Fighting Sioux 23 from USCHO's postseason tournament simulation from last night.
NCHC ChampionshipDenver v. North DakotaLongtime rivals Denver and North Dakota met this evening at the X for the NCHC Tournament Championship. The Pioneers struck early in the first, when Cole Guttman’s wrister from the far circle snuck through Peter Thome’s pads to put DU up 1-0. Magnus Chrona kept the Fighting Hawks off the scoreboard in the first, making 9 saves, and after twenty minutes of play, Denver held a one-goal lead. DU nearly added to their advantage early in the second on the powerplay, but Ian Mitchell’s slapper rang off the far post. North Dakota finally solved Chrona midway through the game when Jordan Kawaguchi lifted a wrister over Chrona’s shouler to knot the score at 1-1. UND took a 2-1 lead moments later when Cole Smith won a puck battle in the far corner and found a streaking Jacob Bernard-Docker at the top of the near circle, who ripped a one-timer past DU’s netminder. North Dakota struck once more before the end of the second, when Colton Poolman lit the lamp on the powerplay on a laser from the point. North Dakota’s two-goal lead would not last long however, as Denver pulled back within a goal on the opening shift of the third period, as Bobby Brink’s wrister found just enough space between Thome’s glove and the far post. With the next goal being key, both sides pushed hard offensively, but the goaltenders were up to the task, keeping the score 3-2 into the waning minutes of the third. With the goalie pulled, the Pioneers mounted a furious push to equal the score, but Westin Michaud deflected a cross-ice pass out to the neutral zone and then outpaced Ian Mitchell to the puck and sent the puck into an empty net to give North Dakota a 4-2 lead, which would prove to be the final score, as North Dakota earned its first ever NCHC Tournament Championship.st season simulation from last night.