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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Rocco Grimaldi's second-period goal proved to be the game-winner as North Dakota beat Western Michigan for the second straight night 3-2 Saturday in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

For the second straight game, North Dakota took a two-goal lead and held on, thanks to a great save in the closing seconds by goalie Zane Gothberg.

Gothberg, who made 23 saves in the game, had his biggest as time was running down. He threw out his leg to block a puck while prone on the ice.

Kenney Morrison's power-play goal at 4:44 of the first period gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead.

Dillon Simpson knotted the game on the power play at 8:24 of the second period and Bryn Chyzyk broke the tie at 16:45.

Chyzyk's third goal of the season staked UND to a lead before the end of the period.

Grimaldi then provided some insurance with his sixth goal.

Johnson assisted again at 6:55 of the third period to help North Dakota take a 3-1 lead into the third period.

Goalie Frank Slubowski left after making 10 saves and giving up three goals and was replaced by Lukas Hafner, who had three stops.

Justin Kovacs pulled the Broncos within a goal late in the third period, but they got no closer.

UND reached the .500 mark, much to Hakstol's relief.

"Here we are, it's Dec. 7 and we're celebrating our first three-game win streak," Hakstol said. "We're been poor on a few nights, and nights where we've played OK. But OK doesn't get it done against the schedule we have."

North Dakota is 2-0-0 after suffering through November, its worst single month since January 1993. UND was 3-6-1 in November.