- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine goalie Rob McGovern was one save better than North Dakota’s Cam Johnson Saturday, but it didn’t matter as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie in the Ice Breaker Tournament.

Maine’s Nolan Vesey opened the shootout with a goal against Johnson. McGovern stopped Austin Poganski, Brock Boeser and Chris Wilkie to earn the shootout win.

“If we play that way every single night, with that effort, we’re going to win a lot of games. But we’ve got to move on,” North Dakota coach Brad Berry said.

UND controlled play in the first period, which ended in a scoreless tie. UND (1-0-1) had 11 shots and the Black Bears only three in the first period.

Wilkie scored his first collegiate goal on the power play just 1:32 into the second period.

Maine’s Cam Brown scored his first goal of the season at 8:24 of the second period. His power-play goal knotted the score at 1-1.

And it was all goalies from that point.

Johnson made 19 saves for North Dakota. McGovern made 44 stops for the Black Bears, including 38 in the first three periods.

Berry took his second game as UND head coach in stride.

“I hate losing and I hate tying,” he said. “But when you play that way you’re not going to lose a lot of games.”

Johnson recovered in impressive fashion from Friday night’s win in which he allowed two early goals and another that was waved off.

“He wasn’t tested early (by Maine) but the last part of second and into the third period he made some key saves,” Berry said.

Maine (0-0-2) settled for its second straight tie and second straight shootout win. It skated to a 3-3 tie with Michigan State on Friday. But the Black Bears won in a shootout following a scoreless overtime when Steven Swavley scored on the Black Bears’ final shot.

North Dakota beat Lake Superior State 5-2 in the tournament opener. It fell behind 2-0 before scoring five straight goals.


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