Pinto’s standout sophomore season saw him make history by picking up NCHC Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Defensive Forward of the Year accolades. He was the first player to win the player of the year unanimously and also became the first to win forward and defensive forward of the year.
Kiersted was an All-NCHC First Teamer as a senior. A two-time assistant captain, the Elk River, Minn., product finished his senior season with 22 points (3-19--22). That assist total tied for second-most in the country among defensemen. His 52 blocked shots were second most in the NCHC and in the top 10 nationally.
Bernard-Docker was selected by Ottawa in the first round (26th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He helped Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2020 IHF World Junior Championships, scoring a goal and leading the Canadians in time on ice in the tournament.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference has canceled the North Dakota-Missouri State football game (Saturday, April 3) at Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., due to positive COVID-19 test results and subsequent contact tracing in UND’s Tier 1 personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches, managers and staff.
The match marked UND’s (4-5 Summit) first comeback win of the season and its first by a two-goal deficit under Head Coach Chris Logan. Wright’s goals were her first and second of the season, while Giddings’ game winner was also her second. In addition, Giddings tallied the Fighting Hawks lone assist of the match.
North Dakota has a Hobey Baker finalist for a second consecutive year after Jordan Kawaguchi was in the Hobey Baker Hat Trick last season. Overall, UND leads college hockey with 26 Hobey Baker finalists in its program’s history.
North Dakota (3-0, 3-0 MVFC) scored 21 straight in the second and third quarters and a late Jordan Canady interception helped thwart a Coyote rally to make it 14 straight wins over South Dakota in Grand Forks.
The Prior Lake, Minn., native stuffed the stat sheet for the Fighting Hawks during an 8-8 league slate, averaging just under 10 points per game, dishing out 4.3 assists per contest, grabbing nearly six boards, and averaging 1.5 steals.
Taylor Riedl paced the Fighting Hawks outside, recording nine kills with a .333 attacking percentage, while fellow outside hitter Sara Antic totaled six kills and a team-high two service aces while also leading UND with 23 service receptions without an error.
The entire NCHC Tournament, including the Frozen Faceoff, will take place at the University of North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena and will be a single-elimination format. Quarterfinals will occur on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, while the semifinals and championship will take place on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16, respectively. No third-place game will occur.
Julia Fleecs scored a season-high 24 points and matched a career-high 16 rebounds, while Olivia Lane added 11 points, and Maggie Manson scored 12 on four treys. DU’s Meghan Boyd finished with 27 points. UND out rebounded Denver, 61-44, to record a new season-high in the category.
UND (6-14, 5-6 Summit League) built a lead as high as 13 in the first half, but fell down by as many as eight in the second, battled back for its fifth straight win over Denver (1-13, 0-7 Summit League).
The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced on Wednesday the league’s preseason poll, voted on by the coaches, as well as its preseason team, voted by the coaches, sports information directors, and a media panel.
In a back and forth battle, the University of North Dakota (1-2, 1-0 Summit) overcame a deuce set loss, and a reversed official review on match point to win its Summit League opener at Oral Roberts (0-3, 0-1 Summit) in five sets Sunday night, 30-32, 25-8, 15-25, 27-25, 15-10.
Colton Sandage scored a game-high 28 points and added 10 assists to lead Western Illinois past North Dakota, 99-87, in men’s basketball on Saturday evening from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks.
Despite a hot start that saw the University of North Dakota (1-14, 1-8 Summit League) build an 11-point lead, Western Illinois (4-14, 3-7 Summit League) attacked the basket to get to the free-throw line and shot from range as the Leathernecks split the series with an 83-74 win.
North Dakota and the Mavs began a stretch where the teams will meet six times over UND’s final eight games and the Fighting Hawks’ 6-2 win was hard-fought, scrappy and North Dakota actually trailed in the second period before five unanswered goals lengthened UND’s lead in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
UND (5-13, 4-5 Summit League) weathered a barrage in the first half from Western Illinois’ (2-12, 0-7 Summit League) Will Carius, who tallied 22 of his season-high 34 in the opening 20 minutes, to mount the largest comeback victory for the team since March 6, 2018 vs. Montana State in the Big Sky Conference Quarterfinals.
UND (4-12, 3-4 Summit League) whittled a 24-point halftime deficit down to just 11 at the midway point of the second half, but couldn’t overcome a strong shooting performance from SDSU (9-3, 3-0 Summit League) to complete the comeback.
UND (4-11, 3-3 Summit League) trailed by six in the final two minutes of regulation, but the duo of Filip Rebraca and Mitchell Sueker anchored the comeback and helped the Fighting Hawks lead wire-to-wire in the extra session to hand the Bison (7-7, 5-1 Summit League) their first loss in league play.
Ten top-three finishes, a meet record, a new top-10 on North Dakota soil, and three new additions to North Dakota track & field’s top-10 highlighted the Fighting Hawks day at the Bison Team Cup in Fargo.
Maggie Manson led a quartet of scorers in double figures, knocking down four three-pointers to finish with 17, while bench mate Jaclyn Jarnot contributed 14 as well. Megan Zander and Julia Fleecs led the starters with 12 points. ORU’s Gem Summers scored 31 points off the bench to lead all scorers.
UND (3-9, 2-1 Summit League) battled back from a halftime deficit and a two-point Oral Roberts (5-6, 2-1 Summit League) lead with just over a minute to play to pick up its first road win of the season and snap an eight-game home winning streak for ORU.
The Fighting Hawks opened the game aggressively, attacking the basket on the offensive and defensive end, outscoring the Golden Eagles in the paint 18-8 in the first half. The physicality led to 27 free throw attempts and 25 fouls, however, ORU separated themselves from the Hawks with six three-pointers in the first and second periods.