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Associated Press, Published January 14 2011

Men's hockey: Sacchetti's goal sparks Minnesota's win over UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Nico Sacchetti’s power-play goal early in the third period lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 win over rival North Dakota on Friday.

Sacchetti slapped a deflected puck past Fighting Sioux goalie Aaron Dell at 4:45 of the third period to help the Golden Gophers (10-8-3, 7-7-2) snap second-ranked North Dakota’s seven-game winning streak.

The loss dropped North Dakota into a first-place tie with Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA.

Minnesota blew a 2-0 lead before getting the game-winner. Mike Hoeffel and Jake Hansen staked the Gophers to a 2-0 lead after one period.

North Dakota (16-6-2, 11-4-0) tied it early in the third period on a power-play goal by Jason Gregoire. Brad Malone also scored for the Sioux.

Both teams had two power-play goals.

Dell made 26 saves for North Dakota. Kent Patterson had 35 stops for the Gophers.