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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published December 30 2011

Harvard, UND play to a draw

GRAND FORKS – The scoreboard read ‘UND 4, Harvard 4’ late Friday night, but the game felt nothing like a tie for the green and white.

North Dakota let a two-goal lead with 10 minutes to go slip away, then couldn’t convert a power play in overtime, leaving the team with a bad taste in their mouths after the opener of a nonconference series in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

“Home barn, we come out in the third period with a two-goal lead and we give that up?” said junior Carter Rowney, who had two assists. “We can’t have that. It’s the second half. Every game is a playoff game right now. We let that one slip and it’s unacceptable.”

UND, which has lost just once in the last seven games, moved to 9-8-2 overall and 2-1-2 in nonconference play. Harvard, which received goals from Alex Fallstrom and Marshall Everson in the game’s final 10 minutes, moved to 4-3-4 overall.

Nick Mattson scored a pair of goals for UND, while Connor Gaarder added the first of his career and Brendan O’Donnell his fourth as the team built a 4-2 lead through two periods.

UND also held a 28-11 advantage in shots through 40 minutes, but Harvard outshot UND 7-5 in the third in completing a comeback.

UND lost first-line center Corban Knight to an injury on the second shift of the game and played short the rest of the game, but coach Dave Hakstol said he didn’t think fatigue had anything to do with the lost lead.

“I don’t think it was fatigue,” he said. “I thought we went out soft in the third period. We had three shots 15 minutes into the period. We didn’t go out and play hard in the third period. That’s what cost us the game.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, H, McNally (Kilorn), 15:13 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 2, N, Mattson (Rowney, Dickin), 1:25. 3, N, O’Donnell (Simpson, Panzarella) 1:39. 4, H, Kilorn, (Grimshaw) 2:55. 5, N, Mattson, 5:12 (sh). 6, N, Gaarder (Rowney, O’Donnell), 12:51.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, H, Fallstrom (Ford, Everson), 10:16. 8, H, Everson (Kilorn), 13:16.

SAVES: H, Michalek 8-16-5-4–33. N, Dell 1-8-5-0–14.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald