Dave Hakstol’s postgame comments:
General statement: "The outcome and the way the game went might have been similar (to Friday), but our play was much different. I thought we were much more responsible with the puck. We made very good decisions with the puck in all three zones, which we didn’t do (Friday). We had one issue tonight: We took some selfish penalties at bad times. Under some tough circumstances, this team regained composure and played an outstanding third period. For that, I’m proud of the way the team was able to do that. That comes from leadership inside of the locker room — the captains. They were able to put that back together, and go out and execute the things it takes to win a hockey game."
On UND’s 5-on-3 kill during the third period while UND was up by just one goal. Both T.J. Oshie and Brian Lee had big shot blocks during the kill: "It was huge. We did an excellent job killing that 5-on-3. We battled, competed, kept pucks to the outside. I don’t know how many shots on goal they had, but we gave up shots that Anthony had a good opportunity to stop.
On the frustration of giving up 3-0 leads on both nights: "I wasn’t really frustrated, I was upset. We showed some selfishness to allow Mankato the chance to get back in the game. That’s something that needs to be corrected. There has to be a mental correction there, and that’s where hockey sense has to come into play.
On Anthony Grieco’s performance: "Other than some of his rebound control, he had a pretty solid night again. I know there’s one off a rebound that he’d like to have back and possibly the second goal of the game that Hanson scored. But other than that, there was a ton of traffic and some odd bounces around our goal crease tonight."
On the success of the power play: "Both nights our power play played a key role in the victory. What I liked about our power play tonight was that it wasn’t just one unit. Both units produced. It didn’t matter which unit we put out there. They were on.
On what the team is feeling like walking out of Mankato: "Two crazy games, but it’s four points on the road and that’s tough to come by in the WCHA, so it’s a good feeling. We’ll walk out of here with the four points, and as crazy as these games were, we got better this weekend. Now, we move on to next week and get back to work."
1-0 UND — Andrew Kozek (Joe Finley, Brian Lee) 1:44. Kozek’s wrist shot from the top of the left circle beat Mankato goalie Dan Tormey high to the glove side.
2-0 UND — Ryan Duncan (Chay Genoway, Brian Lee) 3:09 (pp). Genoway’s shot from the point hit the post and Duncan cleaned up the rebound.
3-0 UND — Ryan Duncan (T.J. Oshie, Brian Lee) 13:41 (pp). Oshie found a loose puck in the slot and made a terrific pass to Duncan, who was stationed at the bottom of the right circle.
3-1 UND — Mick Berge (Kael Mouillierat, Travis Morin) 3:48 (pp). Berge pushed a centering pass by Mouillierat past UND goalie Anthony Grieco.
3-2 UND — Joel Hanson (Trevor Bruess, Zach Harrison) 7:09. Hanson collected the puck along the left boards, skated into the circle and beat Grieco high to the stick side.
3-3 — Travis Morin (Trevor Bruess) 9:46 (sh). The puck skipped over Taylor Chorney’s stick at the blue line and Morin took the puck on a clean break away and scored high to the glove side.
4-3 UND — Andrew Kozek (Chay Genoway, Ryan Martens) 9:59 (pp). Kozek fired a wrist shot high to the stick side of Tormey to break the tie.
4-4 — Kael Mouillierat (Blake Friesen, Steve Wagner) 12:27 (pp). Mouillierat buried a rebound of Friesen’s shot, which hit the post.
5-4 UND — Kyle Radke (Ryan Martens, Michael Forney) 14:35 (pp). Radke’s blast from the blue line got through traffic and beat Tormey high to the glove side.
5-5 — Mick Berge (Steve Wagner, Travis Morin) 16:40 (pp). Berge scored from the same spot as his first goal, the bottom of the left circle on the power play. Grieco couldn’t get over to his right fast enough.
6-5 UND — Chris Porter (Brian Lee) 1:07. Porter tipped Lee’s shot past Tormey to give UND the lead again.
7-5 UND — Brad Miller (T.J. Oshie, Ryan Duncan) 15:12. Oshie made the play by dancing around a Mankato defender and dishing it to Miller for the 2-on-1 goal.
8-5 UND — Matt Watkins 19:12 (en). Watkins flipped the puck from in UND’s zone with the backhand into the open net.
UND’s line chart
Ryan Duncan-T.J. Oshie-Brad Miller
Chay Genoway-Matt Watkins-Chris Porter
Chris VandeVelde-Ryan Martens-Andrew Kozek
Erik Fabian-Darcy Zajac-Michael Forney
Joe Finley-Brian Lee
Taylor Chorney-Kyle Radke
Zach Jones-Robbie Bina
MSU-Mankato’s line chart
Jon Kalinski-Travis Morin-Kael Mouillierat
Joel Hanson-Trevor Bruess-Zach Harrison
James Gaulrapp-Mick Berge-Jerad Stewart
Matt Tyree-Kevin Huck-Kurtis Kisio
Chad Brownlee-Nick Canzanello
R.J. Linder-Blake Friesen
Steve Wagner-Brian Kilburg