Keaton Studsrud threw for 248 yards and a touchdown, Travis Toivonen ran for two scores, and North Dakota edged out Northern Colorado 48-38 on Saturday to end a three-game skid before a Homecoming crowd.
The lead changed seven times before Reid Taubenheim kicked a go-ahead field goal early in the fourth quarter after the Bears made a goal-line stand. Toivonen capped the scoring on a 5-yard reverse.
North Dakota (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky) held the Bears to 18 yards rushing, while churning out 314 yards on the ground, led by Brady Olivera’s 107 yards on 17 carries and Studsrud’s 97 on 10.
After failing to land an NHL contract this offseason, Gionta elected to remain unsigned to pursue an opportunity to represent the U.S. at the Winter Games in South Korea in February. The league is forgoing sending players to the Olympics next year in a decision that bars all players — including minor leaguers — signed to an NHL contract from competing.
Americans general manager Randy Sexton said Gionta’s role will be limited to practice. Sexton called it “a real win-win” for Gionta and the Americans because of the veteran experience the player can provide.
Gionta won a Stanley Cup with the 2003 New Jersey Devils. He Best Cheap Jerseys From China also played for the Montreal Canadiens, and has 289 goals and 299 assists in 1,006 career NHL games.
A majority of the U.S. team will be made up of players currently competing in Cheap NFL Jerseys Europe. The roster will start taking form after the team competes in a three-game Deutschland Cup tournament in Germany in mid-November.