- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - North Dakota freshman forward Trevor Olson scored his first two college goals to lead UND to a 3-2 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over St. Cloud State on Saturday.

Freshman Austin Pogansky assisted on both Olson goals, and freshman Johnny Simonson assisted on the first goal just 2:53 into the game.

“That line was tremendous tonight,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “They scored first goal of game against their top line. That line was good (tonight). Guys have to chip in, that happened tonight.”

The first period featured three goals in a span of just over two minutes.

Brendan O’Donnell, who also had an assist, made it 2-0 with his third goal of the season just 1:17 after Olson’s first goal. North Dakota (9-3-1, 4-2-0 NCHC) improved to 14-0-1 in games in which O’Donnell scores.

Fifty-five seconds later, however, Patrick Russell cut the lead in half for the Huskies (5-6-1, 2-3-1 NCHC).

Olson got the game-winning goal at 5:42 of the second period. The Huskies again came back on Joey Binek’s goal at 13:29, but UND goalie Zane McIntyre kept the Huskies scoreless from there. McIntyre made 11 of his 27 saves in the third period.

“I love the way we played in the third period,” Hakstol said. “We played a smart third period.”

North Dakota outshot SCSU 39-29 and won the faceoff battle 37-32. It also blocked 17 shots.

Colten St. Clair and Troy Stecher also tallied assists for UND.

“The areas we were obviously better were starting in the faceoff circle and we defended much better,” Hakstol said. “When you start with the puck a little more and you defend well and get the puck back, then take care of it, you’re going to get more scoring opportunities.”

SCSU goalie Charlie Lindgren had 36 saves for the Huskies, who are 6-2-1 in their last nine games against UND. Lindgren stopped UND on a 3-on-none break and kept SCSU within striking distance.

St. Cloud State is the defending NCHC regular season champion. UND was runner-up last season after losing three of four games to the Huskies. The teams meet again Feb. 27-28 in Grand Forks.

“I was happy with our game tonight. There was no letdown in any one area,” Hakstol said.

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