Not until 13 seconds remained in regulation did St. Cloud State allow North Dakota to score a goal.
That's how close the Huskies (16-8-2, 12-6-2 WCHA) were to shutting out the No. 2-ranked Fighting Sioux in back-to-back games for the first time since North Dakota (18-7-3, 13-6-3) started its hockey program in 1946.
As it was, the Huskies settled for a 1-1 overtime tie Saturday night when North Dakota's Lee Goren tipped a shot through traffic past Huskies goalie Scott Meyer.
As a result, St. Cloud State's winning streak snapped at seven. But Nate DiCasmirro's power-play goal early in the third period ensured life for their 10-game unbeaten string and their 15-game record (12-1-2). They remain in third place, three points behind the Sioux heading into this week's Thursday-Friday series at first-place Wisconsin (21-6, 16-4).
None of that was going over well in the Huskies' dressing room after the game.
''I was just telling Tyler (Arnason) that the atmosphere in here is different from what I think it's been in the past,'' DiCasmirro said. ''We're disappointed. We expected to win both games. Anything less is unacceptable.''
St. Cloud won 3-0 Friday night.
Graham Melanson stopped 20 shots as Wisconsin beat Michigan Tech (4-26, 2-20) 3-0 Saturday for a sweep of their weekend series.
Colorado College (15-12-2, 11-7-2) humbled Alaska Anchorage 4-0 Saturday, knocking the Seawolves (12-11-3, 10-9-3) from fourth to fifth in the WCHA standings.
Minnesota (14-12-2, 10-8-2) is just one point behind Alaska Anchorage, and Minnesota State (14-12-2, 10-9-1) trails the Seawolves by just two points.
The Golden Gophers won both games at Minnesota-Duluth (11-15, 7-13) for their first road sweep this season.
''This was a big win for us because there aren't that many left to get,'' said Nate Miller, who scored a power-play goal in the first period Saturday night and an even-strength goal in the third.
Minnesota State beat Denver 2-1 Saturday night for a series split with the Pioneers (10-18-2, 6-15-2).
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