North Dakota rallies to beat Niagara 2-1

Andrew MacWilliam and Danny Kristo scored in a 57-second span
early in the third period in North Dakota’s 2-1 comeback victory
over Niagara on Friday night in the NCAA West Regional
semifinals.

Second-seeded North Dakota (22-12-7) will play Yale on Saturday
in the regional final for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.
Fourth-seeded Yale beat top-seeded Minnesota 3-2 in overtime in the
opener.

”The reward for our team was our resiliency,” North Dakota
coach Dave Hakstol said. ”You have to give Niagara a lot of credit
We knew they were a hard hockey team to play. They played that way
for 60 minutes.”

MacWilliam tied it with an unassisted goal, his second goal of
the season, at 1:56 of the third, and Kristo put North Dakota in
front at 2:53 with his 26th goal.

”The puck game to me and I showed some patience, which is not
like me,” MacWilliam said. ”Fortunately, it went in.”

Third-seeded Niagara finished the season 23-10-5.

”It was a heck of a season for our team and our program”
Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. ”I’m pleased with how hard we
played. People have to be impressed with how hard we played. It was
an unbelievable ride.”

Jason Beattie scored for the Purple Eagles in the second
period.

”We turned the game around a little bit at the end of the
second period,” Hakstol said. ”We survived Niagara’s push and
things turned our way.”

Zane Gothberg made 28 saves for North Dakota, and Carsen Chubak
stopped 41 shots for Niagara.

”He’s a heck of a goalie,” MacMilliam said about Chubak. ”He
dragged his team a long way this season.”