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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published November 16 2013

Minnesota-Duluth earns series split against North Dakota in men's hockey

GRAND FORKS – Mark MacMillan skated around Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday night at half-speed, noticeably struggling with an undisclosed injury and without his usual offensive jump.

His teammates didn’t have nearly enough to pick him up, either.

Minnesota-Duluth grabbed a series split with a 6-3 win on Saturday over a University of North Dakota team that battled the flu during the week and didn’t appear to have an excess amount of energy during the weekend.

Adam Krause scored a pair of goals, while teammates Tony Cameranesi and Willie Raskob had three-assist nights for the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-4-1 overall and 2-2 in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play.

UND dropped to 4-5-1 and 3-5, splitting a conference series for the second week in a row.

“We didn’t play as complete a game as we needed to,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “We had to play a really intelligent, complete game. We were a little low on energy and we didn’t manage it very well.”

Hakstol pointed to the last two minutes of the first and second periods as the difference in the game.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the final 2:28 of the opening frame to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead. In the second period, UND made it a one-goal game, but Duluth scored to make it 4-2 with just 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the frame.

“We kind of made key mistakes all night, whether it was a bad penalty or bad pinches or bad plays at the offensive blue line that came back to bite us,” said UND forward Bryn Chyzyk, who scored his first goal of the season in the third period. “They were big mistakes.”

Dillon Simpson and Paul LaDue also scored for UND, which continues to search for a starting goaltender. Clarke Saunders, was yanked after allowing three goals in the opening frame. It was the third time in 10 games that UND has pulled its starting goalie this season.

It wasn’t all on the goaltender, either.

Untimely penalties and Grade-A opportunities hurt UND.

“Obviously, we have some stuff we need to work on,” LaDue said. “We had a few breakdowns and they capitalized on it.”

“I thought we needed to play a full 60 minutes and we’d have a chance to win,” Hakstol said. “I give Duluth all the credit. They made a lot of plays. But I don’t think we did everything that we needed to do tonight to give ourselves our best chance to win.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, MD, Iafallo (Basaraba, Raskob, 7:28 (pp). 2, UND, Simpson (Grimaldi, Caggiual), 10:18 (pp). 3, MD, Krause (Cameranesi, Farley), 17:32. 4, MD, Farley (Raskob, Cameranesi), 19:49 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 5, UND, LaDue (MacMillian), Murphy), 7:08. 6, MD, Spurrell (Sampair), 18:48.

THIRD PERIOD: 7, MD, Krause (Raskob, Cameranesi), 6:30. 8, UND, Chyzyk (Grimaldi, Simpson) 14:42. 9, MD, Basaraba (Iafallo), 18:58.

SAVES: UND, Saunders 10-1-8–10, Gothberg 0-7-0–7. MD, Crandall, 7-10-5–22.

Brad E. Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald