came way out of the net to sweep the puck away, but Boeser was able to knock down the puck with his stick blade and put it into the empty Quinnipiac net at 14:16 of the first period.

North Dakota Freshman Shane Gersich tallied his ninth goal of the season at 11:56 to make it 1-0 as he collected a rebound off the pad in of Garteig and went around the goalie to knock it home.