Roundup: North Dakota Rallies to Prevent Union Sweep
CHN Staff Report
Union came close to a sweep at vaunted Ralph Engelstad Arena, but a late goal by North Dakota salvaged a tie out of the weekend series.
Union, which started the year 0-5, is now 8-6-1 on the season.
Junior wing Shane Gersich jammed in a rebound off a Rhett Gardner shot at 15:42 of the third period to pull out the tie for North Dakota. UND outshot Union 4-0 in the scoreless 5-minute overtime, but nobody scored.
Union had scored twice in 22 seconds to start the third period to take a 2-1 lead. Junior center Brett Supinski darted around UND goalie Peter Thome to slip in a backhander at 1:56 of the third period to knot it at 1-1. Just 22 seconds later, senior left wing Ryan Scarfo scored his 7th goal of the season on a loose puck that came to him off a blocked shot at 2:18.
But just as it appeared a Union sweep might be coming, Gersich drove to the net hard to drive in his fifth goal of the season.
It was a much better performance for North Dakota, coach Brad Berry said, than Friday's loss that featured a lackluster first period for the Hawks.
Even Union's salvo of two quick goals didn't deflate UND this night.
Berry called a time out at that point and had this message for his team. "Hey, we've come too far," he said. "We did a lot of good things this game. Let's not let down. Sometimes momentum goes in a game, up and down, and you can't get too high, too low. And you know what? You can't get those goals back, but we can try to get the next one."
Thome wasn't rattled by the two quick goals, either. The fresman from Minneapolis made back-to-back huge saves on Anthony Rinaldi and Sebastian Vidmar on a Union power play shortly after the two goals, setting the stage for North Dakota's rally.
"You've got to have that mentality that when you get knocked down, you got to get back up again," Berry said. "That's one of the things we learned this weekend. We got back up to try to get the tie — and we did."
Berry had lots of praise for Union.
"That's a great team (Union) over there," Berry said. "They're hard, they're heavy. Not a lot of room out there. They're going to win a lot of games in their conference."
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Miami and Bowling Green skated to a 2-2 tie, with the Red Hawks winning the non-league intra-state battle following Friday's 6-3 win.
Saturday's game was a tighter affair, and after a penalty shot goal for the Falcons, Miami scratched out a pair of goals to take the lead, the latter coming on the power play in the third period. But Bowling Green also showed some grit in getting the tying goal with the extra attacker on and just 38 seconds remaining in regulation.
“We knew they were going to push back,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said. “I thought we got our legs in the second and played pretty well and the third period was back and forth. Anytime you go on the road in a hostile environment and pick up a win and a tie, you’ll take that.”
Bowling Green coach Chris Bergeron said Miami's second-period comeback was more about Miami playing well than anything his team did wrong.
"Much happier with our effort (than Friday)," Bergeron said. "I thought our guys responded with a strong effort after a poor one. The message on Monday is going to be that we have to stop doing that, putting ourselves in position where we have to respond."
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Arizona State captured its first series win of the season behind a 3-3 tie against Holy Cross. It was the first series won by the Devils (3-8-3) since December of 2016.
After a 1-0 and 3-1 deficit, ASU rallied to tie the game on both occasions.
"I'm really proud of our guys," head coach Greg Powers said. "I thought we didn't play an undisciplined game, but we found ourselves on the kill quite a lot and our kill was unreal. We battled through a ton of adversity. We know that's a really good team with a lot of upperclassmen leadership, so we knew how hard they were going to come out tonight, and they did.
"We found a way to match it over the course of 60 minutes, and we completely dominated the overtime and put our foot on the gas, but couldn't find the one to put us ahead for good."