GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota and Miami-Ohio are two of the top four defensive teams in the country.
That doesn't mean they lack playmakers and goal scorers.
That was evident during an entertaining 5-5 tie between the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the country in the finale of the Subway Holiday Classic in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
No. 1 Miami rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to earn the tie in a game that was back-and-forth all along. The game was tied 1-1 after one period and again at 3-3 in the second. When the five-minute overtime frame ended, both teams skated away with similar feelings.
"There were a lot of great plays made out there," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "We'll look at some of the mistakes and some of the breakdowns, but the first thing that really steps into my mind is that there were a lot of really good plays and a lot of tenacious play on both sides of the rink."
Miami coach Enrico Blasi agreed.
"For two of the top three or four defensive teams in the country, it sure didn't look like it at times, did it?" Blasi said. "But it was a good hockey game. I thought both teams played hard. We took some dumb penalties and their power play was hot, so we had to make some plays down the stretch to tie the game. I think you saw a little bit of everything from everyone tonight."
The offensive stars of the game were a pair of freshmen.
UND rookie Danny Kristo scored two goals, added an assist and finished off a four-point weekend. He was named the tournament's most valuable player.
Miami rookie Reilly Smith scored the first goal of the game and the last one - a game-tying tally with just 2 minutes, 21 seconds left in regulation. Smith finished the game with four points and made the all-tournament team.
"We were just talking in the locker room that it felt a little bit like New Hampshire last year," said UND forward Jason Gregoire, alluding to UND's back-and-forth overtime loss in the NCAA tournament last season. "It was back-and-forth with two good teams going at it. I guess it almost feels like a loss, giving up a lead in the third period in our rink. But we got three points out of four this weekend, so we're happy about it."
Hakstol said he's going to take the glass-is-half-full approach to the weekend. The Sioux moved to 8-4-2 overall and stayed unbeaten in nonconference play (3-0-1).
"I thought we took a real good step back to where we want to be this week," he said. "We got a win last week and this (tie) won't hurt us come tournament (selection) time. We're still undefeated in nonconference play. More important, we got back to playing and practicing the way we expect."
The Sioux came into the weekend with four goals in three games. They were 0-3 in that span. They scored nine times this weekend and there were several standouts in the group.
Friday night, it was Evan Trupp and Brad Malone. On Saturday, Malone scored a highlight-reel shorthanded goal, while Ben Blood and Jason Gregoire both had a goal and an assist. David Toews continued his breakthrough year with two assists. UND converted on three of seven power-play chances.
Miami also showed why it entered the weekend No. 1. Three lines got on the scoresheet, including a pair of assists by Pat Cannone.
"We knew they'd be revved up and they'd come out and play very well after getting beat last night," Hakstol said. "They are a good veteran team. They put us on our heels during the first seven or eight minutes. I really liked the way we regained our composure. We had a couple of really good shifts, drew a couple of penalties and got back on our toes."
The Sioux travel to Minnesota-Duluth next weekend for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup.
Brad E. Schlossman is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- One night after junior netminder Alex Kangas gave up six goals in a shutout loss to Michigan, Minnesota turned to a sophomore to change its luck.
Kent Patterson made 37 saves Saturday as the Golden Gophers rebounded to beat Michigan State 2-1 in the College Hockey Showcase. Patterson had 13 saves in each of the first two periods to earn his first win of the season for the Golden Gophers (5-8-1).
On Friday, the Gophers suffered their fourth straight loss and their most lopsided defeat since a 7-1 loss to Colorado College in 1988.
DENVER (AP) -- Tony Mosey scored two goals Saturday as St. Cloud State knocked off conference-leading and No. 2 rannked Denver 3-2 in the WCHA.
Ryan Lasch added a goal for the Huskies (6-6-2, 5-4-1 WCHA), who earned a split after dropping the opener 5-3 on Friday.
Lasch and Mosey scored early to give St. Cloud State a 2-0 lead after one period. Forty-five seconds after Tyler Ruegsegger pulled the Pioneers (10-3-1, 7-2-1) within a goal at 11:15 of the third period, Mosey scored again for a 3-1 lead.
MANKATO (AP) -- Kael Mouillierat scored two goals and Minnesota State, Mankato took a three-goal lead and held on to beat Michigan Tech 3-2 Saturday in the WCHA.
The Mavericks (6-7-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) sandwiched a goal by Zach Harrison between Mouillierat's two goals to take a 3-0 lead at 3:16 of the third period.
But the Huskies (3-9-0, 2-8-0) came back late in the third, getting a goal by Anthony Schooley at 16:26 and another by Drew Dobson with an extra attacker at 19:47.
Austin Lee made 22 saves for the Mavericks, while Josh Robinson stopped 27 shots for the Huskies.
Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play.
Harrison had five points in the weekend series.