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GameCenter final: UND 4, Minn. Duluth 2

Riese Gaber, Gavin Hain, Louis Jamernik V and Jackson Blake scored goals to lead the Fighting Hawks to a victory in the series opener.

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UND's Mark Senden is held by Minnesota Duluth's Wyatt Kaiser as Bulldog goalie Ryan Fanti blocks the shot in the first period of last season's game in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Kaiser received a penalty on the play.
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GRAND FORKS — Riese Gaber scored a power-play goal, Gavin Hain and Louis Jamernik V scored at even-strength and Jackson Blake iced the 4-2 UND victory with an empty-netter. Drew DeRidder stopped 23 shots in net for the Fighting Hawks.

Herald three stars

First star: Gavin Hain, UND, 1 goal.
Second star: Kyle Bettens, Duluth, 2 goals.
Third star: Louis Jamernik V, UND, game-winning goal.

First period

UND 1, Duluth 0 — Riese Gaber (Ethan Frisch, Chris Jandric) 3:36 (pp). UND's power play stays hot, scoring on the first power-play chance of the night. Jandric moves the puck to Frisch in the left circle. Frisch makes a terrific shot/pass to the slot, where Gaber tips it past Bulldog goalie Matthew Thiessen.

Second period

UND 2, Duluth 0 — Gavin Hain (Mark Senden, Judd Caulfield) 12:01. UND buzzes in the offensive zone for three-straight shifts and gets rewarded for it. Senden has the puck behind the net and feeds one to Hain out front. Hain moves it to his backhand and slips it five-hole for his ninth goal of the season.

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UND 2, Duluth 1 — Kyle Bettens (Derek Daschke) 13:26. Duluth answers just 1:25 later as Bettens comes up the right side on a harmless rush and fires a shot on net. UND goalie Drew DeRidder sends the rebound back to him and slides a little too far out of position and Bettens hammers it back for his third goal of the season.

Third period

UND 3, Duluth 1 — Louis Jamernik V (Jackson Blake, Ryan Sidorski) :43. UND comes out and scores right away on an awkward play. Blake has the puck on the right side and attempts to hit Judd Caulfield in the slot. It grazes off a Bulldog stick, Caulfield misses and it goes backdoor to Jamernik V. He puts it away and points to Al Pearson in the stands, letting him know that goal was for him.

UND 3, Duluth 2 — Kyle Bettens (Quinn Olson, Carter Loney) 13:42. The Bulldogs pull within one on a rush. Olson has the puck on the left side and spots Bettens wide open in the right circle. Bettens has a lot of net to shoot at and doesn't miss. It's his second goal of the game.

UND 4, Duluth 2 — Jackson Blake 19:54 (en). Blake ices it with an empty-netter, his 10th goal of the season.

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UND's lines

Forwards
10 Gavin Hain—19 Mark Senden—28 Judd Caulfield
9 Jackson Blake—27 Louis Jamernik V—17 Riese Gaber
22 Owen McLaughlin—21 Ben Strinden—20 Nick Portz
29 Jackson Kunz—18 Matteo Costantini—26 Dylan James
13 Carson Albrecht

Defensemen
25 Tyler Kleven—15 Ethan Frisch
7 Chris Jandric—2 Ryan Sidorski
4 Cooper Moore—3 Ty Farmer

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Goaltenders
34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jakob Hellsten
1 Kaleb Johnson

Not in lineup: F Jake Schmaltz (upper body), F Dane Montgomery (upper body), F Griffin Ness, D Brent Johnson, D Luke Bast

Minnesota Duluth's lines

Forwards
6 Ben Steeves—17 Dominic James—16 Luke Loheit
15 Quinn Olson—33 Carter Loney—24 Kyle Bettens
21 Luke Mylymok—8 Jesse Jacques—13 Tanner Laderoute
3 Isaac Howard—11 Cole Spicer—37 Luke Johnson

Defensemen
5 Wyatt Kaiser—2 Darian Gotz
10 Derek Daschke—28 Aiden Dubinsky
20 Owen Gallatin—18 Joey Pierce
23 Will Francis

Goaltenders
36 Matt Thiessen
35 Zach Stejskal

Not in lineup: F Blake Biondi (upper body), F Kyler Kleven (upper body), F Jack Smith, D Riley Bodnarchuk, G Zach Sandy

Pregame notes

The Fighting Hawks will be without center Jake Schmaltz, who is missing the first game in his college career. It ends his streak of 62-straight. . . UND is going back to transfer Drew DeRidder in net. Minnesota Duluth is going with transfer Matthew Thiessen, who has not played since Dec. 10. . . UND has juggled all four forward lines, mixing the high-skill players with more grinding types. . . Minnesota Duluth also is spreading out its skilled players.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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