GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota put its big line back together on Saturday and it delivered once again.
Shane Gersich and Austin Poganski each had a goal and an assist as UND beat Colorado College 5-1 to gain a series split.
The line of Gersich, Poganski and Rhett Gardner has combined for 17 points in the last three games that they’ve played together.
Joel Janatuinen broke a seven-game point drought with a two-goal game and Grant Mismash added a goal and an assist as North Dakota broke out offensively.
With the win, UND moved to 13-9-8 overall and tied Western Michigan in third place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings with three weeks to go in the regular season.
UND scored twice on the power play Saturday, while holding the Tigers scoreless in five chances.
After a scoreless first period, UND took advantage of getting five power-play chances in the second.
North Dakota jumped to a 1-0 lead at 9:23, just as a five-on-three power play turned into a five-on-four. Wolanin made a pass from the left point to Gersich in the right circle. Gersich one-timed it wide, but Janatuinen pulled the rebound off the back wall and slammed it home on the other side of the crease before Tiger goalie Alex Leclerc could move across.
It snapped a seven-game point drought for Janatuinen and broke a stretch of 204:05 without a goal for any UND forward.
UND tacked on another power-play at 16:48, when Wolanin’s blast from the point hit Poganski’s shin pad on top of the crease and bounced to Gersich in the left circle. Gersich one-timed the puck under the bar to make it 2-0.
At the end of the period, UND forward Rhett Gardner was called for a kneeing minor and was assessed a 10-minute misconduct for arguing the call.
That took UND’s top shutdown centerman out of the game for the first half of the third period.
With Gardner out, Colorado College’s top line got its first goal of the weekend on a Nick Halloran snipe, but UND answered with back-to-back goals by Janatuinen and Mismash.
UND did some line shuffling for the series finale.
In addition to putting back a big top line of Gersich, Gardner and Poganski, UND also moved Casey Johnson into the lineup for Collin Adams and tried Grant Mismash at center for the first time this season. Mismash played center while he was at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.