#1 North Dakota pushes its NCHC lead to eight points with sweep of Denver
First-place and top-ranked North Dakota swept No. 5/6 Denver with a 3-1 win in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND now moves eight points ahead of second-place Minnesota Duluth with three weeks to play.
UND (23-3-3, 14-2-2-2 NCHC) got goals from Matt Kiersted, Collin Adams and Jasper Weatherby (empty net) to help Peter Thome (25 saves) to his sixth win of the season (6-0-1).
Denver (17-8-5, 7-7-4-3) suffers its fourth consecutive loss and falls to fourth place in the league ladder.
Matt Kiersted extended his point streak to six straight games with a first-period goal to give North Dakota the early edge. Collin Adams added another in the second on a nice cross-ice pass from Jordan Kawagchi.
Jasper Weatherby added an empty netter after Peter Thome made a handful of great saves in the closing minutes to preserve the win.
North Dakota takes to the road for four of its final six regular season games beginning next weekend at St. Cloud State.
Notes: North Dakota takes 11 of 12 points from Denver this season ... UND (23-3-3) is ahead of the NCAA championship team's pace through 29 games (22-4-3) ... Jordan Kawaguchi had a primary assist on the game-winning goal to give him points in 16 straight home games ... He has 30 points (9G, 21A) in 17 home games ... Thome set a new career best with his sixth win ... He had five wins in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons.