North Dakota, the No. 1-ranked team in the USCHO.com poll, opened its season with a 2-0 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday afternoon in the NCHC pod in Omaha.
Matt Kiersted scored the first goal for the Fighting Hawks at 13 minutes, 3 seconds of the second period on UND's third power-play opportunity. Freshman Riese Gaber got UND's second goal at 1:07 of the third.
Adam Scheel made 19 saves, 10 in the third period, for the shutout. Ben Kraws had 37 stops for the RedHawks.
No. 3 Minnesota Duluth 2, No. 4 Denver 1: Jackson Cates scored two power-play goals 48 seconds apart in the 14th minute of the third period as the Bulldogs (2-0) rallied to beat the Pioneers (0-1) in another NCHC game. Denver had taken a 1-0 lead on Bo Hanson's unassisted goal at 4:00 of the second period. And the Pioneers could have scored a few more goals that period if UMD goalie Ryan Fanti had not made 17 saves; the Bulldogs had only one shot on net. Fanti finished with 28 saves; Magnus Chrona stopped 18 shots for the Pioneers.
No. 7 Michigan 3, Penn State 1: Strauss Mann made 38 saves as the Wolverines (5-2-0, 3-2-0-1) edged the host Nittany Lions. Nolan Moyle scored in the first period for Michigan, Michael Patujov in the second on a power play. Matty Beniers added an empty-netter in the third. For Penn State (0-5-0, 0-5-0), Oskar Autio stopped 28 shots and Evan Bell had a goal in the middle of the third.