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Published March 17, 2012, 10:11 AM

Fighting Sioux Remarkable Comeback

St. Paul, MN (WDAZ TV) - It was a remarkable turnaround in every way, and a perfect example of why sports are so enthralling. The Sioux hockey team trailed the rival Gophers 3-0 in the 2nd period in the semifinals of the WCHA final five.

By: Scott Grodsky, WDAY

It was a remarkable turnaround in every way, and a perfect example of why sports are so enthralling. The Sioux hockey team trailed the rival Gophers 3-0 in the 2nd period in the semifinals of the WCHA final five. They looked flat, possibly the result of clinching a NCAA tournament berth the night before, and were being outshot 23-7; thoroughly dominated. But what happened next was a comeback unlike any other in the Hakstol era.

UND's 6-3 win over Minnesota was their season in a nutshell. The Sioux fell behind 3-0 early on, then caught fire, scoring 6 answered goals, propelling them to the WCHA final five championship game.

Dave Hakstol – UND Head Coach: “You're so low on energy, not a lot of good things happening through 30 minutes, to be able to build on little things and turn them into huge positive things at the end of the night is, that deserves some good credit.”

Danny Kristo – Junior Forward: “To get that first one at the end of the 2nd period was huge, gave our bench some life and coach gave a good speech before period three saying we have nothing to lose, go out play loose and leave it all out there. We got a couple to start the third, got some momentum, we showed our heart in that 3rd period.”

Mario Lamoureux – Senior Forward: “Once we got that first one, we got confidence, the game became more fun and not so frustrating playing in your own end. Once you start having fun, it's an easy game.”

Corban Knight – Junior Forward: “That's the most fun I've ever had in a game and the craziest game I've ever been in too. Something I'll never forget.”

The win sets up a rematch of last year’s final with Denver with the Sioux looking to become the first WCHA team to three peat at the final five.

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