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GameCenter final: SCSU 6, UND 3

The Huskies swept the Fighting Hawks in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center for the first time since 2001-02.

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St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart (23) and North Dakota defenseman Chris Jandric (7) battle for the puck in the third period Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — UND blows a 3-0 second-period lead and loses 5-3 to St. Cloud State. It's the first time the Huskies have swept UND in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center since November 2001.

Herald three stars

First star: Zach Okabe, SCSU, 3 goals, natural hat trick.
Second star: Dylan Anhorn, SCSU, 2 assists.
Third star: Brendan Bushy, SCSU, 1 goal.

First period

UND 1, SCSU 0 — Matteo Costantini (Judd Caulfield) 11:45. Caulfield picks a puck out of midair at the defensive blue line to break up a Husky rush, then he picks it up, walks around a Husky player in the neutral zone and dishes to Costantini to create a three-on-two. Costantini snaps a shot past Husky goalie Dominic Basse for his first goal of the season. St. Cloud State challenges the goal as Caulfield played the puck with a high stick. But the officials determined it did not have a direct impact on the goal and let it stand.

UND 2, SCSU 0 — Gavin Hain (Jackson Blake, Chris Jandric) 15:46 (pp). UND takes advantage of its second power-play chance of the night. Hain helps UND win a faceoff by knocking a 50-50 puck back to Jandric. He tees one up for Blake, who hammers a one-timer to the net. Basse makes the save, but Hain pounces on the rebound for his eighth of the season.

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Second period

UND 3, SCSU 0 — Riese Gaber (Chris Jandric, Jake Schmaltz) 1:41 (pp). Jackson Blake draws a UND power play and the Fighting Hawks convert as Jandric gives it to Gaber in his spot, and the UND junior snipes one for his 11th of the season.

UND 3, SCSU 1 — Brendan Bushy (Grant Cruikshank, Adam Ingram) 2:04. St. Cloud State quickly responds just 23 seconds later on a four-on-two rush. Cruikshank makes a nice play to drop the pass to Bushy and the Thief River Falls product picks the corner for his second of the year.

UND 3, SCSU 2 — Zach Okabe (Dylan Anhorn, Adam Ingram) 18:12. UND with excellent pressure in the offensive zone, but a bad turnover by Brent Johnson in the final two minutes of the period ends up in the back of UND's net. The finish is a pretty play as Anhorn spins off a check and feeds Okabe backdoor.

Third period

UND 3, SCSU 3 — Zach Okabe (Veeti Miettinen) :54. UND blows the three-goal lead when the Huskies score less than a minute into the third period. Miettinen takes a shot on a rush that defenseman Ryan Sidorski picks out of midair, but he bats it right to Okabe, who scores his second goal of the game.

SCSU 4, UND 3 — Zach Okabe (Josh Luedtke, Jack Peart) 7:05 (pp). Okabe completes the natural hat trick with a snap shot from the left circle. UND challenges for goalie interference, but it's likely just a way to use its timeout and hope for a miracle call.

SCSU 5, UND 3 — Kyler Kupka (Dylan Anhorn) 14:13. Anhorn has the puck at the point and launches a shot that Kupka tips past DeRidder.

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SCSU 6, UND 3 — Jack Peart 17:47 (en). Peart banks one off the boards and into the empty net to ice it.

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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
29 Jackson Kunz—11 Griffin Ness—20 Nick Portz
26 Dylan James

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

Goaltenders
34 Drew DeRidder
32 Jakob Hellsten

Not in lineup: D Ethan Frisch (inj), F Dane Montgomery (inj), F Ben Strinden, F Carson Albrecht, D Luke Bast, G Kaleb Johnson

St. Cloud State's lines

Forwards
29 Veeti Miettinen—13 Jami Krannila—14 Zach Okabe
34 Adam Ingram—19 Grant Cruikshank—15 Micah Miller
10 Kyler Kupka—16 Mason Salquist—20 Jack Rogers
12 Ryan Rosborough—8 Aidan Spellacy—27 Chase Brand

Defensemen
4 Dylan Anhorn—21 Josh Luedtke
23 Jack Peart—18 Brendan Bushy
5 Ondrej Trebal—6 Mason Reiners
26 Cooper Wylie

Goaltenders
31 Dominic Basse
40 Jaxon Castor
1 James Gray

Not in lineup: D Spencer Meier (inj), D Brady Ziemer, F Grant Ahcan, F Ethan AuCoin

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Pregame notes

UND is playing without two injured players — Ethan Frisch (lower body) and Dane Montgomery (upper body). It's Frisch's second-straight game out. Montgomery hasn't played this season. UND made lineup changes, bringing in Matteo Costantini up front and Brent Johnson on the back end. Ben Strinden and Luke Bast are out. . . St. Cloud State has one lineup change on defense with Mason Reiners coming in for Brady Ziemer. . . There's a goalie change on both ends. UND is starting Drew DeRidder. The Huskies are starting Dominic Basse, continuing their goalie rotation. Basse has started Game 2 all season. . . The Huskies are looking for their first sweep of UND in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center since 2001-02. . . UND is wearing its black jerseys.

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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