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Gravel’s late goal breaks tie in St. Cloud State’s win over Nebraska-Omaha

 Gravels late goal breaks tie in St. Cloud States win over Nebraska Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin Gravel broke a tie with 3:22 remaining Friday, sending No. 5 St. Cloud State to sole possession of first place in the NCHC with a 5-3 victory over Nebraska-Omaha.

The Huskies took the lead three times in the first two periods, twice on Joey Benik goals, but the Mavericks responded each time.

But Gravel’s goal broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period, and the Huskies’ Brooks Bertsch added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

Ryan Faragher stopped 31 shots for St. Cloud State (14-5-4, 8-3-2 NCHC). Reed Peters stopped 25 shots for Nebraska-Omaha (9-12-2, 6-5-2).

The Huskies took a two-point lead over idle Denver and North Dakota in the NCHC standings.

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