North Dakota beats Colorado College 4-2

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota spotted Colorado College a two-goal lead and stormed back to beat the Tigers 4-2 Friday in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

Tenth-ranked North Dakota trailed 2-1 after one period but scored twice in the second to retake the lead and grab a 1-0 edge in the best-of-three series. Game two is Saturday and game three on Sunday, if needed.

Bryn Chyzyk scored the go-ahead goal late in the second and Brendan O’Donnell provided some insurance in the third.

Chyzyk intercepted a bad pass in front of the net and beat Thorimbert high for a 3-2 lead at 18:07.

UND is 17-1-0 when leading after two periods. Drake Caggiula and Michael Parks also scored for UND (21-11-3).

North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg made 20 saves.

Zane had a good night,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “The first two going in, you can’t give up that third one. If you give up the third one, then we probably aren’t able to come back.”

Sam Rothstein and Aaron Harstad scored for the Tigers (6-23-6), who got 18 saves from Josh Thorimbert.

Colorado College jumped out to an early lead when Sam Rothstein deflected a puck through traffic past Gothberg just 1:15 into the game. The Tigers doubled that at 7:05 when Aaron Harstad scored on a shot from the point, again through traffic.

“We dug ourselves a hole, but to the credit of the players, we dug ourselves out,” Hakstol said. “We did not take care of the puck in the first period and that could have dug us a much deeper hole than it did.”

North Dakota stopped the bleeding on a goal by Caggiula, who skated in alone and wristed it past Thorimbert at 12:11.

Caggiula said it appeared UND was nervous at the start.

“You could definitely tell there was a little bit of nerves there, but that was no excuse,” Caggiula said.

The Tigers outshot UND 11-7 in the first period, but by the end of the game the teams tied in shots on goal at 22 apiece.

Parks got the tying goal with 12:46 left in the second period. Parks just camped in front of net and waited to find an opening around Thorimbert.

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