Herald three stars
First star: Jake Schmaltz, 2 goals.
Second star: Jake Sanderson, 1 goal, 1 assist.
Third star: Zach Driscoll, 18 saves, first UND shutout.
UND 1, Niagara 0 — Jake Schmaltz (Judd Caulfield) 1:08. UND welcomes Niagara goalie Jake Sibell to college hockey by scoring 68 seconds into the game. Caulfield makes a tremendous 360-spin pass to an open Schmaltz, who snipes his second goal in as many games.
UND 2, Niagara 0 — Jake Schmaltz (Chris Jandric, Tyler Kleven) 6:28 (pp). UND’s second power-play unit is all over Niagara with chances. Sibell loses his glove in the madness around the crease and the Fighting Hawks take advantage. Schmaltz gets the puck at the top and passes to Jandric in the left circle. Jandric gives it right back and Schmaltz hammers a one-timer past Sibell’s gloveless hand.
UND 3, Niagara 0 — Jake Sanderson (Connor Ford, Ashton Calder) 11:43. UND puts Sanderson on the ice for a four-on-four and he takes advantage. Ford gives Sanderson the puck at the bottom