OXFORD, Ohio (UND Athletics) — Top-ranked North Dakota ran its road unbeaten streak to seven, rallying from a quick 2-0 hole to post a 4-4 tie and a shootout win for the extra NCHC point Friday night at Miami.
Cole Smith's goal at 15:52 of the third period gave North Dakota its first lead but Miami's John Sladic scored just 94 seconds later to tie it and neither team scored in either overtime frame.
Collin Adams appeared to have retaken the lead for UND with 26.5 seconds to go in regulation when a puck deflected off him and trickled into the Miami net but it was waived off after a video review.
In the extra frame and the 3-on-3 overtime, neither team was able to score, sending it to a shootout. It was North Dakota's first shootout since Dec. 8, 2017.
Grant Mismash scored on his move and Peter Thome, who had come on in relief of starter Adam Scheel in the second period, stopped both shots he faced to secure the shootout and the extra point.
Jordan Kawaguchi (1G, 2A) and Matt Kiersted (3A) each collected three points on the night while Thome kicked aside seven of eight shots in the final two periods and overtime to earn the tie (0-0-1).
As easy as the top-ranked North Dakota hockey team (17-2-3, 8-1-2-2 NCHC) has made this season look at times, critics might say that it hasn't really faced much adversity. Down its injured captain (Colton Poolman), one of its leading scorers (Shane Pinto- one-game suspension) and 2-0 just 89 seconds into the game, adversity shown its face Friday night at Cady Arena.
The country's leading scoring team relied on its Hobey Baker Award candidate to roar back from the early deficit and got solid goaltending in a relief effort by Thome.
Miami got its two quick goals at 1:03 and 1:29, respectively, of the first period for a very early 2-0 advantage in a wild opening 20 minutes that saw five goals by the teams combined. Westin Michaud got North Dakota on the board at the 15:47 mark when he chipped home a centering pass in the slot from Kawaguchi for his second power play goal of the season. Miami immediately answered, however, just 1:23 later on Casey Gilling's second goal of the night.
Grant Mismash had a quick response with a tally only 17 seconds later to make it a one-goal again once again. Kawaguchi gained entry into the zone and fed Mismash in the slot, who directed it off his skate and right to his stick, flicking it past Dylan Larkin for a 3-2 score.
Coming out for the second period, Thome took over the goaltending duties and helped steady the ship. Although he saw just four shots all period, the Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick helped steady the ship. Kawaguchi made him the goalie of record with his 11th goal of the season seven-minutes-and-change into the second period, tying the score at 3-3.
The teams will wrap up their season series Saturday night at Cady Arena with a 6:05 p.m. Central puck drop on nchc.tv and the Home of Economy Fighting Hawks Sports Radio Network.
Notes: Kawaguchi registered his 11th multi-point game of the season and his fifth with at least three ... He has points in 16 of the last 18 games and a point streak of six consecutive ... Matt Kiersted tied a career high with three assists for his second three-point night against Miami this season (Nov. 8) ... UND improves to 4-3 all-time in shootouts, including getting the extra NCHC point in each of the last three, two against Miami.