OMAHA, Neb. – No. 7 North Dakota completed its sweep of the No. 18 Omaha hockey team, winning 7-3 on Saturday night at Baxter Arena.
The Mavericks were swept for the second time this season, falling to 11-8-3 overall and 4-6-0-0/0 in the NCHC, putting them in seventh place. North Dakota improved to 12-6-3 overall and 5-4-1-1/0 in the conference, moving it into sole possession of third place.
Omaha opened the scoring with a power play goal at 2:18 of the first period. Austin Ortega set up Tyler Vesel for a one-timer that made it just inside the near post for his career-best 10th goal of the year.
North Dakota struck back for power play goals from Christian Wolanin and Colton Poolman, and then Wolanin added a second at even strength to put UND up, 3-1.
The Mavericks battled back late in the period to get to within one. Ortega, the sniper, again played the role of the set-up man, digging the puck off the end wall to Fredrik Olofsson who hammered home his sixth goal of the season at 18:34.
UND freshman Tyson Jost, a first-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2016, boosted his team’s lead, scoring a powerplay goal 41 seconds into the second period and getting an even-strength goal at 17:39 to make it 5-2 after two.
Gage Ausmus tallied a shorthanded goal at 4:36 of the third to make it 6-2. It was just the second shorthanded goal allowed by the Mavericks this year.
UNO got one back when David Pope scored his seventh of the year, finishing off a tic-tac-toe play with Olofsson and Ortega at 5:37.
UND’s Brock Boeser finished the scoring, firing into an empty net with 1:36 left.
Ortega earned assists on all three UNO goals and now leads the NCHC in scoring with 31 points. Pope and Olofsson each finished with a goal and an assist.
Evan Weninger took the loss for UNO, making 29 saves. Cam Johnson made 26 saves in the win for UND.
The Mavericks are on the road next weekend, visiting Colorado College on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14. Friday’s game will air on American Sports Network.