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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published November 10 2012

St. Cloud State salvages split with UND

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Stephane Pattyn stood on the side of the net with the puck, looking at a wide open net.

“I thought I got a good piece of it,” said Pattyn, who snapped the shot and started raising his hands to celebrate a goal.

Then, Ryan Faragher made what may be the save of the year in college hockey. The St. Cloud State goalie reached back in a desperation move and somehow batted the puck out of the air with the end of his stick to keep the game scoreless early in the first.

The video review that followed didn’t go the University of North Dakota’s way and not much else did during Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to St. Cloud State in the National Hockey Center.

Drew LeBlanc scored two goals, Joe Rehkamp had a career-high three assists and the Huskies managed to get a series split in front of 5,201 fans. It ended St. Cloud State’s 10-game Saturday night losing streak against UND in this building.

Drake Caggiula and Dillon Simpson scored for UND, which dropped to 4-3-1 overall and 0-3-1 on Saturday nights this season.

“We had a good first period, I thought,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “We just got away from our game. We didn’t reestablish our game in the last 35 minutes of the hockey game and that’s the bottom line.

“I thought we got stretched out. Instead of supporting the puck with a short passing game, we got stretched out. We turned a lot of pucks over at the defensive blue line and we were one-and-done in a lot of situations. That’s not the way we’re going to be successful and it hasn’t been.”

UND managed just 24 shots on goal, which ties the program’s lowest shot total since Dec. 3 of last season. It didn’t help that UND had just one power play each night.

“Guys were working hard, but we didn’t execute well enough,” Simpson said. “It’s almost like a broken record. We need to learn how to close out games on Saturday and we’re just not doing it right now.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, UND, Caqqiula (Chyzyk, Mattson), 11:18. 2, STC, Brodzinski (LeBlanc), 12:19.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, LeBlanc (Rehkamp, Dowd), 4:59. 4, STC, LeBlanc (Morley, Dowd), 12:23, (pp). 5, UND, Simpson (Knight, Kristo), 17:23.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, STC, Milan (Rehkamp, Holka), 6:23. 7, STC, Murray (Grabel, Rehkamp), 17:04.

SAVES: UND, Saunders 10-14-8 32. STC, Faragher 10-4-8 22.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald