Chris VandeVelde's short-handed goal with 8.6 seconds remaining gave No. 13 North Dakota a 4-3 comeback victory over No. 13 Minnesota State, Mankato Saturday.
North Dakota scored three third-period power play goals before VandeVelde scored his unassisted goal.
It was the first win of the year for the Sioux (1-3-0, 1-1-0 in WCHA.) and the first loss of the season for the Mavericks (3-1-0, 1-1-0).
Mankato led 2-0 on goals by Jason Wiley and Trevor Bruess, and goaltender Mike Zacharias looked to be well on his way to a shutout by the midway point of the third period.
But the Sioux stormed back with a pair of power-play goals 69 seconds apart from seniors Andrew Kozek and Ryan Duncan. Then, at 14:42, Ryan Martens gave UND the lead for the first time in the game with another power-play goal.
That lead lasted just 36 seconds, as Bruess tied the game with a rocket shot from the slot.
Duncan was called for a penalty with 18:34 remaining in the game, and the Mavericks were trying for a game-winning power-play goal when VandeVelde got the puck. Instead of clearing it, he went in on net and pushed the puck past Zacharias for the winner.
In Friday's game, Minnesota State scored three short-handed goals in a 5-1 win.
Zacharias finished with 37 saves. Sioux freshman goalie Brad Eidsness got his first win of the season with 25 saves.
MSU finally scores with the man advantage on a pretty, tic-tac-toe play from Mick Berge to Kael Mouillierat to Trevor Bruess at the left post at 9:31 to go up 2-0. Berge had an assist taken away from him last nght, so this was No. 6, equalling last year's total.
The Mavs thought they had a 3-0 lead at 13:51, but the review showed that a man was in the crease and hit Eidsness before the puck went in. Looked like probably the right call. Of course, the 5,000 strong her at Alltel Center didn't think so.
MSU killed off five penalties in the period, and Zacharias stopped 12 shots.
The Mavericks scored at 1:31 on a pretty play from Andy Sackrison to Jason Wiley. Sackrison carried the puck all the way down to the goal line, spun around and backhanded a soft pass over to his linemate for an easy tap-in goal.
The Mavericks failed to score on two 5x3 power-plays, including a full 2-minute one. They also killed off a 5x3. Nine penalties were called in the period.
The Sioux outshot the Mavericks 14-9, with Mike Zacharias playing steady as usual.
Ch-ch-ch-ch changes ...
The Mavericks made a couple of lineup changes, taking out freshman forward Tyler Thompson and putting in Adam Mueller. On defense, freshman Cameron Cooper will play for the first time this season, taking the spot of junior Nick Canzanello, who struggled.
The Sioux also made some changes, starting with their uniforms. Last night they wore green; tonight they have on the blacks. (How many teams bring two sets of uniforms on road trips?) Freshman Brad Eidsness will go in goal. Up front, freshman Mario Lamoureux and senior Brad Miller are in for Matt Watkins (UND's lone goal scorer last night) and David Toews.
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