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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published November 17 2012

North Dakota tops Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 in overtime

GRAND FORKS – Dave Hakstol answered questions for the last three weeks about his team not being able to win on Saturday nights this season.

“We don’t have to hear that question anymore, right?” he said with a laugh.

Nope, not anymore.

Danny Kristo set up Mark MacMillan for both the game-tying and game-winning goals as the University of North Dakota overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 in overtime Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

It marked the first overtime win at home for UND since the end of the 2009 season and it helped the home team come away with three points on the weekend.

“I’m proud of the guys,” said Kristo, who had a goal and two assists. “Huge win. I heard it’s our first OT win here in a couple years. That’s my first one, so that feels pretty good.”

On the winning goal, Kristo beat a Duluth defender to the puck on the halfwall and carried it to the left circle. He made a move to get around a defender before shoveling the puck to MacMillan standing in the right circle. MacMillan blasted a one-timer into the open side of the net to bring the 11,918 fans out of their seats to celebrate the win.

“Originally, I looked shot,” Kristo said. “I saw Mark out of the corner of my eye and he was opened up for a one-timer. I just tried to make a good pass and it went through and he buried it.”

For UND, it extended an impressive streak at home of 27 consecutive weekends with at least one victory that dates back to the 2009-10 season. UND improved to 5-3-2 overall and 3-1-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, UMD, Hendrickson (DeLisle, Flaherty), 2:51. 2, UND, Kristo (Simpson, Knight), 3:04. 3, UMD, Seidel (Casto, Cameranesi), 3:37. 5, UMD, Cameranesi (Bergman, Seidel), 14:27 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 5, UND, Forbort (MacMillan, Gaarder), 6:38 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 6, UND, MacMillan (Kristo, Knight), 5:53.

OVERTIME: 7, UND, MacMillan (Kristo), 4:26.

SAVES: UMD, McNeely 13-8-5-0–26. UND, Gothberg 9-2-13-4–28.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald