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GameCenter final: Minnesota 3, UND 2, OT

The Gophers got an extra-attacker goal late in the third period and Matthew Knies scored 21 seconds into overtime in the series opener.

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UND's Zach Yon skates with the puck against Minnesota during the first period of their game at Mariucci Arena on Thanksgiving Day 2019.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's Mason Nevers scored an extra-attacker goal with 1:24 to go in the third period to tie the game, then Matthew Knies scored 21 seconds into overtime to give the Gophers a 3-2 win in the series opener.

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First star: Matthew Knies, UM, game-winning goal.
Second period: Drew DeRidder, UND, 35 saves.
Third period: Mason Nevers, UM, game-tying goal.

First period

UND 1, Minnesota 0 — Jake Schmaltz (Ty Farmer) 4:23. UND gets on the board first as Farmer gets the puck at the point and throws it toward the top of the crease, where Schmaltz tips it past Justen Close for his second goal of the season.

Second period

UND 1, Minnesota 1 — Jackson LaCombe (Ryan Johnson, Matthew Knies) 18:37. Minnesota gets on the board when LaCombe gets a puck at the top of the zone, puts it on his backhand, wheels around the right circle to get separation from Mark Senden and flips a backhand just inside the post.

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UND 2, Minnesota 1 — Riese Gaber (Chris Jandric, Jake Schmaltz) 19:24 (pp). UND answers on its first power play of the night. Gaber gets the puck in the right circle and does his thing, wiring a puck between defenders and just inside the post for his fourth goal of the season.

Third period

UND 2, Minnesota 2 — Mason Nevers (Mike Koster, Jimmy Snuggerud) 18:36 (ex). Minnesota pulls the goalie for the extra attacker. Nevers comes off the bench, heads to the slot and snaps a shot past DeRidder to tie it.

Overtime

Minnesota 3, UND 2 — Matthew Knies :21. Minnesota wins the opening draw and scores off the draw. Knies finishes it when he walks UND defenseman Chris Jandric in the right circle and makes a power move to the net and slams it five-hole on DeRidder.

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UND's lines

Forwards
9 Jackson Blake—8 Jake Schmaltz—28 Judd Caulfield
18 Matteo Costantini—22 Owen McLaughlin—17 Riese Gaber
10 Gavin Hain—27 Louis Jamernik V—19 Mark Senden
13 Carson Albrecht—11 Griffin Ness—21 Ben Strinden

Defensemen
25 Tyler Kleven—15 Ethan Frisch
7 Chris Jandric—3 Ty Farmer
4 Cooper Moore—6 Brent Johnson
2 Ryan Sidorski

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Goaltenders
34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jakob Hellsten

Out of lineup: F Dane Montgomery (inj), D Luke Bast (inj), F Nick Portz, F Jackson Kunz, F Dylan James, G Kaleb Johnson

Minnesota's lines

Forwards
77 Rhett Pitlick—7 Aaron Huglen—22 Bryce Brodzinski
89 Matthew Knies—92 Logan Cooley—81 Jimmy Snuggerud
18 Mason Nevers—24 Jaxon Nelson—17 Brody Lamb
27 Charlie Strobel—13 Garrett Pinoniemi—10 Connor Kurth

Defensemen
2 Jackson LaCombe—14 Brock Faber
23 Ryan Johnson—4 Mike Koster
20 Luke Mittelstadt—71 Ryan Chelsey
6 Cal Thomas

Goaltending
1 Justen Close
31 Owen Bartoszkiewicz
30 Zach Wiese

Not in lineup: D Carl Fish, F John Mittelstadt, F Colin Schmidt, D Matt Staudacher

Pregame notes

UND juggles its lines and goes with a more veteran lineup. Carson Albrecht, Griffin Ness and Ben Strinden are in; Nick Portz, Dylan James and Jackson Kunz are out. . . The Fighting Hawks put Gavin Hain, Louis Jamernik V and Mark Senden back together. . . Minnesota loads up its top line with Matthew Knies, Logan Cooley and Jimmy Snuggerud. . . The goalie matchup is Drew DeRidder vs. Justen Close. . . UND is wearing its green jerseys for its first road game of the 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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