UND fights back for 5-1 rout of top-ranked St. Cloud State

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND Athletics) -- North Dakota got a pair of goals each from freshman Gavin Hain and junior Dixon Bowen on the way to a 5-1 rout of top-ranked St. Cloud State Saturday evening in National College Hockey Conference action at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

One night after dropping a tough-fought 3-1 decision Friday, losing a key forward in Grant Mismash to injury, North Dakota (13-11-1, 7-7 NCHC) came out full barrels against a St. Cloud team that had lost just three games all season. It started early and especially the second line, made it happen often.

Just over three minutes into the game, Cole Smith chipped the puck along the far boards to Mark Senden, who raced into the offensive zone, got past a St. Cloud State defender and fed a perfect pass to Gavin Hain for his second goal of the season. Hain buried the one-timer in the slot high glove-side over David Hrenak for the early advantage.

Midway through the second period, this time it was Senden creating the offense. The freshman raced up the far wall and wristed one past Hrenak from the left faceoff dot. Just over two minutes later, Bowen chased Hrenak with a five-hole snipe from the right dot for a 3-0 lead.

SCSU (18-4-2, 10-2-2 NCHC) got one back in the second but UND tacked on two more tallies in the final period, one each from Hain and Bowen for the first multi-goal games from each of their careers.

UND will head to Denver for a crucial league series next weekend as the two teams are currently locked in a tight battle for the fourth and final spot in the league standings and home ice for the NCHC Quarterfinals at season's end.