North Dakota has a pretty good goalie. A fellow who transferred from Alabama Huntsville, junior Clarke Saunders.
He stopped 26 shots on Friday at Colorado Springs World Arena, but the guy on the other end was much better.
Joe Howe, a senior from Plymouth who played for Wayzata High School back when, stopped 47 shots as Colorado College beat No. 7 North Dakota 5-3 with a big third period.
Senior center Scott Winkler scored his ninth and 10th goals --- 87 seconds apart -- and had one of his two assists in the third period for CC. His linemates had a good night, too.
Alexander Krushelnyski, whose dad plays in the NHL, had a goal and three assists. Charlie Taft, a sophomore wing from Edina, had three assists. So that's 11 points for CC's second line.
Drake Caggiula had two goals for UND, one in between Winkler's two tallies in the third period.
UND attempted 84 shots, 47 were at the net, 17 were blocked and 20 missed. So the team formerly known as the Fighting Sioux were the aggressor much of the night.
But two CC players from Minnesota -- Howe and Taft -- helped control them. And Winkler? Well, he just has a hot stick. He had 14 points in nine games in November.
A door to stories from Grand Forks and Colorado Springs media on this game can be found
here. Thanks Joe Paisley.
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The Gophers, who have won eight of their past nine games, have to stay hot in the stretch run to make the NCAA tournament.
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