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On Saturday the University of Minnesota sold more than 10,000 tickets to a hockey game. The fans in attendance got that, and also got a drama class for free.

Mark Senden shoveled a puck over the goal line in overtime as North Dakota fell behind by two goals, rallied to take a two-goal lead, saw it slip away and found a way to win 5-4 anyway.

The Gophers (4-2-0) led 2-0 in the second period, before a parade to the penalty box swung all the momentum to the visitors’ side. It started when Rhett Pitlick scored his first goal of the season for Minnesota and celebrated by tossing his stick into the crowd, drawing a 10-minute misconduct.

A short time later, North Dakota scored three goals in 1:12 to take the lead, and had a 4-2 advantage late in the second period.

But goals by Connor Kurth and Jimmy Snuggerud re-knotted the game at 4-4 before the final bit of drama.

Owen Bartoszkiewicz made his second career start in goal for the Gophers, but was pulled in the second period after 10 saves on 14 shots. Justen Close finished the game in the Minnesota net with nine saves.

For the Fighting Hawks (3-2-1), goalie Drew DeRidder was once again brilliant with 37 saves in the win.

Both teams had extended power plays in the game, as North Dakota’s Tyler Kleven was ejected for contact to the head, and Minnesota freshman forward Logan Cooley was tossed for face masking a Fighting Hawks player in the middle period.

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