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Kristo’s two points help North Dakota edge Wisconsin

— Mario Lamoureux didn’t bother wrapping Stephane Pattyn’s 21st birthday present Friday night, but Pattyn probably didn’t mind.

Lamoureux’s cross-crease pass scooted past a diving Joel Rumpel (20 saves) right to the freshman forward, who tapped in the gift for his first career goal, which also stood as the game-winner for North Dakota (14-10-2, 10-9 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) in a 5-3 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers (12-11-2, 7-10-2 WCHA) in front of 11,769 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

“That was quite the feeling,” Pattyn said. “My best present for sure.”

Pattyn’s goal punctuated a quirky WCHA affair that saw North Dakota blow leads in each of the first two periods before pulling away at the end to pick up a crucial conference victory.

“I think both teams just played a tight game close to the vest,” said North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol. “We were looking for a power-play opportunity or a power-play goal or one opportunity to win it. Fortunately, we came up with that opportunity.”

North Dakota got on the board early in this one, building its first lead on just the second shift of the game. Michael Parks picked up a loose puck right off a faceoff and wristed one off the left post and in just 31 seconds in to make it 1-0.

Then Danny Kristo tipped a Brock Nelson shot on a power play to put UND up 2-0.

However, Wisconsin capitalized on North Dakota’s mistakes and evened the game before the first intermission. Michael Mersch tipped a Tyler Barnes’ shot from the left slot for his ninth of the year at 6:37. Then at 13:34, Keegan Meuer scored on a weak shot from in tight that Aaron Dell (14 saves) didn’t appear to be ready for.

A similar sort of story played out in the second period, with North Dakota powering ahead for another lead before faltering again. After a Frankie Simonelli penalty, Danny Kristo set up Dillon Simpson for a shot from the point that found nothing but net to give North Dakota another brief lead at 13:27 of the second.

Another strange bounce of the puck allowed the Badgers to pull even once again at 16:45. Mersch scored his second of the night after Mark MacMillan’s clearing attempt deflected straight up in the air and landed right in front of Dell. Mersch fired a quick shot through Dell’s pads to tie it at three heading into the third.

“It was a good push back by us to come back and tie the game and create some scoring chances,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said.

Hakstol knew his team needed to put those fluky goals behind them and tweak their mindset in order to get back in control in the third.

“I felt like through the first 40 minutes we were almost playing not to make a mistake instead of playing the game we need to — to make plays and make a positive impact shift in and shift out. We just wanted to wipe the slate clean. It was a 3-3 hockey game; it comes down to a 20 minute game. At that point in time, you just have to have a short memory and go out and do the things we need to do to win the hockey game.”

North Dakota controlled the tempo in that third period, outshooting the Badgers 9-3 in the final frame. Finally, a UND rush created by Joe Gleason led to the winning tally at 18:06.

Gleason rushed in and fired a shot, which slid off a Wisconsin defender’s stick towards Lamoureux’s direction. The senior captain saw Rumpel get knocked out of the play by his own defenseman, then fed the puck across the crease to the waiting Pattyn.

“Mario made an unbelievable play. It started with Joe [Gleason] using his speed. Mario just saw me back door and I was wide open — the goalie was nowhere to be seen and all I had to do was tap it in.

“It just shows what a hard worker Mario and just his leadership and his poise in that play.”

Nelson rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:59.

Wisconsin’s young team drops to 1-7-1 on the road this season, but their ability to come back from deficits in a hostile atmosphere gave Eaves some hope.

“There were some victories tonight,” Eaves said, but he added: “The win didn’t count because we didn’t do enough things in the third period to make it happen.”

The two teams return to action Saturday night at 7:07 p.m.

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  • CrockOGrimaldi

    Nice to see the academic ineligibles win a Friday game for a change.  And no suspensions or having the captaincy removed. 

    • Hooray Trolls!

      And its nice to see a generalized backhanded compliment from a jackwagon for no beneficial reason!

      • John46

        Go make some cheese ya ugly rodents!

    • Siouxfan219

      Why dont all the haters out there come up with some new material? Oh yea, thats cause thats all u got. Its getting old. “They play too rough. They have a player that took courses that didnt transfer so he’s ineligible. What an horrible dirty team!”.

  • Ranger

    Lame.  That’s all you got?

  • SUEH8TER

    Kristo may be a bigger tool that blood!  Either way, they are certainly plying for the right team, THE CHARLESTON CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      Read above comment: that one is for you ya Dbag

      • SUEH8TER

        I might as well waste my time responding to you also.  Dbad, how original.  Boy you really hurt me with that one.hehehe

    • Sioux4ever

      Why not all CAPS this time?  Blood is a great player.  If he played for the goofers you would be praising his type of play.  He is plain ol intimidating.  He reminds me of Mike Commodore – his presence is felt the second he steps on the ice.  Hate him all you want – but we are proud to have him

      • SUEH8TER

        No caps today, just for you cry eyes.  Blood is not a great player, he is a GOON.  And because he is a GOON, you are proud of him.  By the way, he would be considered a GOPHER REJECT, just like ole frozen toes. 

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Just another jealous rodent fan because of all the success the Sioux have had with blood and kristo. Just jealous all that talent came from Minnesota. You call them Gooph rejects, but Im guessing they would have never wanted to play for that pansy lucia. hell, he couldnt even get little mario to come play for him. smart kid

        • Sioux4ever

          Goon ….. No     Bigger and more intimidating….. Yes

          • Nwo4life58203

            yea he is a real tough guy going after a 5-6 rau not as tough when seth ambroz threw him around and had him in choke hold

      • Nwo4life58203

        how is he imtimdating he cant skate and yes his presence is felt when he hits the ice is shakes when the goof falls down and flops around

  • UofMGoldenChokers

    oooo, the little boy came out of mommy’s basement to add yet another comment that makes absolutely no sense. Why dont you do the world a favor and just shoot yourself and rid yourself of that miserable life you lead.

    • SUEH8TER

      Why all the hatred??  Actually I just came up from your mom’s basement.  She and I get along real well. hahahaha  And contrary to your thoughts, I lead a wonderful life.  But thanks for caring.

      • UofMGoldenChokers

        Im sure you do. You spend your time trying to come up with amazing arguments when all you do is make yourself look like a ridiculous fool. Go choke on a rodent Dick

        • SUEH8TER

          My name is not dick.

  • Nwo4life58203

    blood is a terrible hockey player they should put a shamie on his butt and he could clean the ice because that is where he usually is flopping like a fish out of water and what success have u had 0 ncaa titles and u got out coached by a 60 year old man last year

  • Nwo4life58203

    last time i checked Lucia has 2  NCAA titles back to back chockstol has  0

    • nogofer

      Last time I checked UND has 7, prairie rats have 5…

      • Nwo4life58203

        i was talking about lucia vs hackstol lucia has 2 back to back hackstol has gone to the frozen 4 but never won he even got out coached by a 60 sum year old man last year time for a new coach

        • nogofer

          Lucy won with a team and kids (from NORTH DAKOTA) that he inherited.  HIS own recruits have been dismal failures…

          • Nwo4life58203

            yo ban und could not get poultny maybe they would win the big prize once a while and lucia had no north dakota players this year and he kicked your a** 3 games to 1

          • nogofer

            Do you want to re-phrase that in English?

  • Nwo4life58203

    you can have blood and im sure the gophers are glad u have him also he was on the ice for 5 of the 6 goals we scored on u

  • Nwo4life58203

    i will take the gopher defense over ben blood anyday because i want them to be able to skate and not flop all over the ice