DULUTH, Minn. -- The way UND has won games late this season has almost become routine.
The Fighting Hawks have overtime wins over Bemidji State, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.
They beat Michigan Tech with 7:31 to go in the third, Miami with 1:04 to go in the third and, on Saturday, Minnesota Duluth with 8:02 to go.
Those clutch finishes account for six of UND's 19 wins this season.
But Saturday night's conclusion stands out.
UND rallied from down 2-1 in the third to beat the two-time defending NCAA champion Bulldogs 3-2 in front of 7,711 fans in AmsOil Arena.
Why is that so notable?
Minnesota Duluth has arguably been college hockey's best lockdown team when it gets leads in the third period.
Entering Saturday night, Minnesota Duluth had lost just once in the last 104 games when it has led in the third period (97-1-6). That stretch dates back to January 2016. The one loss came last December against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo's Lawson Ice Arena.
The last time a team rallied from a third-period deficit to beat the Bulldogs in Duluth's AmsOil Arena was March of 2014 -- the first season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Western Michigan did it that time, too, to knock the Bulldogs out of the league playoffs in the first round.
On Saturday, UND defenseman Matt Kiersted scored the game-tying goal and Jonny Tychonick scored the winner as the Fighting Hawks improved to 19-3-3.