GRAND FORKS — C.J. Eick’s goal late in the third period lifted Michigan Tech over the University North Dakota men’s hockey team 2-1 on Saturday night and forced a third game in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association postseason series.
Game three will be played tonight with the winner moving on to the Final Five. North Dakota won the opener 5-3 on Friday night.
Tanner Kero gave the Huskies (13-19-4) a 1-0 lead 20 seconds into the second period. Blake Pietila assisted on the goal.
Ryan Furne and Brad Stebner assisted on the game-winner for Michigan Tech.
The lead lasted until 14:57 of the third period when Danny Kristo scored to tie the game.
Clarke Saunders made 29 saves for North Dakota, with a high of 11 in the second period. Michigan Tech outshot North Dakota by 31.
Huskies goalie Pheonix Copley made 29 saves, 13 in the third period.
Rocco Grimaldi assisted Kristo for UND.
UND holds a 147-94-10 advantage in the all-time series
UND is 31-9 in the WCHA playoffs under ninth-year head coach Dave Hakstol
UND has won the last three consecutive Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA playoff champions, the only team in league history to win three league tournaments in a row.
UND had won its last 14 WCHA playoff games on its way to those three straight Broadmoor Trophies.
Under Hakstol, UND is 17-4 in the WCHA first round and has yet to lose a series.
Hakstol now has had at least 20 wins in each of his nine seasons behind the bench.
MTU 0 1 1 — 2
UND 0 0 0 — 1
First period: No scoring.
Second period: 1. M, Tanner Kero (Blake Pietila), 0:20.
Third period: 2. N, Danny Kristo (Rocco Grimaldi), 14:57. 3. M, C.J. Eick (Ryan Furne, Brad Stebner), 17:58.
Goalie saves: MTU — Pheonix Copley 9-7-13—29; N — Clarke Saunders 10-11-8—29.
Penalties: M 3 minors, 1 major, 1 game miscondut; N 4 minors.