GRAND FORKS — Danny Kristo had three points and Zane Gothberg made 31 saves as the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team beat Michigan Tech 5-3 Friday night in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.
Kristo had two goals and an assist for third-seeded North Dakota (20-10-7), which took a one-game lead in the best-of-3 playoff series. The second game is today.
Kristo had one of two UND power-play goals. He added an insurance goal late in the third period. Derek Rodwell, Michael Parks and Dillon Simpson also scored for UND.
Gothberg had 13 saves in the second period against the Huskies (12-19-4), who outshot UND 34-24.
Ryan Furne, Riley Sweeney and Jacob Johnstone had goals for 10th-seeded Michigan Tech, which got 19 stops from Jamie Phillips.
UND has now beaten the Tigers three times this season, by a combined score of 15-5.
Michigan Tech is 0-16-3 when not scoring first.
This is the fourth time in the last six years UND has hosted the Huskies in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. UND has home ice for the first-round of the playoffs for the 11th straight season, the longest active streak in the WCHA.
MTU 1 1 1 — 1
UND 2 1 2 — 5
First period: 1. N, Michael Parks (Rocco Grimaldi), 7:03. 2. M, Ryan Furne (Alex Petan, Jujhar Khaira), 14:38 (pp). 3. N, Dillon Simpson (Danny Kristo, Corban Knight), 18:07 (pp).
Second period: 4. M, Jacob Johnstone (Furne, Brad Stebner), 1:48. 5. N, Derek Rodwell (unassisted), 15:45.
Third period: 6. N, Danny Kristo (Dillon Simpson, Joe Gleason), 4:33 (pp). 7. M, Riley Sweeney (unassisted), 15:14. 8. N, Kristo (Brendan O’Donnell, Carter Rowney), 16:12.
Goalie saves: M — Jamie Phillips 4-7-8—19; UND — Zane Gothberg 10-13-8—31.
Penalties: M 11 minors, 1 10-minute misconduct, 1 game misconduct; N 7 minors, 1 major, 1 game misconduct.