It didn't come easily, but UNO has made it to first place in the WCHA.
The Mavericks got two third-period goals 35 seconds apart to break a 1-1 tie and complete a sweep of Colorado College with a 3-1 win Saturday night at CenturyLink Center.
Andrej Sustr scored on a shot from the point with 10:32 left in regulation — just six seconds after UNO went on a power play — and then Josh Archibald got his fourth of the weekend with a rocket shot from the right faceoff circle.
A determined Colorado College made it more difficult than in UNO's 8-4 Friday night win, but the two points the Mavs (13-8-1 overall, 9-4-1 WCHA) picked up each night count the same. They jumped past three idle teams into first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 19 points.
The Mavs have swept three WCHA series.
After CC's Mike Boivin was sent off for roughing — he was driving to the net and appeared to contact goalie John Faulkner — Sustr scored shortly after the ensuing faceoff. His shot appeared to deflect off the skate of defenseman Peter Stoykewych and past goalie Joe Howe.
Then Archibald scored his 11 th goal of the season with 9:57 left to provide some breathing room.
John Faulkner improved to 11-3-1 with a 20-save performance.
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Colorado College (8-12-2, 5-8-1) had its winless streak extended to seven games (0-6-1).
Colorado College scored first, as William Rapuzzi stationed himself in front of the net and tipped an Eamonn McDermott shot from the high slot past Faulkner with 10:09 left in the first period.
UNO tied the game 1-1 with 1:34 left in the second on a short-handed goal by Bryce Aneloski. Brent Gwidt put a shot on goal and Dominic Zombo got to the rebound at the left-wing wall, then sent it back to Aneloski in the slot. The senior defenseman beat Howe between the legs for his fourth goal of the season.
UNO continued its four-series trend of high-scoring openers and defensive-minded finales. Against St. Cloud State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Quinnipiac and now CC, there has been a two-team average of 10.3 goals in the first game and 4.3 in the second.
Colorado College (8-12-2, 5-8-1) .............. 1 0 0—1
UNO (13-8-1, 9-4-1) ................ 0 1 2—3
First period: 1, CC, Rapuzzi 11 (McDermott, Schwartz), 9:51 (pp). Second period: 2, UNO, Aneloski 4 (Zombo, Gwidt), 18:26 (sh). Third period: 3, UNO, Sustr 5 (Young, Lane), 9:28 (pp). 4, UNO, Archibald 11 (Walters, Cooper), 10:03.
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