Frattin Gives UND 4-3 Win Over Colorado ColegeMatt Frattin scored the game-winning goal with 5:40 to play, and North Dakota beat Colorado College 4-3 Friday night in the semifinal of the WCHA Final Five.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Frattin scored the game-winning goal with 5:40 to play, and the Fighting Sioux beat Colorado College 4-3 Friday night in the semifinal of the WCHA Final Five.
Danny Kristo, Brent Davidson and Brad Malone also scored for North Dakota, which won its eighth straight and extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games. The top-ranked Fighting Sioux (29-8-3), winner of the MacNaughton Cup as the regular season champion, will face Denver Saturday for the title.
The Pioneers, who finished second in the conference, beat Bemidji State 6-2 in the other semifinal.
"There were times in the game where we got away from the things that have given us success throughout the year, but we were able to pull ourselves back to some of the little things that gave us an opportunity," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. "In key situations guys stepped up and made plays."
On the winner, Evan Trupp had the puck below the goal line and backhanded a pass across the crease to Frattin, streaking down the slot. It was Frattin's NCAA-leading 34th goal of the season.
"Trupp's been finding me on that backdoor all year. We read off of each other pretty good," Frattin said.
In its previous seven wins, North Dakota had outscored its opponents 41-9, but Colorado College (22-18-3) battled through some adversity — including a slow start and a decidedly pro-North Dakota crowd for a chance to win late.
"We knew we had to weather the storm early, but once we settled in the game could have went either way," said Tigers defenseman Ryan Lowery.
Malone gave North Dakota a 3-2 lead with a short-handed goal midway through the third period putting a loose puck into an open net. Frattin charged in from the left side and was dragged down by Rylan Schwartz, but Frattin's momentum caused him to clip goaltender Joe Howe and leave the puck alone for Malone.
Schwartz, who scored twice, redeemed himself less than 3 minutes later — tucking the puck behind goaltender Aaron Dell while being knocked down.
"I knew I had to get one back," Schwartz said. "I made a bad pass in their end and took a bad penalty in our end."
North Dakota was more physical early, gathering loose pucks and winning battles along the boards.
Kristo, who missed the last 10 games after sustaining severe frostbite on his foot, scored less than 3 minutes into the game, putting a wrist shot into the top corner of the net from the right dot.
"I just told him to go out there and give it his all," Frattin said.
Stephen Schultz tied it late in the period on the power play.
"That goal settled things down and made the world right," said Colorado College coach Scott Owens.
Schwartz gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead at 5:14 of the second when his wrist shot was partially stopped by Dell but trickled across the line.
Alone in the right circle, Davidson took a pass from Andrew MacWilliam and tied the game 10 minutes later when his wrist shot beat Howe.