- Associated Press - Saturday, March 15, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Alex Roos‘ rebound goal midway through overtime lifted Colorado College to a 3-2 win over North Dakota on Saturday in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

The win by the Tigers (7-23-6) forces a third game in the best-of-three series on Sunday. The winner advances to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.

Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert was outstanding in net, making 44 saves.

“He played well in net, now it’s come down a one-game shot,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. “We have to come back (Sunday) night and play an outstanding 60 minutes.”


Colorado College won it with seven minutes left in overtime, when UND goalie Zane Gothberg stopped a Sam Rothstein shot but gave up a rebound, kicking the puck to the weak side where Roos was waiting alone. He buried it.

“That’s OT,” Hakstol said. “You make one mistake and that’s usually the way it ends up. It’s a mistake that they took advantage of.”

The game followed a similar pattern as the opener, which North Dakota won 4-2. The Tigers went up 2-0 only to have UND answer right away.

On Saturday, Colorado College’s Peter Stoykewich found himself with puck at the point and flung it toward the goal. The puck bounced twice through traffic and went through Gothberg’s pads at 16:44. It was Stoykewich’s first goal of the season.

That lasted until early in the second period when Scott Wamsganz skated into the UND zone, stopped and wristed the puck past Gothberg to make it a 2-0 game at 1:17 of the second.

Drake Caggiula answered two minutes later for North Dakota. Camped in front of the net, Caggiula poked in a rebound to make it 2-1. Seven of Caggiula’s 19 career goals have been against Colorado College.

Jordan Schmaltz scored the goal at 16:04 of the third period that tied the game 2-2 and sent it to overtime. Schmaltz skated down the slot and took a feed from Drake Caggiula to beat Thorimbert.

Gothberg finished the game with 26 stops for 10th-ranked UND.