Brett Gravelle netted a hat trick to lead North Iowa over Pittsburgh, 6-0.
Gravelle got on the scoresheet 18:34 into the first period. He then added goals at 9:24 into the second and at 10:00 into the second.
Pittsburgh trailed by one after the first period, but North Iowa went into the second intermission with a 4-0 lead and never looked back.
North Iowa forced Pittsburgh\’s goaltenders to work all game long, getting 62 shots and forcing 56 saves. Jacob Stack made 26 stops and Adam Provaznik made 30. North Iowa excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances.
North Iowa additionally got points from Austin Jackson, who also registered one goal and two assists. North Iowa also had goals scored by Carmen Dalesandro and David Min, who each put in one. More assists for North Iowa came via Joe Burgmeier, who had three, Tommy Hall and Quinn Fuchs, who contributed one each, and Eric Piatt and Connor Bump, who each chipped in two.
Pittsburgh put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow North Iowa to score on any of its four power plays. Pittsburgh was held below its usual level of production. Pittsburgh puts an average of 2.5 pucks into the net per game.
Zack St. John made 21 saves for North Iowa on 21 shots. North Iowa ended with 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major. Pittsburgh incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.