The defending National Champions University of North Dakota hockey team took advantage of Seawolf team that hadn’t played a game in two weeks. The Fighting Sioux won both Friday and Saturday night’s games at the Sullivan Arena.
Relying on the high-scoring line of Ryan Bayda, Jeff Panzer and Bryan Lundbohm North Dakota won 4-2 in Friday’s opener and secured a 3-0 victory in Saturday’s finale.
Panzer scored two Friday goals and assisted on a third. Panzer scored a first period power-play goal Saturday and Bayda’s goal 27 seconds into the second period gave North Dakota a 2-0 lead. Corey Hessler and Chris Sikich scored in the second and third periods respectively Friday to keep the Seawolves in the game.
The Fighting Sioux took advantage of the power play in Friday’s game when Aaron Schneekloth scored just 18 seconds after Hessler received two minutes for high sticking in the first period. Panzer’s first goal Friday came in the second period, nine seconds after Mike Scott went to the box for a cross-check.
These guys can score fast. Seawolf announcer Lyle Woods called them “games of inches.” The Seawolves couldn’t buy a break all weekend, losing many near goals. The puck moves an inch one way or the other and it’s a different game.
The Seawolves tied North Dakota’s shots on goal Friday with 25 but fell behind 30-21 Saturday. The `Wolves host Denver on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, at the Sullivan Arena.