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Frattin breaks third-period tie, sends North Dakota past Colorado College

— With around five minutes left in the third period, the “Hobey Baker” chants began to fill the Xcel Energy Center.

North Dakota senior Matt Frattin, one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, scored the game-winning goal to beat Colorado College 4-3 in a WCHA Final Five semifinal game Friday night.

“For the first two periods we had a tough time getting our legs going,” said Frattin, a first-line right wing. “In the third period, we got our adrenaline going and our line thought we needed to get it going.”

It was Frattin’s national-best 34th goal of the season, a one-timer in the low slot on a feed from Evan Trupp behind the net that gave UND the win.

 Frattin breaks third period tie, sends North Dakota past Colorado College UND advances to play second-seeded Denver in the championship game at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday.

“With a few minutes left, I found myself with a little smile on my face because it was a heck of a game,” Sioux coach Dave Hakstol said. “I expect tomorrow to be a great hockey game. We have an equal or greater challenge tomorrow against Denver.”

CC had plenty of chances to tie the game late, especially with a late power play on a cross-checking call on Andrew MacWilliam with 2:54 to go. The Tigers had a lot of pressure in the zone but few shots made it all the way to the net. Meanwhile, UND had trouble clearing the puck, with two clearing attempts landing out of play.

Two minutes and 44 seconds was all it took for Danny Kristo to let those who follow the WCHA know he’s back. The sophomore right winger, who missed 10 games because of a case of frostbite on his right foot, skated the puck up the ice past the benches on his first even-strength shift.

Kristo pulled back and fired a wrist shot over Joe Howe’s left shoulder for his sixth goal of the season. It was Kristo’s first points since he assisted on three goals Jan. 29 at CC.

Stephen Schultz tied the game at one 18 seconds into CC’s first power play with Jaden Schwartz and Gabe Guentzel assisting.

The CC power play went 2-for-4 Friday. Since Jaden Schwartz’s return from his fractured ankle on Feb. 18, the Tigers have gone 14-for-47 on the power play (30 percent). Schwartz has two power-play goals with nine assists on the PP during that stretch and has been on the ice for 13 of the 14 goals.

Rylan Schwartz’s goal at the 5:29 mark of the second period put the Tigers up 2-1. Officials reviewed the goal because Schultz toppled Dell, but the puck had already crossed the goal line when contact was made and the goal stood.

UND tied the game with 5:05 left in the second when Andrew MacWilliam brought the puck below the goal line to Howe’s left and passed it out front for Brent Davidson, who beat Howe glove side.

Brock Nelson was ejected early in the third period on a checking-from-behind call that sent Gabe Guentzel to the ice. He received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, but it was the Sioux that went on the offensive less than two minutes after the penalty.

Frattin brought the puck into the zone but was hauled down by Rylan Schwartz. Frattin’s body went flying into Howe as a result and knocked the goaltender out of position. Brad Malone grabbed the loose puck and flipped it into the open net at the 8:30 mark of the period.

Frattin got an assist on the play and his point streak is at 12 games.

“Trupp’s been using that back door all year,” Frattin said. “We read each other well and I had my stick down on the ice. He made a pass back door and I one-timed it.”

The Tigers tied things on a gritty play by Rylan Schwartz with 8:50 left in the game. UND’s Jake Marto deflected Nick Dineen’s swat towards the net, Rylan Schwartz knocked the puck down and dived to the far side of the crease to put it past Dell while falling to the ice.

“I knew I had to get one back for us,” said Schwartz. “I made a bad pass in our end and then a penalty in the other end a few minutes before.”

And then came the Frattin goal three minutes later.
Trupp found Frattin streaking up the middle, and Frattin went top shelf before Howe could get turned around with 5:40 left in regulation.

Howe stopped 34 shots for the Tigers and Dell finished with 18 saves for the Sioux.

Saturday’s crowd of 15,008 was made up of fans dressed mostly in green.

“We got the crowd in it,” Frattin said. “It was like playing at the Ralph today.”

Rylan Schwartz added: “We knew they had a huge fan base and it would be tough to play in. It’s fun to play in but it was tough, too.”

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  • Anonymous

    1. Kristo’s goal was a backhand slap.
    2. Nelson’s ejection was a joke… commentator’s even said that it wouldn’t even been called a penalty in the NHL let alone a 5 and a game suspension.
    3. CC played an amazing game tonight. Props to them for giving us a hell of a run for our money.

    • Sioux

      1. Kristo’s goal was not a backhand slap. It was a nice snap-shot that beat Howe.
      2. I agree
      3. I agree

      • collegehockeyfan

        eh, it was a flutter puck, which is very hard to stop, there wasn’t a whole lot of power on it haha

  • BSU Beavers

    Tim Hennessey must want to join Doug Woog’s “Let’s Only Talk About How Amazing Our Team Is And Give No Credit To Others” club the way he talked about the BSU/Duluth game last night as well as the game this afternoon with Denver.

    Yeah, because tonight’s UND/CC game was the be all end all of college hockey masterpieces. Give me a break.

    That being said, I hope the Sioux just kick the crap out of “I walk out on the ice to argue calls” Gwoz tomorrow. The Denver Turds are almost the worst….second only to those arrogant Gophers!

    • BU/DU alum

      Wow am I tasting sour apples?

    • collegehockeyfan

      well considering Tim Hennessey is the voice of fighting sioux, why are you surprised… Woog is one of the voices of Gopher hockey, none of us are surprised about that either. Great season BSU

  • Pikespeak99

    1. I agree
    2. I agree
    3. I agree

  • Ridingtimes

    MY GOD..Really Sioux..Taking the stick in a guys back and driving him into the boards is not a Major….No wonder people call you the DIRTY Sioux..You almost got it handed to you by a bunch of Freshman and Sophs. If the NCAA does not put CC in the Tourny..They really need to take a look at how they select who they select. CC has beaten 5 top ten teams this year….If i was anyone in the tourney I would be afraid to play them. Just think they have 4 Seniors on the team and one is the 3rd string goaltender. Also they have like 3 Juniors..the rest are Fresh and Sophs…Becareful with this team next year.

    • The Dac

      A looooooot of talk about NEXT year going on here…. HAHAHA We’ll go ahead and play for this year ‘lil cubbies that wanna be tigers. GO SIOUX!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Suture1

      RIding, I and many of the Sioux fans will agree with you that the penalty was bad and dangerous. I think you will find MOST Sioux fans are not jerks. Most of us appreciate a great, hard hitting, fast hockey game. Let’s just say we all saw a great hockey game last night. CC has a hell of a team and I did not realize they were so young….next year should be a great year for them. I thought the game was awesome and, barring that penalty, was fairly clean. When you and the other CC fans start whining it takes away from the great game we all saw last night. Why so negative? Besides, after the Final Five we all have to support the WCHA in the NT where we face MAJOR eastern bias by the media and the college hockey world in general. So, let’s get over any petty complaints about the game and start showiing some WCHA unity for the NT ok buddy…:)

      • B.D.

        Perhaps I am from a different generation than you, but in my day hitting from behind was accepted. Particularly when the player in question is trying to freeze the puck up against the boards.

        I am saddened these days when I see what used to be considered normal physical contact is now almost criminalized. We are wimpifying the sport.
        Hell, it is almost approaching Hockey East standards for physical contact.

        Regarding the eastern bias I concur completely. If ESPN is covering the finals they will not even be able to spell North Dakota….

        • Suture1

          B.D., I played in the WCHA in the early 80′s so I am an old SOB. I agree with you about the fact this was “part of the game” years ago. However, I think this change was a positive one. Playing on D I cannot tell you how many times I got the stick to the lower back standing a foot or two from the wall. Of course, knowing this could happen ensured I didn’t put myself in that position. The only bad thing that has come out of this rule change is that all the players now immediately put their backs towards the checking player because they know they will not get hit with their back facing out. In other words, it is a way to ensure you DO NOT get hit. I wish they would use more discretion determining when this is a major penalty. Last night I did not think this should have been a major penalty because the CC player flopped better than any soccer player I have seen. But, overall I think the change has probably reduced major injuries.

          • B.D.

            I probably watched you then.

            You are correct about the discretion issue. Sadly society today does not allow ANYONE discretion regarding anything. Everything is a zero defects mentality and that is applied to sports as well.

            Regarding the injury issue, I date my attendance at a college hockey game to about 1967 and cannot recall as many injuries back then as are now. Thinking back I seem to recall UND goalie Bob Iwabucci getting a concussion from wrapping his head on the goal post, but that is about it. Not sure why injuries are more prevalent now.

          • CCTiger

            Bigger, stronger, faster players. It’s not that the athletes are better now (thought that is possible), it’s just that there are more people and so more good athletes to go around to the various sports. And training techniques have improved SO much. Our bones and organs and brains haven’t changed in the last 30 years, but the strength and speed training allows us to deliver much more powerful hits.

            I played football and lacrosee for CC in the late 90′s, and I love hockey. Hitting is a part of all those games and should be. But concussions and back injuries are no laughing matter – I’ve dealt with both. I am hopeful that the way the rules develop will keep the games physical while improving protection for players. “Dangerous” is a moving target – what used to be OK, now is dangerous in some cases.

    • collegehockeyfan

      maybe is CC could stay of their feet, he fell into the boards sideways, it was a huge acting job… pulled a Cepis or a Roe

  • Jeffffyb

    YEAH CC…..KEEP IT UP BOYS……WE’LL PLAY THE SUE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ridingtimes

    Oh yes…and that goal that Schwartz got…Hell the Sioux Goaltender took his stick and tripped him as he crossed….Should have been another penality..But like the announcers and Officals sure were all over UND’s bandwagon. That is all you heard the whole game…UND this UND that..UND is so great…So great they almost got it handed to them but a bunch of young kids..The youngest team in age in the WCHA. People talk about DU..well DU fans have alot more class and are better sports than UND fans..well atleast the ones that show up at the World Arena..they are always drunk and jerk off’s I guess that is because there is nothing elese to do in ND….

    • GeauxSioux

      Unbelievable how you’re still complaining! Come on.

    • Oracle

      Time to take your “obsessive/compulsive behavior” meds…Get over it. Greta game, great teams, and looking forward to a great NT.

  • Sheps20

    I’m a season ticket holder for CC and they had a heck of a year considering how young they are, scary for next year no doubt–hats off to ND tonight, best game I watched all year even though my boys lost–they’ll be in the tournament.

    • collegehockeyfan

      I am a Sioux fan and I fear for whoever draws CC in the first round of the NT. Watching that first line is just impressive, maybe next year they can pull together a full team and they would be in the title game right now!

  • Ax_311

    “UND almost got it handed to them”…really..our best player has 56 points and is a hobey finalist, CC”s best has 43 points and isnt even considered in the top 10, CC”s goalie has 17 wins, UND’s has 27, UND has won 2 out of 3 games this year by a total of 12 goals to 7 over CC. UND has 7 championships, last one came in 2000, CC has 2 championships last one came in 1957, 54 years ago, UND leads in the overall series…oh and the score tonight was 4 to 3, it means CC didn’t win, almost only counts in horseshoes and hangrenades, good luck next year, UND will show CC what a NCAA D1 trophy looks like if you want

  • Siouxyeahyeah

    Its the playoffs. To make it this deep, CC is obviously a good team. The 2nd period was a tough one for the Sioux and that top line for CC is excellent. That being said, the Sioux absolutely punished CC for most of the game.

  • Suture1

    I’m very impressed that the Sioux could play like they did without a chunk of their best forwards. Ok, I have a question for my Sioux brethren…..does ANYONE feel that A. Dell is just an above average goalie? I know he has great stats but too many times this year I have seen him let in some pretty easy goals. It is my feeling that he is an “above average” goalie. Not in the same league as some of our better goalies over the years. From very early on this year I have been saying that the Sioux are a championship level team but I am worried Dell is going to let in an easy one for a loss. Just curious if anyone else has this sense? Also, what happened to Gregoire, Rowney, etc…were they hurt? Hakstol said on Thursday that everyone was healthy…anyone know the deal on those guys? We need them badly!

    • Jason

      Personally, I don’t think UND has had an elite goalie since Karl Goehring. Parise, Lamoreaux, Eidsness…they’ve all had good stats, but never gave me much confidence in big games.

      • Sioux_Rube

        Dell will never be flashy but if you watch him closely he is never out of position and doesn’t scramble. With a puck scrum in front of him he remains stoic and keeps his body square instead of leaning for a glimpse which has saved us on at least 4 occasions at the REA. Dell will never make a cartwheel Lamoureux save but he has proven that he can steal a game on his own(example: Denver F5).

    • collegehockeyfan

      I have always had more confidence with Eidsness, but Dell makes the saves he has to, he doesn’t make too many extraordinary saves like Eids did, but Eids has had some trouble with saves he should make. Dell is the more consistent, and I will agree with Goehring being the last elite goaltender the sioux have had.

  • lovethegame

    CC played a hell of a game. even though that was 5 games (one went to OT) in 8 days for them, they hung in there, didnt back down and fought until the last minute. They deserve a spot in the NT, and I wouldnt want to be the team that has to play them. Its funny the hear all the Sue fans run their mouths, I guess I kinda feel bad for them, we have to realize that the sue is all they have in that gawd awful state!!! Being a CC season ticket holder for 15 years makes this hard to say but…….LETS GO DU!!!!

    • Jeff

      If you are really rooting for DU tonight and are a CC season ticket holder you are not a real CC fan.

      • lovethegame

        absolutely I am a CC Jeff, I would love to see a Colorado team win it over the sue. That doesnt make me anyless of a fan. If CC cant win it, I want anybody other than the sue to win. Thanks for your opinion though

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EN42OVJUST4B3ALM6HSQG7UFTU Aaron H

    umm the go ahead goal to make it 3-2 was a joke, did anyone else see the goalie play the puck on that delayed call, the play should have been stopped when he poaked it into the corner but not one person is talkin about that, why?

    • FightingSioux4ever

      He didn’t have control. That goal was the fault of the CC forwards for not getting back. Frattin was hooked into the goalie, therefore the contact was allowed. Malone and Genoway were heads up enough to play to the whistle, and they were rewarded with a goal. The puck may of hit the goalie, but he didn’t play the puck, that’s why the play continued.

  • A Duluth Sioux Fan

    Why all the hate from CC fans about the UND fan base? Just sore about the loss? It takes a strong vocal fan base like UND’s to make the WCHA even better. They travel well, show up in every opposing arena to show support in both up AND down seasons. It’s all good. If CC had won I would have applauded them for their big time power play they brought to the game and good team speed. Tough calls happened to both teams. That ALWAYS happens. It’s up to the players to overcome those moments. I hope CC draws B.C. in the NT and blows their doors off and represents the WCHA well.

    • GeauxSioux

      That would literally be more fun than watching Holy Cross beat Minne a few years back. Well, maybe not…

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