North Dakota ousts Colorado College 4-3

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota scored three times in the first period and held on to beat Colorado College 4-3 to advance in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

Brendan O'Donnell scored what proved to be the game-winning goal early in the third period Sunday.

Alex Roos' goal at 18:31 gave the Tigers a chance.

Nick Mattson, Troy Stecher and Stephane Pattyn scored in the first period for 10th-ranked UND (22-12-3).

Alex Krushelnyski and Michael Morin scored for the Tigers (7-24-6), who forced a third game in the best-of-three series with a 3-2 overtime win Saturday.

Zane Gothberg had 27 saves for North Dakota and Josh Thorimbert stopped 26 shots for the Tigers.

North Dakota took a 3-2 lead into the third period. It improved to 18-1-0 when leaving after two periods.

North Dakota is the only seeded team to avoid an upset in the first round and advance to next weekend's NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis.