GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Rhett Gardner recorded his first collegiate hat trick, and No. 14 North Dakota smashed the No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team 5-0 on Friday. It was only the sixth time in 171 games between the teams that the Fighting Hawks have won by five goals or more.
No. 3: Fighting Hawks goalie Adam Scheel made 24 saves for his first collegiate shutout.
No. 2: Collin Adams had three assists, giving him five points in three games against the Badgers. He has seven points in 29 other games.
No. 1: Rhett Gardner recorded his first collegiate hat trick.
The Badgers and the Fighting Hawks close their non-conference series at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The 16th-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens a non-conference series at No. 14 North Dakota Friday night (7:30 p.m., no TV, NCHC.tv pay stream, 1310 AM) without one of its top scorers.
Linus Weissbach, who’s tied for second on the team with eight points through six games, is out with a hand injury suffered in practice on Monday. It’s the first injury absence of the season for UW.
That puts freshman Jack Gorniak into a new role, as a second-line left wing and on the Badgers’ second power-play unit.
Max Zimmer – Seamus Malone – Will Johnson
Jack Gorniak – Tarek Baker – Sean Dhooghe
Jason Dhooghe – Mick Messner – Jarod Zirbel
Roman Ahcan – Dominick Mersch – Brock Caufield
K’Andre Miller – Ty Emberson
Wyatt Kalynuk – Tyler Inamoto
Fighting Hawks (2-2-1)
Joel Janatuinen – Rhett Gardner – Collin Adams
Jordan Kawaguchi – Nick Jones – Grant Mismash
Zach Yon – Jasper Weatherby – Dixon Bowen
Ludvig Hoff – Mark Senden – Cole Smith
Hayden Shaw – Colton Poolman
Matt Kiersted – Jacob Bernard-Docker
Jonny Tychonick – Gabe Bast