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UND ties St. Cloud State, clinches home-ice in NCHC playoffs

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The story: UND gave up a two-goal lead in the third period but managed a 2-2 tie to get a point and clinch home-ice advantage for a 16th consecutive season. Grant Mismash and Rhett Gardner scored for UND. Ryan Poehling and Jacob Benson scored for St. Cloud State. UND got the extra point by winning the three-on-three on a goal by Rhett Gardner.

Three stars: 1. Christian Wolanin, UND, two assists; 2. Jacob Benson, SCSU, game-tying goal; 3. Rhett Gardner, UND, goal.

Lineup notes: Forward Joel Janatuinen re-entered the lineup for UND after missing the last two games with an upper-body injury. UND also put Dixon Bowen back in the lineup up front and Josh Rieger on defense. UND's scratches were Ludvig Hoff, Collin Adams, Zach Yon and Andrew Peski. St. Cloud State made one change, going with Tyler Anderson on defense for Mika Ilvonen. The Huskies also did some slight line shuffling.

Updated records: UND 14-12-8 (8-10-4 NCHC), St. Cloud State 22-6-5 (16-4-3 NCHC).

Up next: UND will host Omaha in the first round of the NCHC playoffs next weekend in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

UND 2, ST. CLOUD STATE 2, TIE

First period -- 1. UND, Grant Mismash 9 (Christian Wolanin 20, Gabe Bast 10) 5:00 (pp). Penalties -- Bench minor, SCSU, too many on ice, 2:42; Ryan Poehling, SCSU, hooking, 3:52; Nick Jones, UND, indirect contact to the head elbowing, 7:58; Austin Poganski, UND, slashing, 11:39; Rhett Gardner, UND, roughing, 11:39; Luke Jaycox, SCSU, roughing, 11:39

Second period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Will Borgen, SCSU, interference, 1:55; Hayden Shaw, UND, roughing, 9:05; Ryan Poehling, SCSU, charging, 13:09; Jack Poehling, SCSU, indirect contact to the head elbowing, 17:33

Third period -- 3. SCSU, Ryan Poehling 12 (Robby Jackson 23, Jimmy Schuldt 28) 2:42 (pp); 4. SCSU, Jacob Benson 8 (Jack Ahcan 15, Blake Lizotte 17) 9:22. Penalties -- Cole Smith, UND, tripping, 2:21; Jordan Kawaguchi, UND, tripping, 7:12; Blake Lizotte, SCSU, slashing, 14:23; Wolanin, UND, holding, 14:51; Ryan Poehling, SCSU, embellishment, 14:51

Overtime -- No scoring. Penalties -- Borgen, SCSU, cross-checking, 4:22

Goalie saves -- UND: Cam Johnson 8-6-8-1 -- 23; SCSU: David Hrenak 10-10-7-2 -- 29

Penalties-minutes -- UND 7-14, SCSU 9-18

Power plays -- UND 2-7, SCSU 1-5

Attendance -- 11,093

Referees -- Joe Sullivan and Ryan Hersey

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