GameCenter final: UND 4, Minnesota Duluth 2

Feb. 24—GRAND FORKS — Dylan James scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and give UND a 4-2 win and a regular-season sweep of Minnesota Duluth. Jackson Blake added two assists for a seven-point weekend. Jayden Perron and Jackson Kunz also scored for the Fighting Hawks.

First star: Dylan James, UND, 2 goals

Second star: Jackson Blake, UND, 2 assists

Third star: Aiden Dubinsky, Duluth, 1 goal, 2 points.

UND 1, Minnesota Duluth 0 — Jayden Perron 10 (Jackson Blake, Jake Livanavage) 17:02 (pp). UND converts its third power-play chance of the night. Blake gets the puck on the right flank and launches a shot that gets blocked. Minnesota Duluth defenseman Riley Bodnarchuk attempts to clear it but the puck hops over his stick and Perron swats it in. It's the second-straight game with a goal for Perron and the sixth point of the weekend for Blake.

UND 2, Minnesota Duluth 0 — Jackson Kunz 5 (Jackson Blake, Bennett Zmolek) 5:20. Blake flies up the right wing and goes through Minnesota Duluth defenseman Aaron Pionk to get space, then spots Kunz cutting down the center lane. Blake puts the pass on Kunz's tape and the Grand Forks native finishes it. It's Point No. 7 for Blake this weekend.

UND 2, Minnesota Duluth 1 — Aiden Dubinsky 2 (Aaron Pionk, Luke Loheit) 7:29. The Bulldogs answer just 2:09 after the Kunz goal. Dubinsky launches a point shot with tons of traffic in front. UND goalie Ludvig Persson gets a piece of it, but not enough and it just trickles across the line. It ends Persson's scoreless streak against the Bulldogs at 152:45.

UND 2, Minnesota Duluth 2 — Jack Smith 3 (Aiden Dubinsky, Joey Pierce) 10:51. Minnesota Duluth ties it up when Dubinsky launches a point shot that Smith tips from the high slot. After not scoring on UND for 152:45, the Bulldogs suddenly get two in 3:22.

UND 3, Minnesota Duluth 2 — Dylan James 7 (Keaton Pehrson, Garrett Pyke) 4:14. James takes the puck up the right side, turns on the jets and beats Minnesota Duluth defenseman Joey Pierce wide. James gets to the crease, walks it across the top and deposits it for his seventh of the season.

UND 4, Minnesota Duluth 2 — Dylan James 8 (Owen McLaughlin) 17:43. McLaughlin has the puck in the defensive zone and flips it to the neutral zone, where James turns on the jets again, picks up the puck, goes on a breakaway and scores on the short side.


18 Jayden Perron—14 Cameron Berg—17 Riese Gaber

29 Jackson Kunz—22 Owen McLaughlin—9 Jackson Blake

26 Dylan James—8 Jake Schmaltz—27 Louis Jamernik V

13 Carson Albrecht—11 Griffin Ness—21 Ben Strinden


7 Garrett Pyke—25 Abram Wiebe

4 Jake Livanavage—20 Keaton Pehrson

6 Logan Britt—2 Bennett Zmolek

15 Nate Benoit


32 Ludvig Persson

30 Hobie Hedquist

1 Kaleb Johnson

Not in lineup: F Hunter Johannes (lower body), F Dane Montgomery, D Tanner Komzak


6 Ben Steeves—34 Matthew Perkins—16 Luke Loheit

15 Quinn Olson—33 Carter Loney—24 Kyle Bettens

26 Anthony Menghini—12 Jack Smith—27 Blake Biondi

22 Kyler Kleven—21 Braden Fischer—37 Luke Johnson


8 Aaron Pionk—2 Darian Gotz

20 Owen Gallatin—28 Aiden Dubinsky

38 Luke Bast—18 Joey Pierce

19 Riley Bodnarchuk


36 Matthew Thiessen

35 Zach Stejskal

31 Zach Sandy

Not in lineup: F Dominic James (shoulder), F Connor McMenamin (undisclosed), F Cole Spicer (ineligible), D Will Francis (cancer treatment)

Referees — Ryan Hersey and Anthony Vikhter

Linesmen — Tyler Liffrig and Kyle Stephens

Supervisor — Mike Schmitt

Hunter Johannes remains out of the lineup for a ninth-straight game with a lower-body injury. His return is likely for next weekend against Western Michigan. . . UND has no lineup changes. . . Minnesota Duluth shuffled all four of its lines. The Bulldogs moved Luke Loheit to wing and Carter Loney to center. Kyler Kleven and Luke Johnson flipped wings and joined on the fourth line. Top-scorer Ben Steeves is placed with speedy center Matthew Perkins and Loheit. . . UND is 7-1 in the last eight against the Bulldogs. . . The Fighting Hawks hold a three-point lead over St. Cloud State atop the NCHC standings with five games to go (including Saturday).