North Dakota Storms Back To Beat Minnesota 6-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mario Lamoureux scored twice during a five-goal third period for North Dakota, and the Fighting Sioux snapped back to stun Minnesota 6-3 Friday in the WCHA semifinals.

Michael Parks and Brock Nelson scored 30 seconds apart to tie the game, and Corban Knight also got a goal to give North Dakota (24-12-3) all it needed for a spot in Saturday’s championship game against Denver. UND has won the last two Broadmoor Trophies.

Defenseman Derek Forbort put the Fighting Sioux on the board after Minnesota (26-13-1) took a 3-0 lead on goals by Kyle Rau, Erik Haula and Zach Budish. But after Forbort’s slap shot went in with 5:09 left in the second period, the Gophers were outshot 20-3 the rest of the game.

Minnesota, the WCHA regular season champion, fell to 18-2 when taking a lead into the final frame.

Perhaps the WCHA’s premier rivalry — and there are many in this 12-team, 60-year-old league — the Gophers and the Sioux won’t be in the same conference in two seasons when Minnesota bolts for the Big Ten and North Dakota joins the National College Hockey Conference. Both leagues begin play in the 2013-14 season.

The energetic crowd, split almost evenly between the two fan bases, traded “Let’s go Gophers!” and “Let’s go Sioux!” chants throughout the night. If this was the last big game between these teams as WCHA members, it was quite the show.

Lamoureux took a holding penalty in the first period, and Rau knocked in a pass from Haula in front of the net as he tripped and fell forward just 17 seconds into that power play. The Gophers needed only 5 seconds of a power play in the second period after Ben Blood was called for charging, when Haula scored to make it 2-0. Budish’s redirection at the midpoint of the second period stretched the lead to three.

It looked like a rout. But seconds after UND coach Dave Hakstol called timeout, Forbort scored. In the third period, his wraparound shot with 14:29 left glanced off the skate of Parks to cut the lead to one. Nelson corralled an airborne puck, controlled it with the shaft of his stick like he was playing hacky sack and set it on the ice for a backhander that zipped past Gophers goalie Kent Patterson to tie the game.

This was a season high for Patterson in goals allowed.

After Lamoureux’s second score, the Gophers fans quickly headed up the stairs for the exits.

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  • ipmutt

    This team like so many previous hockey teams and most MN Gophers mens and womens majir sports, lacks drive and character. For sure this stems from Maturi. It also comes from UofM Senior management. It speaks very clearly for Uof M as an institution. The Uof M has not mattered in any major way for 30-40 years and the big driver for that is state politics.

  • g dog

    Although this team has some talent – they lack the real grit and determination needed to be a championship team.
    Like all other Pro-and major university minnesota sports, the only thing that matters is donations, advertising & money.
    The Minnesota sports scene has become warmed over and complacent.
    Getting close, has become good enough

  • Kyle

    Funny – remember when we chased Doug out for whatever and he was putting better energy and talent on the ice? Sure ya do – and this stuff now is acceptable as good enough.
    And as for the fans – hell, they worse than the results. If you not willing to hang in there stay home. Stay away … you pathetic sniveling brats
    Makes me realize just how far ahead the WI program is. And the student body too

  • Kyle

    BTW – you get how many dollars for your stadiums in this metro folks??? How many???
    And yet you demand nothing in return….Purple, sail away you thugs

  • Whitey Fjord

    GO SIOUX SIOUX!!!!!!

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