GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Corban Knight posted two goals and two assists for four points for UND as the No. 20 Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 7 North Dakota, 5-2, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-5-2 overall, while UND improves to 11-5-3 overall. These two teams will conclude its two-game series on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
North Dakota took an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Carter Rowney at just 1:21 of the first period. Rowney sent a wrist shot to the lower left side of the net for his sixth goal of the season. Then at 4:20, Knight blasted a one-timer slap shot from the left face-off circle to the left corner of the net for the power play goal. Knight increased the UND lead to 3-0 with his second goal of the contest and his 10th of the season at 16:32. North Dakota outshot Holy Cross, 18-4, while UND went 2-2 on the power play and the Crusaders went 0-1.
UND extended its lead to 4-0 when Michael Parks netted his first goal of the season at 4:30 of the second period. After having his first shot blocked by a defender, Parks sent his follow up shot to the lower left side of the net. At 17:58, Danny Kristo scored his ninth goal of the season to give UND a 5-0 advantage. The goal was on the power play. North Dakota outshot Holy Cross by a 10-6 margin, while UND went 1-2 on the man-advantage.
At 13:48 of the third period, sophomore Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) netted his fifth goal of the season to make it a 5-1 contest. McNamara found the back of the net off a rebound from a shot by sophomore Jake Youso (International Falls, Minn.). Freshman Jake Bolton (Ellington, Conn.) also posted an assist. At 18:43, freshman Castan Sommer (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored a power play goal to make the score 5-2. Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) sent a pass from behind the goal to a waiting Sommer who buried the puck in the net. Freshman Nathaniel Domagala (Oakville, Ontario) also tallied an assist. That would be the last goal of the game for the 5-2 final.
Sophomore goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) made 36 saves and is now 9-4-2 on the season, while Clarke Saunders posted 13 saves and improves to 9-3-3. North Dakota outshot Holy Cross, 41-15, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play and UND went 3-5.