- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Nick Saracino scored twice, including the game-tying goal with 38 seconds left, as Providence rallied to tie North Dakota 2-2 in men’s college hockey on Saturday.

Saracino scored both goals for fifth-ranked Providence (1-2-1), which stopped the four-game win streak by third-ranked North Dakota (4-1-1).

Saracino redirected a shot past UND goal Zane McIntyre while the Friars skated with an extra attacker in the closing seconds.

“At the end of the day it’s disappointing and feels like a negative when you give up that last goal and end up in a tie,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “But as we step away from this, two hard-fought games, a series win and our team got a little bit better.”

UND goalie Zane McIntyre made 31 saves as North Dakota improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games. McIntyre allowed two goals or less in five straight games.

The UND goalie didn’t have a chance on Saracino’s tying goal. Saracino camped in front of the goal and got a stick on Jake Walman’s shot from the point. The puck went high into the top right corner of the net.

“That’s a bounce of the puck right there,” Hakstol said. “There’s other things in last couple of minutes we need to get a little bit better at.”

Luke Johnson and Austin Poganski scored goals for UND, which hasn’t lost since the first game of the season. But it did not score a special team goal while killing seven Providence power plays.

Saracino scored on the power play for Providence in the first period, ending a streak of 19 straight scoreless power plays to start the season.

Providence goalie Jon Gillies made 25 saves. He gave up a first-period goal to Luke Johnson.

Johnson was tangled deep in the Providence zone when he swiped the puck past Gillies.

Saracino tied it at 18:00 of the first period. Saracino swiped at a puck that bounced off the boards behind the net and it fluttered past McIntyre to tie the game.

Poganski scored his first career goal on a backhander at 8:15 of the second period to break the tie. Bryn Chyzyk took the puck and center ice and raced around the defense toward the Providence net. As he closed in, Chyzyk fed the puck through the crease to Poganski for the go-ahead goal.

It stayed that way until Saracino tied it.

“Overall, I would call it call what it was, just a real hard battle,” Hakstol said. “I was happy with our readiness and our compete level.”

UND played without senior forward Mark MacMillan, who had surgery on a wristed that was injured in the second period of Friday’s game. MacMillan, who had seven points in the series preceding Friday’s game, will be out indefinitely.

He leads all active UND skaters in goals (35), assists (46) and points (81).



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