GRAND FORKS -- For all of the great teams that have come through this version of Ralph Engelstad Arena since it opened in 2001, only once has there been a longer home winning streak than the current one.
The University of North Dakota won its eighth-straight home game — a streak that dates back to last season — on Friday night, Nov. 8, with a 7-1 thrashing of Miami in its National Collegiate Hockey Conference opener.
The home winning streak — now in a three-way tie for second behind a 12-game run that spanned the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons — was just one eye-popping statistic that the Fighting Hawks put in the books Friday.
There were so many others:
Jasper Weatherby and Jacob Bernard-Docker, who entered the weekend ranked No. 1 and 2 in the NCHC in most shots without a goal this season, scored the first two goals of the game. Their goals both came on the power play, which marked UND’s first game with multiple power-play goals since Nov. 24, 2018 — a span of 32 games.
Sophomore defenseman Jonny Tychonick, who had one career goal in 33 games, scored twice in 33 seconds in the second period. Tychonick finished the game with three points, which is one shy of what he tallied all of his freshman season.
Collin Adams, who had two goals last season, matched that total with a first-period snipe from the right circle.
Dixon Bowen, who had three goals last season, surpassed that total with his fourth goal -- a wrist shot on a breakaway.
Westin Michaud also scored his fourth goal of the year to keep pace with Bowen as the team’s leading goal scorers.
Forward Jordan Kawaguchi had three primary assists in the first period for his second three-point game of the season, while defenseman Matt Kiersted also tallied three assists for his first-career three-point game.
It all added up to another UND win and a 6-1-1 start — UND’s best through eight games since the 2015-16 NCAA national championship team.
UND ends its five-game homestand at 7:07 p.m. Saturday against Miami.
“This is the best building in college hockey, maybe all of hockey,” Kiersted said. “So, when you come out and play in front of your fans, it’s a little extra boost for you. I think we’ve been playing well here. I think it’s a big thing due to the fans.”
UND 7, Miami 1
First period — 1. UND, Jacob Bernard-Docker 1 (Jordan Kawaguchi 6, Matt Kiersted 3) 14:14 (pp); 2. UND, Jasper Weatherby 1 (Kawaguchi 7, Kiersted 4) 15:33 (pp); 3. Collin Adams 2 (Kawaguchi 8) 16:16
Second period — 4. UND, Dixon Bowen 4 (Kiersted 5, Ethan Frisch 1) 2:07; 5. UND, Jonny Tychonick 2 (Harrison Blaisdell 3, Shane Pinto 4) 5:35; 6. UND, Tychonick 3 (Colton Poolman 4, Westin Michaud 2) 6:08
Third period — 7. UND, Michaud 4 (Tychonick 2, Blaisdell 4) 2:20; 8. MIA, Noah Jordan 2 (Grant Frederic 1, Rourke Russell 3) 2:57
Penalties — Derek Daschke, MIA, unsportsmanlike conduct, 1:20 first; Kiersted, UND, roughing, 1:20 first; Chase Pletzke, MIA, hooking, 6:16 first; Monte Graham, MIA, hooking, 13:13 first; Jack Clement, MIA, hooking, 13:54 first; Cole Smith, UND, interference, 17:14 first; Grant Mismash, UND, interference, 14:16 third; Bray Crowder, MIA, tripping, 15:37 third
Goalie saves — UND: Adam Scheel 6-10-5 — 21; MIA: Ryan Larkin 12-0-x — 12 (5 GA), Grant Valentine x-5-4 — 9 (2 GA)
Penalties-minutes — UND 3-6, MIA 5-10
Power plays — UND 2-3, MIA 0-2
Attendance — 10,425