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GameCenter final: Minnesota Duluth 2, UND 1

Luke Loheit scored a goal with 2:03 left in the third period to give the Bulldogs a series split.

NCAA Men's Hockey 2023: MN Duluth v North Dakota JAN 20
Minnesota Duluth players Ben Steeves (6) and Luke Loheit watch the puck along with UND players Ryan Sidorski (2) and Judd Caulfield (28) during a game on Jan. 20, 2023, in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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GRAND FORKS — Luke Loheit scored a goal off his leg with 2:03 left to give Minnesota Duluth a 2-1 victory and a series split.

Herald three stars

First star: Zach Stejskal, Duluth, 20 saves.
Second star: Luke Loheit, Duluth, game-winning goal.
Third star: Drew DeRidder, UND, 24 saves.

First period

No scoring.

Second period

Duluth 1, UND 0 — Isaac Howard (Luke Johnson, Jesse Jacques) 3:08. Johnson and UND defenseman Ty Farmer race to get a puck along the end wall. Johnson gets there, then spots Howard wide open off to the side of the crease. Howard one-times it into the corner of the net to give the Bulldogs the lead.

Duluth 1, UND 1 — Mark Senden 18:42. Senden picks off a Luke Loheit pass in the defensive zone and heads the other way on a rush. When he gets to the left circle, he snaps a shot that beats Minnesota Duluth goalie Zach Stejskal glove side.

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Third period

Duluth 2, UND 1 — Luke Loheit (Dominic James, Ben Steeves) 17:57. UND wins an offensive zone draw clean and all the way back into its own end. Ethan Frisch gets the puck and sends a pass to the wall, but it's picked off by Ben Steeves, starting an odd-man break the other way. He dishes to James below the goal line. James passes to the slot, where the puck hits Loheit in the leg and goes in. UND challenges for kicking, but there was no distinct kicking motion.

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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—11 Ben Strinden—26 Dylan James
20 Nick Portz—11 Griffin Ness—13 Carson Albrecht
18 Matteo Costantini

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

Goaltenders
34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jacob Hellsten
1 Kaleb Johnson

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

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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
12 Jack Smith

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

Goaltenders
35 Zach Stejskal
36 Matthew Thiessen

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

Pregame notes

UND is making a change on the fourth line, bringing in Griffin Ness to center that unit. The Fighting Hawks also are shuffling a little bit, moving Dylan James to the third line, Nick Portz to the fourth. Matteo Costantini is the extra skater and Jackson Kunz is out. UND is probably looking to do better against Minnesota Duluth's fourth line, which didn't score but had strong possession numbers — Isaac Howard (76 percent), Cole Spicer (76 percent) and Luke Johnson (78 percent). . . The Bulldogs are dressing an extra forward instead of defenseman as Joey Pierce moves out for Jack Smith. . . Minnesota Duluth is starting Zach Stejskal in net. . . This will be the final regular-season game between the teams this season.

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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