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GameCenter final: UND 3, BSU 3, tie

The Fighting Hawks rallied from down two goals to earn a tie in the series opener at the Sanford Center.

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Bemidji State forward Tyler Kirkup (27) fights to get to his feet as UND's Tyler Kleven (25) goes for the puck in the first period of an exhibition hockey game at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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BEMIDJI, Minn. — UND rallied from a two-goal, second-period deficit to grab a tie with Bemidji State. Griffin Ness, Jackson Blake and Ty Farmer scored for the Fighting Hawks. The series finale is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. Saturday in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Herald three stars

First star: Jackson Blake, UND, 1 goal.
Second star: Griffin Ness, UND, 1 goal.
Third star: Lleyton Roed, BSU, 1 goal.

First period

BSU 1, UND 0 — Jakub Lewandowski (Ross Armour) 3:57. The Beavers take advantage of their first chance of the game. Lewandowski gets the puck in the right circle with space. He hammers a shot that's blocked right back to him. He winds up and hammers it again and it goes far side on UND goalie Jakob Hellsten.

BSU 2, UND 0 — Eric Martin (Lleyton Roed, Elias Rosen) 16:49 (pp). Bemidji State capitalizes on its first power-play chance of the night when Roed gets the puck in the left circle and his shot hits the shaft of Mark Senden's stick and deflects right to Martin, who is sitting backdoor for the tap in.

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Second period

BSU 2, UND 1 — Griffin Ness (Judd Caulfield, Dylan James) 2:25. Ness picks up a puck in the circle with space, walks around Beaver defender Tony Follmer and tries to set up Caulfield backdoor. Bemidji State goalie Mattias Sholl makes the save, but Ness buries the rebound.

BSU 3, UND 1 — Lleyton Roed (Kaden Pickering) 2:55. UND gives it right back on the next shift as Pickering wins a puck battle to start a two-on-one. He makes the feed to Roed, who picks the corner of the net.

BSU 3, UND 2 — Jackson Blake (Riese Gaber, Ty Farmer) 4:28. Blake enters the offensive zone up the middle with speed and makes a terrific chip pass to Gaber, who makes a move to backhand. Sholl makes an excellent save, but Blake follows it up and finishes. After the goal he points at the net, signaling that one counts after he had a goal disallowed in the first period.

BSU 3, UND 3 — Ty Farmer (Tyler Kleven, Dylan James) 18:37. UND dominates chances after the Blake goal and finally gets rewarded with 1:23 left in the period when Farmer snaps a point shot through two layers of traffic. It hits the stick of Beaver defender Mitch Wolfe and gets past Sholl.

Third period

No scoring

Overtime

No scoring.

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UND's lines

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

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Defensemen
7 Chris Jandric—15 Ethan Frisch
25 Tyler Kleven—2 Ryan Sidorski
24 Luke Bast—3 Ty Farmer

Goaltenders
32 Jakob Hellsten
34 Drew DeRidder
1 Kaleb Johnson

Not in lineup: D Brent Johnson (ill), D Cooper Moore (inj), F Nick Portz (inj), F Dane Montgomery (inj), F Jackson Kunz.

Bemidji State's lines

Forwards
26 Jakub Lewandowski—17 Ross Armour—11 Eric Martin
14 Mitchell Martan—16 Jere Vaisanen—21 Alexander Lundman
29 Lleyton Roed—27 Jackson Jutting—18 Kaden Pickering
20 Kirklan Irey—23 Aaron Myers—8 Adam Flammang

Defensemen
4 Will Zmolek—28 Elias Rosen
7 Kyle Looft—5 Will Magnuson
2 Tony Follmer—6 Mitch Wolfe
25 Vince Corcoran

Goaltenders
30 Mattias Sholl
1 Gavin Enright
35 Michael Carr

Not in lineup: F Brad Belisle, F Carter Jones, F Austin Jouppi, F Donte Lawson, D Logan Acheson, D Jack Powell, D Patrik Satosaari

Pregame notes

Luke Bast will play his first game of the season for UND. He could see some substantial minutes off the bat as UND is only able to dress six defensemen because of an illness to Brent Johnson and an injury to Cooper Moore. . . The only healthy scratch is Jackson Kunz. . . Ben Strinden stays at center for UND. . . The Fighting Hawks are loading up a skill line with Riese Gaber and rookies Owen McLaughlin and Jackson Blake. . . The Fighting Hawks also have broke up the top defensive pairing of Tyler Kleven and Ethan Frisch. Kleven will play with Ryan Sidorski. Frisch will play with Chris Jandric. . . Bemidji State continues its incredible consistency with its lines. The only change the Beavers have made since the start of the season is at fourth line left wing (and extra skater). . . The goalie battle is Jakob Hellsten vs. Mattias Sholl.

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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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