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GameCenter final: UND 2, Western Michigan 2, tie

Western Michigan used a third-period goal by Jack Perbix to grab a tie in the series opener in Lawson Ice Arena. UND grabbed the extra point in the NCHC standings in the shootout.

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UND forward Carson Albrecht (13) brings the puck to the edge of the Broncos goal as Western Michigan goaltender Brandon Bussi paces him in the first period of a men's hockey game at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks on Friday, February 25, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan forward Jack Perbix scored with 8:13 to go in the third period to give the Broncos a 2-2 tie with UND in the opening game of their two-game set in Lawson Ice Arena. UND got the extra point in the shootout.

Herald three stars

First star: Owen McLaughlin, UND, assist, shootout winner.
Second star: Cameron Rowe, WMU, 34 saves.
Third star: Drew DeRidder, UND, 26 saves.

First period

WMU 1, UND 0 — Jamie Rome (Aidan Fulp, Tim Washe) 19:58. UND ices the puck with 4.8 seconds left in the first period and it comes back to haunt the Fighting Hawks. Washe wins a draw, Fulp gets it to Rome and the fifth-year senior sneaks it just inside the post with 1.2 seconds left in the period.

Second period

WMU 1, UND 1 — Judd Caulfield (Owen McLaughlin, Tyler Kleven) 5:18 (pp). Caulfield continues to thrive against the Broncos with his eighth-career goal against Western. On this one, McLaughlin does most of the work. After an excellent zone entry by McLaughlin, he threads a pass to Caulfield, who is standing on top of the crease. Caulfield tips it past Western Michigan goalie Cameron Rowe.

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UND 2, WMU 1 — Louis Jamernik V (Jackson Blake) 14:15. Blake gets dumped off the puck, but Gavin Hain wins a board battle to free it back up. Blake takes it on a two-on-one, dips around Western defender Carter Berger and flips a backhand feed to Jamernik on the backdoor. Jamernik finishes it for his second goal of the season.

Third period

WMU 2, UND 2 — Jack Perbix (Dylan Wendt) 11:47 (dp). Wendt holds in a Tyler Kleven clearing attempt at the blue line and makes a nifty feed to Perbix in space. Perbix snipes the corner of the net on a delayed penalty to tie it up.

Overtime

No scoring.

Shootout

WMU — Luke Grainger saved
UND — Jackson Blake saved
WMU — Carter Berger GOAL
UND — Riese Gaber GOAL
WMU — Max Sasson GOAL
UND — Tyler Kleven GOAL
WMU — Ryan McAllister saved
UND — Owen McLaughlin GOAL

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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
18 Matteo Costantini—8 Jake Schmaltz—28 Judd Caulfield
26 Dylan James—11 Griffin Ness—13 Carson Albrecht

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

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Goaltenders
34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jakob Hellsten

On trip, out of lineup: F Ben Strinden, F Nick Portz
Not on trip: F Jackson Kunz, F Dane Montgomery (inj), D Brent Johnson, G Kaleb Johnson

Western Michigan's lines

Forwards
8 Ryan McAllister—34 Max Sasson—14 Jason Polin
10 Chad Hillebrand—9 Luke Grainger—12 Cole Gallant
37 Dylan Wendt—25 Jack Perbix—28 Hugh Larkin
13 Oliver MacDonald—16 Tim Washe—20 Jamie Rome
22 Trevor Bishop or 19 Cam Knuble

Defensemen
17 Cedric Fielder—4 Zak Galambos
23 Carter Berger—24 Aidan Fulp
15 Daniel Hilsendager—2 Jacob Bauer

Goaltenders
31 Cameron Rowe
1 Kirk Laursen
29 Will Hambley

Not in lineup: F Barrett Brooks, F Cole Burtch, F Wyatt Schingoethe, F Theo Thrun, F Ethan Wolthers, D Lucas Matta, D Samuel Sjolund (ineligible)

Pregame notes

Both lineups are as expected. . . UND is using its extra skater on defense. . . The goalie matchup is Drew DeRidder vs. Cameron Rowe. . . DeRidder is expected to have a large family contingent on hand. . . The Fighting Hawks are wearing green. The Broncos are in white.

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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