GRAND FORKS, N.D.-The Northern Michigan Hockey team led until the 10:35 mark in the third period when North Dakota scored three late goals to take a 3-1 win over the Wildcats to cap the series at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Saturday.
The loss drops Northern Michigan to 6-10-2 on the season while North Dakota improves to 9-7-2 overall.
Freshman forward Shane Sooth scored a power play goal just 4:40 into the game on a feed from Ryan Daugherty and Mitch Jones to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage.
Northern Michigan would hold that advantage until Gage Ausmus evened the score at 1-1 with just 9:25 left in the game. Drake Caggiula then took a 2-1 lead for the Sioux at the 14:12 mark of the third. UND's Derek Rodwell scored an empty net goal with just 35 seconds remaining in the game to set the final tally.
"I was really happy with the game we played tonight. In the first two periods we played as well we had in a long time. They came at us hard in the third and we gave up some goals," said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. "We had some new guys in the lineup that made some good plays for us. Its good to see those guys in the lineup and they will give us some decisions to make moving forward."
Freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom made 28 saves in goal for the Wildcats while Zane Gothberg made 13 for the Sioux.
North Dakota outshot the Wildcats 31-14 including taking 14 shots in the third period. The Wildcats had five penalties called against them for a total of 13 minutes in the penalty box. The Sioux were whistled for eight infractions spending 24 minutes in the box. NMU was 1-5 on the power play while North Dakota was 0-2.
The Wildcats return to action at Bemidji State on January 3. Puck drop is set for 8:37 p.m. Eastern.