- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Austin Poganski scored on a rare penalty shot in overtime to give North Dakota a 2-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over Minnesota Duluth on Friday.

Poganski was taken down from behind by Carson Soucy on a breakaway moments after UND killed off a Bulldogs power play to start overtime.

He scored the game-winner on a backhander over the stick shoulder of Bulldogs goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo at 3:19 of overtime.

“That was quiet a surprise,” Poganski said of the penalty shot. “I knew I had a step or two on the defenseman. I was a little surprised, but that’s how it goes.”

UND coach Brad Berry said the call was the right one considering Poganski was skating in alone.

“When you slide under a guy going to the net with a scoring opportunity, that’s an NHL call,” Berry said. “The refs made an NHL call and that’s the right call.”

North Dakota killed off a UMD power play to start overtime. Luke Johnson went to the box for slashing after time had run out in regulation, putting the Hawks in a tight spot immediately.

“Anytime you take a penalty like that . now you go overtime and kill a penalty that’s tough. It’s a hard-fought battle both ways and you can’t lose your emotion and take a penalty like that,” Berry said.

UMD’s only goal came on the power play by Dominic Toninato in the first period.

Toninato camped in front of the net and UND defenseman Troy Stecher and redirected a shot by Alex Iaffalo at the point to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at 15:49. The goal snapped a streak of 20 straight penalty kills by UND.

Coltyn Sanderson tied the game at 9:05 of the second period. The Bulldogs’ Cal Decowski’s shot on the UND goal was wide and the puck bounced all the way back to center ice where Sanderson grabbed in and skated in alone on Kaskisuo.

Kaskisuo made 23 saves for the Bulldogs (11-13-5, 7-9-3-1), who outshot the Fighting Hawks 33-25.

Cam Johnson made 32 stops for North Dakota (23-5-3, 14-4-1-1), which clinched home ice for the first round of the postseason for the 13th straight year.

UND remains locked in a first-place tie with St. Cloud State in the NCHC. Both teams have 44 points.

It was the fourth time in five games that UND had scored two or fewer goals.


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