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John Stennes / Forum News Service UND's Brendan O'Donnell (21) is checked off his skates by Brock Maschmeyer (14) of Northern Michigan in the second period of Saturday night’s game in Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS (AP) — North Dakota winger Drake Caggiula picked the right night to score his first goal in more than a month.

Caggiula’s fifth goal of the season — his first since Nov. 10 — with 5:48 left was the game-winner as North Dakota came from behind to beat Northern Michigan 3-1 on Saturday in men’s college hockey.

North Dakota (9-7-2) scored three times in the last 10:35 to sweep the weekend series and extended its winning streak to a season-high five games. North Dakota won the opener 4-1 on Friday.

“It was a hard-fought game,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. “I didn’t think we were all that sharp in the first 10 minutes. I think both teams were waiting for someone to take it over.”

Wildcats goalie Mathias Dahlstrom controlled the first two and a half periods. He finished with 28 saves.

North Dakota had the first chance of the game when Reed Seckel was sent off for five minutes for kneeing.

After allowing only a couple of shots during penalty kill, Northern Michigan (6-10-2) came right back to score a power-play goal of its own. Shane Sooth set up between faceoff circles and one-timed a feed from the goal line past North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg at 15:20 of the first period.

“I thought we were a little bit slow on the power play, just not getting to puck,” Luke Johnson said of the first period. “We just have to chip pucks in deep and go to work.”

But North Dakota had trouble establishing a flow of any kind, especially in the second period as a procession of players headed to the penalty box, keeping North Dakota from creating any flow on offense.

Through two periods, North Dakota outshot the Wildcats 17-11.

North Dakota finally tied the game at 10:35 of the third period on Gage Ausmus’ goal.

The defenseman took a cross-ice feed from Michael Parks through the crease and one-timed it past Dahlstrom as he crossed back in front of the net.

“We needed somebody to make a play, and Michael Parks and Gage Ausmus made a play,” Hakstol said. “Ultimately, that’s what it comes down to.”

Caggiula snapped the tie when he took a feed from behind the net coming down the slot and beat Dahlstrom.

Derek Rodwell added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.

“They’re definitely a tough team to play against but we stuck together and found a way to win in the third,” Rodwell said. “

Gothberg stopped 13 shots to extend his career-best win streak to five games.