College Hockey:
Frattin’s double-OT winner pushes North Dakota past Denver for WCHA title

— In a game between the top two seeds in the WCHA, perhaps it’s fitting that the Final Five championship game went to double overtime.

Perhaps it’s even more fitting that top-seeded North Dakota won the game with a goal scored by Hobey Baker candidate and WCHA player of the year Matt Frattin.

Frattin’s goal 5:11 into the second overtime gave the Fighting Sioux the 3-2 win over the Denver as well as their second straight Broadmoor Trophy.

“To be able to go into double overtime like we did against a league champion; there’s no shame in losing a game like this,” said DU coach George Gwozdecky. “We’d have some great chances, they’d have some great chances and maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to go with two of the top teams in the league.”

The Sioux pressured in the second overtime and broke through five minutes in.

Evan Trupp found a burst of speed, breaking into the Pioneers zone. He dropped a pass for Chay Genoway, who took a shot from the right point. The rebound came out to the left of the net, where an uncontested Frattin was waiting in the circle to bury the puck past Pioneers goaltender Sam Brittain (33 saves).

“They were working hard all night and they got that point shot and it went right to Matt Frattin and he’s a goal scorer so he put it on net,” said Brittain. “It’s a difficult thing for us to swallow.”

“Bottom line, we got a bounce and that bounce happened to land on the right guy’s stick,” said UND coach Dave Hakstol.

The Pioneers started off the scoring with the lone first-period tally 5:06 into the frame. Kyle Ostrow passed the puck from behind the net to Dustin Jackson, who one-timed it past UND goaltender Aaron Dell (40 saves).

UND answered 2:32 into the second period with the help of a little puck luck. Danny Kristo backhanded a Taylor Dickin rebound on net, and it was accidentally kicked through Brittain’s five-hole by teammate Nick Shore.

Six minutes later, Brent Davidson sent a centering pass from behind the Pioneers net that hit Brittain’s skate and went in the net to give UND a 2-1 lead.

The Sioux took their lead into the third period and held it for almost 18 minutes. However, the Pioneers are a good third-period team and proved it by tying the game at 2. Matt Donovan sent a pass from the point to Beau Bennett behind the net. Bennett, in turn, tossed the puck in front to Anthony Maiani, who one-timed it past Dell.

The goal ended up sending the teams into overtime. The Pioneers dominated the early part of the frame before UND slowly started to turn the tide. However, as the Sioux started to turn on the pressure, Brittain stayed strong, sending the teams into a second overtime period.

“I think both goalies were the MVPs of the game,” said Frattin. “They both stood on their head and with the way they were playing, I don’t think it was going to end anytime soon.”

The teams now await where they will play next weekend in the NCAA tournament.

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  • SO does this mean Frattin will be one of the 3 stars this week only two game winners?

  • B.D.

    As much as I love the SIOux, they got outplayed for over half of the game…
    I hope they take it to heart prior to going to the regionals.

    • Anonymous

      I definitely agree. Dell showed that he was a true championship contending goalie and kept the Sioux in it. Hats off to Denver for an amazing and unforgettable game.

    • Suture1

      I agree. I know I am not the only one who feels the Sioux better bring it up a notch if they are to do anything in the NT. That said, we were missing probably our second best player on the team in Gregoire. Also, Rowney and the other forward (forgot who is out with Gregs and Rowney) were skating regular shifts and have been very solid. Nice to see Kristo have a nice weekend, he has some nice talent I did not really notice before. Ok, NT time. Let’s go Sioux!!

    • SiouxAlumDenver

      If they were outplayed for half, that means Denver was outplayed the other half…the two best teams in the WCHA played fine. Both teams know each other well. The Sioux played two good teams in two nights and ground out 2 gritty wins. I think they are in great shape coming off 4 cake wins over Tech. They needed these 2 tough games against good teams to prepare.

      • B.D.

        Agree with you that they needed a pair of tough games to get over the Tech Syndrome. THey needed to get hungry….

  • Suture1

    Wow, great game. DU’s goalie is one of the best I have ever seen. This game was won on sheer grit and determination. Both teams were fantastic. Too bad they will likely be in the same regional. Could be the two best teams in the country having to play in the quarters. Should be interesting….

  • #1 Ranked

    The Sioux were out-played for 2/3 of the game; almost scary. There were only a couple of spurts where momentum swayed and the Sioux lit up the ice. That game has to be one of the toughest played games for the WCHA in the past 10yrs; a true battle. It was great to see Frattin do his thing both nights and advance his opportunity for Hobey consideration. He has a great story and had even a better storied season. Toronto is gonna love this guy!

    Bring on those boys from the east! We’re ready and fired up. GO SIOUX!

  • Sueh8ter

    the sue were dirty as usual. cheap shots, running guys, hits after almost every whistle. same crap.

  • Sue’s Big Brother

    @Sueh8ter: Not sure what she did to make you hate Sue so much but this is a college hockey site!! Frattin was clutch again…..well done!!! Can you say “Hobey Baker!!”

    PS: Unless of course he is a “stupid yankee” and doesn’t know how to spell Sioux!! ROFLMAOI

  • Sue’s Angry Mother

    @Sueh8ter: Leave my daughter out of this, keep your comments about the hockey game!! She might be a little “dirty”…but girls got to have fun too!!! Thanks for sticking up for your sis!! That Frattin is unbelievable and soon to be unbeleafable!!!

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