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Published March 21, 2010, 01:15 PM

Sioux rally for WCHA Final Five title

Down 2-0 in first minute, UND beats St. Cloud State 5-3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - North Dakota got a trio of power-play goals on Saturday, overcoming an early deficit to defeat St. Cloud State 5-3 in the WCHA Final Five championship game.

Trailing 2-0 just 55 seconds into the game, the Fighting Sioux got first-period goals by Corban Knight and Brad Malone to tie the game. Danny Kristo and Chris VandeVelde scored in the second to give the Sioux (25-12-5) the lead, and goaltender Brad Eidsness made 29 saves for the win.

The Huskies (23-13-5) got goals from Garrett Raboin and David Eddy in the opening minute, and Eddy scored again later to make it 4-3, but they fell victim to one of the hottest teams in college hockey. North Dakota will enter the NCAA playoffs having won 12 of its last 13 games.

Matt Frattin scored an empty-net goal in the final minute for North Dakota, which won the WCHA's playoff title for the first time since 2006. North Dakota forward Evan Trupp, who had three goals and three assists in the tournament, was named the most valuable player.