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North Dakota hands Minnesota-Duluth first loss of season

Patchwork lineup comes through for Sioux

— Having four regulars out of the lineup didn’t stop No. 9 North Dakota from handing second-ranked Minnesota-Duluth a 4-2 loss, the Bulldogs first defeat of the season.

The Fighting Sioux were without the services of defensemen Andrew MacWilliam and Derek Forbort (illness); forward Carter Rowney (injury); and center Brad Malone, who served a one-game suspension for his hit last Saturday on Denver’s Jesse Martin. Martin remains hospitalized in Minneapolis with a serious neck injury.

“It was a good team effort,” said Sioux freshman forward Derek Rodwell, who notched his third goal of the season. “Guys getting into the lineup that normally haven’t this year brought a little extra energy. It definitely helped us along in tonight’s game. There was extra enthusiasm that we might have been missing before.”

UND senior forward Matt Frattin’s game-winning goal at 5:05 of the third period gave the Sioux a 3-1 lead. But they had to withstand a UMD rally when Bulldogs senior forward Justin Fontaine scored on the power play at 15:49 to make it a one-goal game.

Unfortunately for UMD, Fontaine was whistled for shooting the puck after the whistle with 1:37 left and given a game misconduct penalty. The Sioux took advantage of the situation, icing the victory with an empty net power-play goal by sophomore Corban Knight with 11 seconds remaining.

“We definitely felt we had a little momentum going after our power play goal,” said UMD junior center Travis Oleksuk. “We were feeling good and hoping to get some pressure on them 6 on 5. Unfortunately, that penalty with 1:30 left kind of deflated us a little bit.”

UND limited the high-powered Bulldogs to 16 shots on goal. Coach Dave Hakstol wasn’t surprised by the team’s effort, despite the missing players.

“There was nothing spectacular tonight,” he said. “There was just a bunch of guys who worked together, played hard together and won a game. It was a different-looking lineup, and it will be a little different again tomorrow night. But it’s what you need to have. You’ve got to go in and do the job.”

Oleksuk provided a similar assessment of UND.

“This is a team that has a lot more depth than the other teams we’ve played, and they definitely showed it tonight,” he said.

Rodwell got the Sioux on the board first at 2:22 of the second period. UMD freshman goalie Aaron Crandall couldn’t control a shot by forward Evan Trupp from along the left boards. Rodwell swatted the puck out of the air and into the net to give UND a 1-0 lead.

“It just kind of happened to bounce up in the air,” Rodwell said. “I got a pretty good whack at it, enough to get it in.”

Oleksuk answered for the Bulldogs at 16:25 of the second with the teams playing four aside. Sioux sophomore goalie Aaron Dell kicked out a rebound from a shot from the point, but the puck went straight to Oleksuk, who fired it in the open net.

But the Sioux regained the lead before the period ended with a power play goal Trupp at 17:57. With Crandall screened, his wrister from the top of the right circle slid in near side to put UND up 2-1.

“I wasn’t expecting it to go straight in,” Trupp said. “I was hoping for a rebound or a tip, but luckily enough, it went in.”

In the third, Frattin’s wrist shot through traffic from the slot got by Crandall to put UND up 3-1 at the 5:05 mark. Trupp noted that three of UND’s four goals were scored by getting traffic in front of the net.

The Bulldog’s made it a one-goal game again, completing a tic-tac-toe play from Mike Connolly to Jack Connolly to Fontaine at 15:49.  But Fontaine’s penalty and Knight’s empty net goal with 11 seconds remaining gave UND a 4-2 win before 11,638 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The two teams will meet for the second game of the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Engelstad Arena.

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  • hockey fan

    “Oleksuk answered for the Bulldogs at 16:25 of the second with the teams playing four aside. Sioux sophomore goalie Aaron Dell kicked out a rebound from a shot from the point, but the puck went straight to Oleksuk, who fired it in the open net.”

    Nice dialogue about that play…. To bad it didn’t happen the way you describe. The original shot didn’t even come close to going through as it went off a player well out in front and bounced to Oleksuk who had an easy open net to shoot at.

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