Round one to UND: FIghting Sioux defeat U, 4-2

North Dakota entered Friday's game with the Gophers undefeated when it scored the first goal of the game this season. So when the Fighting Sioux went up 1-0 in the first period, it must have been a sign of things to come, much to the dismay of Gophers fans.

North Dakota overcame a one-goal third-period deficit to go on to defeat Minnesota 4-2 in WCHA action Friday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis before a crowd of 10,327.

No. 1 North Dakota improved to 18-2-2 and 12-1-2 in the WCHA while Minnesota fell to 13-9-3 and 8-8-1 in the WCHA. The loss was the first in nine games for the Gophers, who are now 6-1-2 in that span. The two teams play again Saturday at Mariucci Arena at 7:05 p.m.

North Dakota opened the scoring at 8:03 of the first period on Zach Parise's 11th goal of the season before the Gophers scored the next two goals. The Gophers tied the game with a power play goal by Grant Potulny at 17:44 of the first period. Potulny's goal came on a two-man advantage. Thomas Vanek gave the Gophers a 2-1 lead at 6:20 of the second period. He took a pass from Jake Fleming off the corner of the crease to beat UND goalie Jake Brandt for his 18th goal of the season.

Trailing 2-1 in the final period, UND got power-play goals from Brandon Bochenski and Chris Porter, and an empty-net goal from Mike Prpich. The victory extended North Dakota's unbeaten streak to 14 games (12-0-2.

With 36.8 seconds remaining in the first period, North Dakota goalie Jake Brandt called over the officials and pointed out a two-foot wide hole in the ice behind his net. The teams were sent to their locker rooms and the game was delayed for 51 minutes while arena workers fixed the spot.

The score was tied 1-1 before the delay. The Gophers had an apparent goal waved off five minutes into the game when Brandt scrambled to make a save on a Barry Tallackson shot, knocking the puck into the net as he rolled over. The official, Bill Vollbrecht, ruled he blew the whistle before the puck went in the net, much to the dismay of the hometown Gophers fans.

Brandt finished with 31 saves for the Sioux. Kellen Briggs had 21 saves for Minnesota, including stopping Porter on a 3-on-0 breakaway.

Vanek had a goal and an assist for the Golden Gophers.

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