- Associated Press - Friday, February 14, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - One week after blowing a two-goal lead and losing for the first time in four years, North Dakota took a 3-0 lead and held on to beat Miami (Ohio) 3-2 on Friday.

Mark MacMillan had two goals and an assist to help UND jump into second place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

“Obviously last Saturday was not how we want to play, especially not in the third period,” MacMillan said. “We wanted to come back with a great response tonight.”

MacMillan and Michael Parks scored early to give UND a 2-0 lead after one period. MacMillan’s goal was UND’s fourth power-play goal in 39 attempts over the last 10 games.

Miami goalie Jay Williams went behind net to play the puck, but Mark MacMillan beat him to it and fed it a pass to Parks all alone in front of an open net to make it 1-0 at 12:38.

Miami was also called for a penalty on the play and MacMillan added a power-play goal at 14:09.

“We did some good things, but obviously those two goals killed us,” Miami’s Austin Czarnik said.

Miami replaced Williams in net with Ryan McKay late in the first period. Williams was yanked after giving up two goals and making six saves. Ryan McKay finished with 21 saves.

MacMillan’s second-period goal gave UND a 3-0 lead. He had some help from Miami’s Ben Paulides. After McKay stopped Drake Caggiula but lost the rebound, Paulides took the puck, spun to clear it and threw it off the stick of MacMillan and into the net at 6:04 of the second.

UND goalie Clarke Saunders made 31 saves to win for the third straight time. Saunders stopped a game-high 14 shots in the second period.

“I don’t know that he needed a bounce-back performance but we said we wanted a response from all our players,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said.

UND was outshot 33-30 but won the faceoff battle 38-28.

“I like the way we played tonight,” Hakstol said. “We took advantage of a mistake by their goaltender and that got us started in the right direction.”

Cody Murphy scored the RedHawks’ first goal at 9:07 of the second period and Sean Kuraly made it 3-2 with 29 seconds to play in the game.

Miami (10-14-3, 4-12-1) had the conference’s top two scorers - Austin Czarnik and Riley Barber - on the ice. But they were a combined 0-for-8 in shots on goal.

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