Josh Archibald scored an early third period goal to finish off a three-point night as Nebraska Omaha held on for a 3-2 win at Minnesota Friday night.
The victory stretches the Mavericks' winning streak to seven games, one away from tying the school record. UNO is now 9-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the WCHA while third-ranked Minnesota fell to 9-3-2 and 4-3-2 in league play. The loss ended their six-game unbeaten streak. The two teams meet again Saturday night.
On the winning goal, Dominic Zombo tied up the puck along the right wing boards in the Minnesota zone. That forced a turnover right to the stick of Ryan Walters, who drew the defense to him before feeding Archibald who fired a shot just under the crossbar for his team-leading seventh goal of the year.
Walters finished the night with two assists to stretch his scoring streak to six games (6-9-15). Zombo also has points in six games (5-6-11).
The Mavericks opened the scoring 4:17 into the game when Archibald raced down the right wing and threaded a pass through traffic to Zombo who poked the puck past goalie Adam Wilcox for his fifth goal of the year.
Minnesota tied the game 1:03 later when UNO lost the puck in its own zone. Erik Haula found Zach Budish alone in the slot and he beat goalie John Faulkner with a hard wrist shot.
The Gophers took their first lead of the game late in the period. Nick Bjugstad slipped the puck through a maze of skates to Christian Isackson, who hammered home his second goal of the year.
Minnesota came into the game with the WCHA's best penalty kill, but the Mavs tied the score on their second power play of the game. Walters held the puck at the right face-off circle before spotting defenseman Jaycob Megna creeping in from the left point. Walters fed the puck across and Megna fired a shot that caromed in off the crossbar with :01 remaining on the man advantage.