OMAHA, Nebraska — Two streaks came to an end for the North Dakota men's hockey team on Sunday, including one it gladly surrendered.
Drake Caggiula scored the game-winning goal in the second period and North Dakota snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha.
Caggiula netted what proved to be the game-winner midway through the period, giving 11th-ranked UND (3-4-1, 2-4-0-0 National Collegiate Hockey Conference) a 3-1 lead.
Caggiula's goal helped North Dakota withstand Josh Archibald's power play goal with 12 seconds left in the period.
UNO (5-5-0, 3-1-0-0) scored twice on the power play, ending North Dakota's streak for consecutive penalty kills at 32. But it failed to solve UND goalie Clarke Saunders while skating 6-on-4 on a power play as the game ended.
"We ran into a few more pieces of adversity along the way today that shortened the bench up quite a bit in the second and third but it was a really good team win anchored by the goaltending of Clarke (Saunders)," UND coach Dave Hakstol said.
Saunders made 35 saves, including two in the closing seconds.
"I thought his battle level was there right from the drop of the puck," Hakstol said. "He had to be real good at the end of the game and he was. He had that fire tonight."
One night after rallying from two goals down only to lose 4-2, North Dakota got a jump on the Mavericks early in the first period.
Forward Derek Rodwell raced in to score his first goal of the season on a rebound at 2:26 of the first period. UNO goalie Kirk Thompson, who was replaced early in the second period after giving up a second goal, made the initial stop on Coltyn Sanderson but couldn't cover up the rebound.
Thompson was replaced by Reed Peters after giving up two goals on 10 shots. Peters made 18 saves.
The Mavericks got the tying goal from Ian Brady on the power play at 15:21. But UND found a way to make its next penalty kill hurt even more when Parks scored a shorthanded goal at 6:11 of the second period.
Caggiula netted his fourth goal of the year following a turnover at center ice. Rocco Grimaldi fed Caggiula on a rush as UND ended a four-game streak with two or fewer goals.
Grimaldi has a point in two straight games after going scoreless the previous four.
The win by North Dakota snapped a four-game losing streak by UND, its longest since 2006.