UND MEN'S HOCKEY: Sioux Get Sweep Over Bemidji St.Senior defenseman Jake Marto had a goal and two assists as top-ranked North Dakota beat Bemidji State 5-1 on Sunday and clinched a share of the McNaughton Cup, given to the regular-season champion in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Senior defenseman Jake Marto had a goal and two assists as top-ranked North Dakota beat Bemidji State 5-1 on Sunday and clinched a share of the McNaughton Cup, given to the regular-season champion in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Fighting Sioux (24-8-3, 19-6-1) scored four times in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit.
"We started a little bit slow, but we turned it up a notch in the second," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said.
Matt Frattin and Brad Malone added a goal and assist each and Corban Knight assisted on three goals against the Beavers (12-16-4, 8-14-4). Jason Gregoire and Evan Trupp also scored for North Dakota.
Frattin's 27th goal of the season put him over 100 points for his career. He came out of the penalty box and took a long pass from Marto to score on a breakaway.
Gregoire's goal extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games.
Marto's goal at 11:14 of the second period proved to be the game-winner.
"The goal that Jake scored to put us up 2-1 was a great play," Hakstol said. "He's been a real catalyst for us in many ways."
North Dakota, which is 6-0-1 over its last seven games, limited Bemidji State to just 11 shots on goal. North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell made 10 saves.
Jordan George scored the only goal for Bemidji State and Beavers goalie Dan Bakala had 18 saves.
The Fighting Sioux play two games at last-place Michigan Tech next weekend. One win or tie against the Huskies will give North Dakota the outright regular season championship. The two teams will meet again the following weekend in Grand Forks in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
North Dakota scored five goals in each of the four games against the Beavers this season. It won the previous three games by identical 5-2 scores.