Mar 17, 2014 at 6:54 am
North Dakota scored three times in the first period and held on to beat Colorado College 4-3 to advance in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.
Brendan O'Donnell scored what proved to be the game-winning goal early in the third period Sunday.
Nick Mattson, Troy Stecher and Stephane Pattyn scored in the first period for 10th-ranked UND (22-12-3).
Alex Krushelnyski and Michael Morin scored for the Tigers (7-24-6), who forced a third game in the best-of-three series with a 3-2 overtime win Saturday.
Zane Gothberg had 27 saves for North Dakota and Josh Thorimbert stopped 26 shots for the Tigers.
North Dakota took a 3-2 lead into the third period. It improved to 18-1-0 when leaving after two periods.
North Dakota is the only seeded team to avoid an upset in the first round and advance to next weekend's NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis. UND will Face-off with Miami at 7:38 pm.
ap / knox
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