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Colorado College never trails in win against No. 8 North Dakota

February 9, 2018 Updated: February 10, 2018 at 9:32 am
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Colorado College right defense Alex Pernitsky fights off North Dakota right wing Trevor Olson as he moves the puck behind the Tiger goal during the second period Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Troy Conzo scored twice, including once shorthanded, and Alex Pernitsky’s first career goal was the game-winner as Colorado College took out No. 8 North Dakota on Friday in Grand Forks.

The game was tense from start to finish, even though the Fighting Hawks never led and managed to tie it back up for a combined 72 seconds.

Just after a penalty expired, Colorado College took a 1-0 lead. UND Goaltender Cam Johnson mishandled the puck behind his own net and the Tigers got the puck back out to Conzo, who scored his fourth of the season at 12:35 of the first period.

On a second-period penalty shot, Fighting Hawks leading scorer Christian Wolanin faked out Alex Leclerc and went back to his forehand to beat the Tigers goaltender and tie it up.

The lead lasted 29 seconds. Conzo won a faceoff for the Tigers. He then skated down and scored Colorado College’s first shorthanded goal of the season.

That was enough to end Johnson’s night. Peter Thome came in and made 14 saves.

Colton Poolman tied it up again with a highlight-reel goal.

Alex Pernitsky scored his first career goal 43 seconds later. He took a pass from Jack Gates, shuffled around a sliding North Dakota defender and fired from the top of the circle. He made his season debut Dec. 30 and had no points in his previous 32 games with CC (12-11-4, 6-8-3 National Collegiate Hockey Conference).

Westin Michaud added an empty netter with 58 seconds left.

Leclerc made 34 saves. Colorado College’s top line was held off the scoresheet in the team’s third victory in four games.

“It’s good that we’re getting some secondary scoring so those guys don’t have to do it all,” Conzo told KRDO.

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