Mar 15, 2012 at 9:27 am
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KNSI) - Huskies season came to an end Thursday night as the University of North Dakota topped the Huskies 3-1 in the first round of the Final Five.
UND struck first, seven minutes into the first period, North Dakota Forward Corban Knight threw a puck on goal from behind net that defelected off a Husky into the net. Knight was credited for the goal, his 14th on the season. But the Huskies fought back. With under four minutes left in the first period, Ben Hanowski hammered home a power play score for his 23rd goal of the season to tie the game up at 1-1. The goal was assisted by Nic Dowd and Andrew Prochno, as the two teams headed into the first intermission tied at two.
The second period saw only one goal, unfortunatley for the Huskies, it was for North Dakota. Late in the period, Brock Nelson was able to get his 23rd goal of the season by Husky Goaltender Mike Lee.
In the third period, the Huskies had some chances but couldn't get a break. Late in the third, Coach Bob Motzko pulled Huskies Goalie Mike Lee, but the Huskies weren't able to cash in, as UND got an odd man rush and Brock Nelson added a second goal, an empty netter. Danny Kristo added another one seconds later.
The win means that North Dakota will be facing top ranked Minnesota in the second round of the WCHA Final Five, that game getting started Friday at 7p.m. As for the Huskies, they finish the season 17-17-5 on the season. Tune into to the Bob Motzko show on Monday, 6 p.m., live from the Green Mill, right here on you home for Husky Hockey, AM 1450 KNSI and FM 103.3.