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Published December 04, 2010, 12:27 PM

North Dakota beats St. Cloud St. 3-1

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Brad Malone had two goals and an assist to lead seventh-ranked North Dakota over St. Cloud State 3-1 on Friday.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Brad Malone had two goals and an assist to lead seventh-ranked North Dakota over St. Cloud State 3-1 on Friday.

Malone's first goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winner for the Fighting Sioux (10-5-2, 8-3-0), who presented head coach Dave Hakstol his 100th career Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory. Hakstol is the fourth Fighting Sioux head coach with 100 conference wins.

"It wasn't easy. I liked the way everybody stayed with it," Hakstol said. "A win doesn't have to be pretty."

UND sophomore goalie Aaron Dell improved to 5-1-1 in his last seven games with another strong effort. He gave up a goal to Drew LeBlanc on the Huskies' fourth shot of game, but nothing after that. Dell is 9-4-1 overall.

"Aaron Dell made two really key saves ... he made many good ones," Hakstol said. "He made it look easy."

St. Cloud State (5-8-2, 3-5-1) took a 1-0 lead on LeBlanc's goal at 13:53 of the first period. LeBlanc intercepted the puck in the crease and slipped it past Dell.

Matt Frattin tied it with his WCHA-leading 14th goal 18 seconds into the second period and Malone scored an insurance goal late in the third period.

Mike Lee had 30 saves for the Huskies.

The series against the Huskies is North Dakota's first in seven weeks against a team not ranked in the top 13.

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