Colorado College beats North Dakota at Final FiveST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Colorado College's game in the opener of the WCHA Final Five was far from perfect, but it was close enough to extend the hockey season for at least another day.
By: JESS MYERS,Associated Press, Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Colorado College's game in the opener of the WCHA Final Five was far from perfect, but it was close enough to extend the hockey season for at least another day.
Peter Stoykewych scored just his second goal of the season in overtime, lifting the underdog Tigers to a 4-3 win over North Dakota on Friday.
"We've been on a good run here," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "It started at the end of January, and it's carried over into the playoffs."
The Tigers (17-18-5) trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and who were out-shot throughout the game, but got a second period short-handed goal by Alexander Krushelnyski for a 2-2 tie, then took the lead in the third when Hunter Fejes scored his second goal in as many games.
Drake Caggiula scored twice and Danny Kristo also scored for North Dakota (21-12-7), which had won three consecutive Final Five titles.
"They're grinding out wins and doing a great job," said North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol, complimenting the Tigers. "We played a pretty good hockey game, but pretty good doesn't get it done at this time of year."
North Dakota, traditionally once of the most dangerous offensive teams in the nation, had six power plays in the game but could not score.
"When you're 0-for-6 on the power play at this time of year, it's tough to win games," said Kristo, who was announced as one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award earlier in the day on Thursday.
Stoykewych, who scored two months ago in a 5-1 home win over Minnesota Duluth, joked that this was the biggest goal of his college career. His shot from the blue line after the Tigers had won a faceoff made its way through a crowd, deflected off a North Dakota player and ended up in the net. After a lengthy review, it was declared a good goal.
"In overtime, anything can happen, and as long as you can get your shot past the first guy, you've done your job," Stoykewych said. "I'm just happy I was able to get it on net and get a bounce there."
Clarke Saunders had 19 saves for North Dakota. Joe Howe had 29 saves for Colorado College, which will face Minnesota in the tournament's semifinals on Friday.
"Obviously Joe Howe is a big part of our success lately," Owens said. "He's giving us a lot of confidence and allowing us to stay in games."
Colorado College, which finished eighth in the 12-team WCHA during the regular season, upset archrival Denver in the opening round of the playoffs to get to St. Paul, and will need two more wins to earn an invite to the NCAA tournament.