University of North Dakota men's hockey claimed a one game lead on Colorado College in the first round of the NCHC playoffs.
UND hit the ice sluggish, going down 2-0 early in the first period. A start forward Drake Caggiula said probably had to do with some nerves in young guys. Head coach Dave Hakstol disagreed though. Saying at this point in the season he doesn't believe you can put the blame on nerves.
Digging itself out of the 2-0 deficit began with UND defenseman Jordan Schmaltz stripping Colorado College's Jeff Collett on a breakaway and instead of trailing 3-0, the green and white turned the play the other way and Drake Caggiula buried his 10th goal of the season.
The second period proved once again to be a strong turning point for UND. Michael Parks tied it at 7:14 on a power play. He put it glove side from in tight and claimed his 11th goal of the season, along with a tie game for the determined UND squad.
Then it was former Fargo Force forward Bryn Chyzyk who took the game winner in the middle period.
Brendan O'Donnell buried a turnaround shot from the slot at 8:08 of the third period to close the scoring.
The two will meet again Saturday, at 7:37 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena where UND has the chance to close out the first weekend of the NCHC conference tournament and advance to Minneapolis, MN for the inaugural Frozen Faceoff.