Tigers holding on to 2-1 lead

Alexander Krushelnyski scored on a backhander a moment after he initially mishandled a crossing pass from Tigers senior Scott Winkler to put Colorado College ahead 2-1 less than three minutes after North Dakota had tied the WCHA game.

Winkler’s crossing pass form along the boards went to Krushelnyski, who was covered by a North Dakota defender. He skated toward the corner from between the circles and flicked the puck on net, perhaps using the defender as a screen to beat North Dakota junior goalie Clarke Saunders high glove side.

CC came close to pulling away with Mike Boivin sending on shot off the crossbar with 5:04 left in the second and another power-play shot by the senior blue-liner deflecting off the right post after a redirect in front with 2:43 remaining.

North Dakota senior Joe Gleason scored his second career goal, both coming at Colorado Springs World Arena, to tie the game at 1-1. His shot from the pint came after UND won yet another faceoff with 13:49 left in the second.

UND senior Corban Knight won the draw cleanly to set up the shot through traffic that clanged in off the right post past CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s glove.

CC freshman Jared Hanson fired a hard shot just inside the far corner, blowing past North Dakota junior goalie Clarke Saunders’s glove to make it 1-0 CC with 12:25 left in the first period to capitalize on a three-on-one breakaway.

It was CC’s first 1-0 lead since Nov. 9 against Bemidji State. It was Hanson’s second straight game with a goal since scoring his first as a Tiger against Yale last Saturday.

North Dakota enjoyed a 21-7 edge in faceoffs had a 16-8 edge in shots, forcing Howe to tie a season-high with 16 saves in one period..

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