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GameCenter final: UND 4, Minn. Duluth 3

The Fighting Hawks used goals from four different defensemen to win the series opener in Duluth.

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Fighting Hawks forward Jake Schmaltz (8) keeps the puck away from Minnesota Duluth's Jesse Jacques (18) in the first period of a home hockey matchup on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
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DULUTH, Minn. — UND used goals from four different defensemen — Luke Bast, Cooper Moore, Tyler Kleven and Ethan Frisch — and a 36-save night from Zach Driscoll to win the series opener 4-3 over Minnesota Duluth in AmsOil Arena.

Herald three stars

First star: Luke Bast, UND, goal, assist.
Second star: Zach Driscoll, UND, 36 saves.
Third star: Dominic James, Duluth, goal, assist.

First period

UND 1, Minnesota Duluth 0 — Tyler Kleven (Judd Caulfield, Jake Schmaltz) 11:50. Despite a poor opening 10 minutes, UND gets on the board first when Kleven snaps a shot from the point through an Ashton Calder screen. His shot hits the post and goes in for his fifth of the season.

UND 1, Minnesota Duluth 1 — Blake Biondi (Dominic James, Quinn Olson) 18:31. The Bulldogs even it before the end of the period as James skates with the puck below the end line and feeds a wide open Biondi in the slot. Biondi snaps a wrist shot before UND defenseman Brent Johnson gets there to block it.

Second period

UND 2, Minnesota Duluth 1 — Luke Bast (Cooper Moore, Jake Schmaltz) 1:03 (pp). UND tries Bast on the second power-play unit in the right circle — a spot normally occupied by Kleven — and it works. Moore slides a pass over to Bast, who hammers a one-timer past Bulldog goalie Ryan Fanti for his first-career goal.

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UND 3, Minnesota Duluth 1 — Cooper Moore (Luke Bast, Matteo Costantini) 19:07 (pp). UND's new-look second power-play unit strikes again as Moore walks the line at the top, creates a lane and snaps a shot into the corner of the net.

Third period

UND 3, Minnesota Duluth 2 — Dominic James (Darian Gotz) 9:35 (sh). UND has an excellent power play with a number of Grade-A chances, but it ends up minus-one on it when the Fighting Hawks get caught in a line change and Gotz springs James for a clean breakaway. James goes five-hole for his fourth goal of the season. It's the third shorthanded goal allowed in the last eight games for the Fighting Hawks.

UND 4, Minnesota Duluth 2 — Ethan Frisch (Chris Jandric, Riese Gaber) 13:54 (pp). Frisch scores for the sixth time in seven games. Skating on a four-on-three power play, Frisch snaps a shot from the top of the zone off the post and in. It's his ninth goal of the season.

UND 4, Minnesota Duluth 3 — Kobe Roth (Hunter Lellig, Owen Gallatin) 16:04. The Bulldogs answer right back as Lellig launches a shot from the right point and Roth tips it past Driscoll for his 10th goal of the season.

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UND's lines

Forwards
18 Matteo Costantini—21 Connor Ford—17 Riese Gaber
28 Judd Caulfield—8 Jake Schmaltz—16 Ashton Calder
20 Nick Portz—11 Griffin Ness—13 Carson Albrecht
29 Jackson Kunz—27 Louis Jamernik—9 Brendan Budy
5 Dane Montgomery

Defensemen
25 Tyler Kleven—15 Ethan Frisch
7 Chris Jandric—6 Brent Johnson
4 Cooper Moore—24 Luke Bast

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Goaltenders
33 Zach Driscoll
32 Jakob Hellsten

Out of lineup, on trip: Mark Senden (inj)
Out of lineup, not on trip: Jake Sanderson (Olympics/inj), Gavin Hain (inj), Brady Ferner (inj), Kaleb Johnson, Harrison Feeney

Minnesota Duluth's lines

Forwards
10 Kobe Roth—37 Casey Gilling—11 Koby Bender
15 Quinn Olson—17 Dominic James—7 Blake Biondi
22 Kyler Kleven—18 Jesse Jacques—13 Tanner Laderoute
24 Luke Mylymok—33 Carter Loney—16 Luke Loheit

Defensemen
3 Matt Anderson—6 Louie Roehl
2 Darian Gotz—25 Connor Kelley
20 Owen Gallatin—8 Hunter Lellig
23 Will Francis

Goaltenders
39 Ryan Fanti
35 Zach Stejskal
36 Ben Patt

Out of lineup: Noah Cates (Olympics), Wyatt Kaiser (inj), Jarrett Lee (inj), Ben Almquist, Jake Rosenbaum, Brady Anderson

Pregame notes

Lineups are as expected. UND's Senden skated in warmups, but didn't play. UND's Kleven was apparently questionable but decided to play. . . UND is wearing its green jerseys. . . UND goalies Driscoll and Hellsten skated up to Minnesota Duluth's Stejskal before the game to wish him well. Stejskal is battling testicular cancer. . . This is UND's first trip to AmsOil Arena since February 2020. . . NCHC director of officiating Don Adam attended the game.

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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