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North Dakota rallies from 3-0 deficit to beat Gophers 6-3

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Mario Lamoureux scored twice during a five-goal third period for North Dakota, and his team snapped back to stun Minnesota 6-3 Friday in the WCHA semifinals.

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Michael Parks and Brock Nelson scored 30 seconds apart to tie the game, and Corban Knight also got a goal to give UND (24-12-3) all it needed for a spot in Saturday night's championship game against Denver. UND has won the last two Broadmoor trophies.

Defenseman Derek Forbort put North Dakota on the board after Minnesota (26-13-1) took a 3-0 lead on goals by Kyle Rau, Erik Haula and Zach Budish. But after Forbort's slap shot went in with 5:09 left in the second period, the Gophers were outshot 20-3 the rest of the game.

Minnesota, the WCHA regular season champion, fell to 18-2 when taking a lead into the final frame.

This one looked like a rout. But seconds after UND coach Dave Hakstol called timeout, Forbort scored. In the third period, his wraparound shot with 14:29 left glanced off the skate of Parks to cut the lead to one. Nelson corralled an airborne puck, controlled it with the shaft of his stick like he was playing hacky sack and set it on the ice for a backhander that zipped past Gophers goalie Kent Patterson to tie the game.

Denver 4, Minn.-Duluth 3 (ot)

Zac Larraza's first career goal gave Denver a double-overtime victory over Minnesota Duluth on Friday in the WCHA semifinals, and Pioneers goalie Sam Brittian set a single-game school record with 67 saves.

Larraza flipped a backhander past UMD goalie Kenny Ritter for the winner, seconds after Matt Tabrum's shot hit the post. The game ended 8:14 into the second overtime, the longest WCHA Final Five tournament game in history.

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