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UND beats Northern Michigan 4-1

GRAND FORKS (AP) — North Dakota scored twice on the power play in the second period to beat Northern Michigan 4-1 on Friday.

Luke Johnson scored 10 seconds into a power play and Dillon Simpson seven seconds into another as UND (8-7-2) won a season-best fourth straight game.

“We got off to a good start,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said.

UND goalie Zane Gothberg made 24 saves to notch his career-best fourth straight win.

Rocco Grimaldi and Jordan Schmaltz assisted on both power-play goals.

Mark MacMillan and Paul LaDue also had goals for UND, which outshot the Wildcats 30-25.

Darren Nowick scored a goal and goalie Mathias Dahlstrom made 26 saves for Northern Michigan (6-9-2), which is winless in its last four games.

North Dakota scored twice in four power-play opportunities and killed off all three Northern Michigan advantages.

Northern Michigan had a goal waved off in the third period that would have made it a 3-2 game with 9:30 left to play. Mitch Jones appeared to score, but the goal was waved off due to interference with the goalie.

Two minutes later, Paul LaDue scored on a wrister from the blue line.

“We did a good job limiting turnovers and playing the game we wanted to play and it paid off,” Simpson said. “We just wanted to keep momentum on our side.”

MacMillan got things started early in the first period with his first goal since Nov. 1 into a wide open net.

Johnson’s power-play goal in the second period came from an impossible angle on the goal line to the right of the net. Johnson has a team-high four power-play goals.

It was Johnson’s first game-winning goal this season. He became the eighth player with a game-winning goal in eight wins.

The game was the first between the teams since February 1997.