University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Golden Eagles Nikolai Rajala (Fresh-Coleraine) scored with 17 seconds left in regulation to tie the University of North Dakota (UND) 6-6 and send their game to extension. No one scored in the five minutes of overtime and then there was a shootout. Each team missed a shootout, then Fighting Hawks Phillip Buque managed to get one through UMC goalie Braden Schmitz (Fresh-Devils Lake, ND) and UMC had one last chance, already a scorer of two goals, Rajala and he was stopped and UND comes with the 7-6 victory and a weekend split in an exciting at Crookston Sports Center. The Golden Eagles dominated, passing UND 48-33 in the game and Fighting Hawks goalie Lee Troje made 39 saves in the game and stopped both UMC shootout attempts! The Golden Eagles were given 10 penalties in the game and UND hit back with a 4 for 9 power play while UMC had just two power play chances and buried them both. Tyler Zahradka (Soph-Grand Forks, ND) continued with two more goals today and five for the weekend and a total of seven this season. His teammates Rajala with two goals and Logan Syrup (Fresh-Park River, ND) collected two assists to total 18 points for the three in the two games this weekend !!
UND scored the first three goals in just over 10 minutes into the game, but the Golden Eagles remained calm and focused and came back with three of their own by Zahradka, Rajala and Syrup. UMC took a 5-3 lead just over two minutes into the second period with Dylan Neubauer (Fresh-Thompson (ND) scoring his first collegiate goal and Zahradka adding another, but UND scored and UMC’s lead was 5-4 after two periods. UND scored two power-play goals in the first half of the final period, before Rajala’s exploits with 17 seconds left to tie it at 6-6. UMC outscored UND 4-2 in overtime but no one scored and they went to the shootout. drops to 2-2 on the season and will be in Minnesota State-Mankato for a pair of games next Friday and Saturday at odd times Friday night at 10:00 p.m. and back at 9:00 a.m. the next morning and Saturday’s game will be at Owatonna! The University of North Dakota is 1-3 this season.

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total
North Dakota 3 1 2 0 1 seven
Minnesota crookston 3 2 1 0 0 6

1st period
17:43 – UND – Grant McDonald (Phillip Buque, Carter Anderson) (PP)
14:28 – UND – Donavon Randall (Carter Anderson)
10:34 – UND – Lucas Russell (Nolan Larson)
9:53 am – UMC – Tyler Zahradka (6) (Sam Baxter, Dylan Neubauer)
6:53 – UMC – Logan Syrup (1) (Nikolai Rajala, Casey Kallock) (PP)
1:29 – UMC – Nikolai Rajala (2) (Jackson Fuller, Casey Kallock) (PP)

2nD Period
6:41 p.m. – UMC – Dylan Neubauer (1) (Casey Kallock)
5:47 p.m. – UMC – Tyler Zahradka (7) (Nikolai Rajala, Logan Syrup)
13:57 – UND – Grant McDonald (Donavon Randall) (PP)

3rd period
19:44 – UND – Matt Akemann unassisted (PP)
10:38 – UND – Sothio Suzue-Pan (Donavan Randall) (PP)
0:17 – UMC – Nikolai Rajala (3) (Tyler Zahradka, Logan Syrup)

Over time
No score

UND Sothio Pan-Suzue’s failed attempt
UMC Tyler Zahradka’s failed attempt
Attempt by Phillip Buque of UND MADE
Unsuccessful attempt by UMC’s Nikolai Rajala

Checked in 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Leo Troje – UND 11 18 6 4 39
Sean O’Connor – UMC 8 X X X 8
Braden Schmitz – UMC X 6 9 2 17

Catherine J. Martinez