After top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth scored on its first two shots, the Bulldogs must have thought they on their way to an easy series-sweeping victory.
They were wrong.
Colorado College battled back with a last-second goal in the second period and another in the third to force overtime in an eventual 2-2 tie Saturday night before a thrilled Broadmoor World Arena crowd.
The result goes down as a tie with UMD garnering an extra National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings point after senior Alex Iafallo scored in the sudden-death shootout.
Second period report
Colorado College’s struggling power play broke through for a last-second goal in the second period to halve Minnesota-Duluth’s lead to 2-1.
The goal was created when freshman Branden Makara crashed the UMD net, setting up a shot by Wes Michaud he redirected in front. UMD goalie Hunter Miska made the initial save but the rebound bounced out to senior matt Hansen.
He banged in the one-timer with 6.7 seconds left to make ti 2-1 and energize The Broadmoor World Arena crowd.
First period report
Top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth scored on its first two shots and pulled ahead for a 2-0 lead entering first intermission Saturday night to set up a possible weekend series sweep.
Dominic Toninato scored only 58 seconds into the National Collegiate Hockey Conference game after a CC penalty only 14 seconds into the game.
UMD was called 30 seconds later, but UMD senior Alex Iafallo scored on a shorthanded chance to make it 2-0 on two Bulldogs shots.
Tonight’s game against No. 1 Minnesota Duluth is CC’s 35th against the nation’s top-ranked team dating back to the beginning of the national poll prior to the 1997-98 season. Colorado College is 12-18-4 against No. 1s.
The Tigers last defeated a No. 1-ranked team at home on Dec. 3, 2004 -- a 3-1 victory over Minnesota. Later that season, CC swept a weekend series against the top-ranked Gophers in Minneapolis. That is the last time the Tigers won consecutive games against a No. 1.
With Friday’s win, Duluth improved to 13-1 in its last 14 games on Olympic-sized ice.
The only line-up change from Game 1 is the absence of UMD defenseman Brenden Kotyk, who was injured during the first period on Friday.
Nice problem to have for Bulldogs
The Minnesota-Duluth athletic department flies a No. 1 flag outside its building when one of its teams (D2 women’s volleyball, D1 men’s ice hockey this season) are ranked best in the NCAA.
After 15-plus weeks, the gold and maroon flag was shredded by the Lake Superior winds and the athletic department, not coincidentally, announced a $2,500 fundraising goal on Monday.
“That’s a great idea and not a bad problem to have,” CC coach Mike Haviland said.
No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth
Goalies – Miska, Deery.
Extra – Radke.
Goalies – Leclerc, Shatzer.