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Associated Press, Published March 14 2010

Men's hockey: North Dakota beats Minnesota 4-1 in WCHA clincher

GRAND FORKS – Jason Gregoire’s goal late in the second period proved to be the game-winner as North Dakota beat Minnesota 4-1 in the clinching game of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series.

The Fighting Sioux (22-12-5) won the best-of-three series two games to one Sunday to advance to the WCHA Final Five.

Gregoire had a goal and two assists and Matt Frattin added an insurance goal, his fourth goal of the series, midway through the third period.

Ben Blood also scored for UND.

North Dakota won the series opener 6-0 on Friday, but the Gophers evened things with their first playoff win in Grand Forks 4-2 on Saturday.

Blood’s first career power-play goal at 4:59 of the first period gave North Dakota the lead.

Jake Hansen tied it on Minnesota’s first shot on goal.

Brad Eidsness had 18 saves for UND and Alex Kangas made 25 for the Gophers (18-19-2).