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GameCenter final: UND 3, Minnesota 2

The Fighting Hawks used two goals and an assist from Mark Senden to grab a series split.

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Riese Gaber scores UND's lone goal in the third period. Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

UND captain Mark Senden scored twice and added an assist to lead UND to a 3-2 win over Minnesota in the series finale in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Herald three stars

First star: Mark Senden, UND, 2 goals, 1 assist.

Second star: Gavin Hain, UND, goal.

Third star: Jake Schmaltz, UND, 2 assists.

First period

UND 1, Minnesota 0 -- Gavin Hain (Mark Senden, Jake Schmaltz) 3:27. UND gets on the board first when Senden makes a turnaround shot from the right circle that hits Hain's skate and gets past Minnesota goalie Jack LaFontaine.

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Second period

UND 2, Minnesota 0 -- Mark Senden (Louis Jamernik, Jake Schmaltz) 13:37 (pp). UND converts its second power-play chance of the night with a goal off the rush. Jamernik enters the zone on the right side and feathers an area pass just inside the blue line, allowing Senden to skate into it. He picks it up and snaps a shot from the high slot past LaFontaine's blocker.

Third period

UND 3, Minnesota 0 -- Mark Senden (Connor Ford, Jake Sanderson) 5:53. Sanderson makes a terrific play at the blue line to get a puck and dangle a Gopher defender, then gets the puck to Ford at the side of the net. Senden skates to the top of the crease and taps home a nice feed from Ford for his second goal and third point of the night.

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UND 3, Minnesota 1 -- Ben Meyers (Jackson LaCombe, Chaz Lucius) 7:35 (pp). Minnesota converts its second power play, a four-on-three look, in no time. After a faceoff win, LaCombe sets up Meyers for a one-timer. His blast hits Sanderson, but has enough to get through and in the net, anyway.

UND 3, Minnesota 2 -- Chaz Lucius (Sammy Walker, Ben Meyers) 16:30 (ex). Minnesota pulls LaFontaine and scores with the extra attacker. Walker gets it to Lucius backdoor for a tap in.

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UND's lines

Forwards

17 Riese Gaber--21 Connor Ford--28 Judd Caulfield

10 Gavin Hain--8 Jake Schmaltz--19 Mark Senden

9 Brendan Budy--27 Louis Jamernik--13 Carson Albrecht

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20 Nick Portz--11 Griffin Ness--5 Dane Montgomery

Defensemen

26 Jake Sanderson--15 Ethan Frisch

4 Cooper Moore--7 Chris Jandric

24 Luke Bast--2 Brady Ferner

25 Tyler Kleven

Goaltenders

33 Zach Driscoll

32 Jakob Hellsten

35 Harrison Feeney

Out of lineup: Ashton Calder (upper), Matteo Costantini (ill), Jackson Kunz (upper), Brent Johnson, Kaleb Johnson.

Minnesota's lines

Forwards

21 Grant Cruikshank--7 Aaron Huglen--9 Sammy Walker

89 Matthew Knies--39 Ben Meyers--29 Chaz Lucius

27 Blake McLaughlin--24 Jaxon Nelson--22 Bryce Brodzinski

10 Tristan Broz--25 Jack Perbix--18 Mason Nevers

11 Jonny Sorenson

Defensemen

23 Ryan Johnson--14 Brock Faber

55 Matt Staudacher--2 Jackson LaCombe

4 Ben Brinkman--6 Mike Koster

Goaltenders

45 Jack LaFontaine

1 Justen Close

33 Brennan Boynton

Out of lineup: Rhett Pitlick, Colin Schmidt, Carl Fish, Matt Denman

Pregame notes

UND is without leading goal-scorer Ashton Calder, who was on the receiving end of a slash from Minnesota's Blake McLaughlin in the third period Friday. There is no timetable yet for Calder. Matteo Costantini is missing his fourth-straight game with an illness. Jackson Kunz is missing his fourth-straight game with an upper-body injury. . . UND is listing Tyler Kleven as the extra defenseman after Kleven took a major penalty in the third period Friday. Minnesota is making just one change to its lineup, going with Tristan Broz as fourth line left wing for Rhett Pitlick.

Pregame reading

Minnesota returns Thanksgiving weekend favor by beating UND in Grand Forks Two years after the Fighting Hawks thumped the Gophers 9-3 in Mariucci Arena, Minnesota responded with a 5-1 win in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

UND hockey's penalty discipline a growing concern following loss to Minnesota UND's 197 penalty minutes rank eighth nationally and first in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

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