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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service , Published March 21 2013

Colorado College knocks off UND in OT of WCHA Final Five

ST. PAUL – Danny Kristo sat at a podium late Thursday night, a little bit lost for words.

“Never felt like this before,” the senior forward said.

For the first time in his career – for the first time in every University of North Dakota men’s player’s career – they won’t come away from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five with the Broadmoor Trophy.

Colorado College defenseman Peter Stoykewych scored on a point shot just 4 minutes, 52 seconds into overtime to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 win over three-time defending champion UND in the tournament’s quarterfinals in Xcel Energy Center.

The Tigers advance to a semifinal game against Minnesota at 7:07 p.m. tonight, while UND heads back to Grand Forks to await its assignment for the NCAA tournament. It will find out its destination during a selection show at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Until then, it will think about missed opportunities against a Tigers team that has three wins against UND this season.

UND outchanced the Tigers throughout the game, but goalie Joe Howe was strong in making 29 saves and the Colorado College attackers were opportunistic against UND goaltender Clarke Saunders, who stopped 19 shots but allowed a shot from 40 feet that he’ll want back.

“Congrats to Colorado College, they’re grinding out wins and doing a great job,” said UND coach Dave Hakstol, who has led his team to three straight Broadmoors and four in nine years as head coach. “They got the job done tonight.”

UND, which dropped to 21-12-7, received two goals from freshman Drake Caggiula and another from Hobey Baker Award finalist Danny Kristo.

“We won the last three, and that was our goal coming in,” Kristo said. “We wanted to four-peat.”

On the winning goal, Colorado College won a faceoff back to Stoykewych, who launched a point shot through a lot of traffic. It hit the leg of UND defenseman Nick Mattson and went past Saunders. The Tigers came on the ice to celebrate the winning goal, which was reviewed and upheld.

The Tigers, who improved to 17-18-5, continued their improbable run in the WCHA tournament. They knocked off rival Denver in the first round and are now two games away from winning their first Broadmoor Trophy, an award named after a hotel in Colorado Springs.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, CC, Schwartz (Bradley, Rapuzzi) 3:06. 2, UND, Caggiula (Grimaldi, Rowney) 14:23. 3, UND, Kristo (O’Donnell) 19:50.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, CC, Krushelnyski (Schwartz) 7:54 (sh).

THIRD PERIOD: 5, CC, Fejes (Hamburg) 3:42. 6, UND, Caggiula (St. Clair, Pattyn) 12:45.

OVERTIME: 7, CC, Stoykewych (Maric, Collett) 4:52.

SAVES: CC, Howe 9-9-11-0–29. UND, Saunders 3-5-9-2–19.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald