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GameCenter final: UND 4, U.S. Under-18 Team 3, OT

Matteo Costantini scored in overtime to lift the Fighting Hawks to an exhibition game victory in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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UND's Dane Montgomery (5) hugs fellow Grand Forks native and current USA Under-18 forward Cole Spicer (10) in the post-game handshake lineup following a New Years Day exhibition hockey game at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
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GRAND FORKS — Matteo Costantini scored in overtime to lift UND to a 4-3 exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 Team on Saturday afternoon in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Herald three stars

First star: Matteo Costantini, game-winning goal, assist.
Second star: Gabe Perreault, USA, 2 goals, 1 assist.
Third star: Will Smith, USA, 1 goal, 2 assists.

First period

UND 1, USA 0 — Jake Schmaltz (Matteo Costantini, Judd Caulfield) 1:15. UND gets on the board early as Costantini tracks down a puck behind the net and centers to Schmaltz, who puts it over USA goalie Michael Chambre.

UND 2, USA 0 — Riese Gaber (Owen McLaughlin, Chris Jandric) 3:53. The Fighting Hawks quickly add to the lead with a couple of cross-ice passes. McLaughlin, in the right circle, hits Gaber in the left circle. Gaber's initial shot is stopped by Chambre, but Gaber goes top shelf with the rebound.

UND 2, USA 1 — Gabe Perreault (Will Smith, Ryan Leonard) 9:53. Leonard enters the zone on the right side and leaves a drop pass for Smith. UND loses coverage on Perreault on the left side. Smith makes the feed and Perreault finishes it.

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UND 2, USA 2 — Will Smith (Gabe Perreault, Ryan Leonard) 11:33. USA quickly ties it up with another goal from the top line. UND defenseman Brent Johnson turns the puck over then gets turned around with a quick passing play and Smith has a tap-in from the top of the crease.

Second period

UND 3, USA 2 — Cooper Moore (Owen McLaughlin) 14:05. McLaughlin makes a terrific defensive play, breaking up a USA rush with a backcheck, then takes the puck the other way on an odd-man rush, hits the trailer, Moore, and the defenseman snipes one.

UND 3, USA 3 — Gabe Perreault (Will Smith, Ryan Leonard) 18:01. Smith has the puck below the goal line and spots Perreault wide open in the circle. He makes the feed and Perreaul snipes it to tie the game.

Third period

No scoring.

Overtime

UND 4, USA 3 — Matteo Costantini (Louis Jamernik V, Ethan Frisch) 4:25. Frisch passes a puck to Jamernik at the blue line. Jamernik makes a nice touch pass to Costantini, who beats the USA defenseman wide and snaps a shot just inside the post to win it.

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UND's lines

Forwards
26 Dylan James—22 Owen McLaughlin—17 Riese Gaber
19 Mark Senden—27 Louis Jamernik V—13 Carson Albrecht
18 Matteo Costantini—8 Jake Schmaltz—28 Judd Caulfield
29 Jackson Kunz—11 Griffin Ness—20 Nick Portz

Defensemen
25 Tyler Kleven—15 Ethan Frisch
7 Chris Jandric—3 Ty Farmer
4 Cooper Moore—6 Brent Johnson
24 Luke Bast

Goaltenders
34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jakob Hellsten
1 Kaleb Johnson

Not in lineup: F Gavin Hain (precautionary), F Jackson Blake (World Juniors), F Dane Montgomery (upper-body), F Ben Strinden (illness), D Ryan Sidorski (conditioning).

U.S. Under-18 Team

Forwards
4 Gabe Perreault (BC)—2 Will Smith (BC)—22 Will Vote (BC)
13 Danny Nelson (Notre)—11 Oliver Moore (Minn)—9 Ryan Leonard (BC)
19 Carter Slaggert (Notre)—10 Ryan Fine (Harv)—18 Beckett Hendrickson (Minn)
21 Austin Burnevik (SCSU)—29 Alex Weiermair (DU)—23 Salvatore Guzzo (Harv)

Defensemen
8 Zach Schulz (Wisco)—17 Aram Minnetian (BC)
24 Drew Fortescue (BC)—26 Kai Janviriya (BU)
6 Brady Cleveland (Wisco)—28 Zeev Buium (DU)
20 Nathan Tobey (QU)

Goaltenders
30 Michael Chambre (BU)
32 Carsen Musser (uncommitted)

Pregame notes

UND head coach Brad Berry will miss the game due to a family illness. Jason Ulmer will be on the bench. . . Although everyone practiced Friday outside of Jackson Blake (World Juniors) and Dane Montgomery (upper body), UND is holding some players out. Gavin Hain played through an injury in the first half of the season and Ryan Sidorski practiced for the first time Friday after being stuck at home in Buffalo during a blizzard.

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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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