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Men's College Hockey: Hats off to Archibald

Mavs beat North Dakota

Posted: February 9, 2014 - 11:02pm

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Josh Archibald scored his second hat trick of the season, helping Nebraska-Omaha to a come-from-behind 6-3 win over North Dakota on Saturday night.

The Mavericks moved to 11-13-2 overall and 8-6-2-1 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, tied with North Dakota for third place.

Archibald became the first player in UNO history to record three career hat tricks and the first Maverick to earn two hat tricks in one season. He also had an assist.

Trailing 3-2, Archibald tied the game during the Mavericks’ first power play. He broke down the right wing and tried to send a pass to the UND net. The puck hit a North Dakota defender and ricocheted past goalie Clarke Saunders at 7:48.

Archibald put the Mavericks in front 4-3 when he slipped the puck under Saunders after he failed to control a shot at 13:56.

In the third, Archibald completed his natural hat trick. He one-handed a backhander past Saunders for his career-best 21st goal of the season. It was also his 50th career goal.

The game started on a feisty note when Archibald and UND’s Stephane Pattyn were given unsportsmanlike conduct penalties before the opening faceoff.

The Mavericks return home to host Denver on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.