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North Dakota beats Minn. St., Mankato 4-2

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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – North Dakota got goals from four players to beat Minnesota State, Mankato 4-2 Sunday in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game delayed a day by a winter storm.

Matt Frattin notched his WCHA-leading 17th goal for the Fighting Sioux (13-5-2, 11-3-0), who beat the Mavericks 3-2 on Friday. Sunday’s win gave North Dakota its second road sweep of the season.

North Dakota trailed 2-1 heading into the second period.

“It wasn’t a great start for us,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. “I thought it was a sloppy period, not the kind I expected. We needed more out of the guys and I think the second and third we got more out of the guys.”

Brock Nelson and Frattin linemates Brad Malone and Evan Trupp scored in the final two periods, assuring the Sioux first place at the halfway point. North Dakota has 22 points, followed by Denver and the Bulldogs two points back.

Nelson’s goal at 10:39 of the second tied it and Malone netted the game-winner four minutes later. Trupp’s goal was into an empty net with 54 seconds left.

Ben Youds and Ryan Galiardi staked the Mavericks (6-8-4, 4-8-2) to a 2-1 lead with goals in the first period.

North Dakota outshot the Mavericks 32-21. UND goalie Aaron Dell made 19 saves, while MSUM goalie Austin Lee had 28 stops.

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