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St. Cloud St., North Dakota Tie 2-2

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Ben Hanowski scored two goals as St. Cloud State earned a 2-2 tie with North Dakota on Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

It was the first tie of the season for St. Cloud State (15-10-1, 12-5-1), which beat North Dakota 3-1 on Friday to earn three of four points. It also enabled the Huskies to maintain a one-point lead in the WCHA race, while UND dropped into a tie for fifth.

“We got the performance we wanted from our team, we played hard,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “Sometimes you don’t control the outcome. I was proud of our hockey team tonight. We righted our ship.”

UND outshot the Huskies 15-8 in the first period and 36-18 in the game. North Dakota had just 16 shots on goal on Friday.

Hanowski scored on the power play just 3:08 into the game but fifth-ranked North Dakota (13-8-5, 8-5-5) got the next two goals from Danny Kristo and Corban Knight to take the lead by the end of the first period. Both players finished with a goal and an assist.

UND is 1-3-2 in its last six games.

Ryan Faragher made 34 saves in nets for SCSU, including a series of stops in a scramble in the goal crease as overtime ended. He had three saves in OT.

Hakstol said he liked how UND came out after Friday’s lackluster effort to earn one point.

“There’s no need for us to be frustrated,” Hakstol said. “We were our own worst enemy yesterday. All you can do is come back and control your effort.”

UND’s Clarke Saunders had 16 stops, one in the extra session.

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