Instant Analysis: Minnesota 4, North Dakota 4

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Here are some quick thoughts from the Gophers 4-4 tie with North Dakota.

Gophers Earn Three Points

Tonight's game ended in a 4-4 tie after the Gophers scored two goals in the third period. The result means the Gophers collected three points this weekend against their rival from North Dakota, and ran their unbeaten streak to 10 games. Minnesota ends the weekend two points clear of North Dakota in the WCHA standings. The Gophers finsh the weekend atop the WCHA standings.

Gophers Make A Comeback

North Dakota scored the first two goals of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. The Gopher battled back in the second period, picking up a goal later from Sam Warning to cut the North Dakota lead to one. North Dakota went back up by two goals in the third period courtesy of Drake Caggiula. With less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period, Nick Bjugstad scored to trim UND's lead back to one. Nate Condon tied the game at four with just-under three minutes remaining in the third period. It was Condon's fifth point of the weekend. The game ended in a tie despite good opportunities for North Dakota to win the game in overtime.

Impressive Point Streaks Extended

Both The Gophers' Erik Haula and North Dakota's Corban Knight increased their splendid point streaks. Haula used an assist on Nick Bjugstad's goal to put his streak at 16 games. After missing three games with an Injury, Erik has picked right up where he left off. North Dakota forward Corban Knight moved his point streak to an amazing 19 games with a goal to give North Dakota the 2-1 lead at the time.

Parenteau Gets His First

Jake Parenteau scored his first goal of the season in the first period to tie the game at one. It came at a critical time for the Gophers after Danny Kristo had given North Dakota the lead just one minute and 11 seconds earlier. Patenteau was in the lineup as a forward this weekend, playing alongside Christian Isackson and Seth Ambroz. Mark Alt and Isackson picked up helpers on the goal. For Alt, he now has two assists in the last three games.

Goodbye For Now

The University of Minnesota and North Dakota have no more scheduled matchups. The archrivals have met on the ice 290 times with the first meeting coming in 1930. The Gophers lead the all-time series 145-130-15, with the two squads squaring off in many national tournaments. Minnesota fans will fondly remember the 1979 NCAA Championship Game when the Gophers topped UND 4-3. Perhaps it was fitting the two teams played to a tie tonight. The teams could meet in the WCHA Final Five this season or in the national tournament in the coming years, but regular battles between the bitter rivals will be missed on both sides.

Written By Minnesota Communications Intern Josh Brennock

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