Alaskans spur CC to OT defeat of NoDak in WCHA Final Five

Doyle Woody,

Alaskans played a part of Colorado College's 4-3 overtime upset of North Dakota tonight at the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul, Minn.

Freshman Jared Hanson of Palmer authored the game-winning goal 4:52 into extra time to send the Tigers to a semifinal Friday against league co-champion Minnesota. (UPDATE: Or so the live scoring reported -- the goal was later credited to Peter Stoykewych, so good on ya, Peter)

Freshman Hunter Fejes of Anchorage gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead with his goal early in the third period before North Dakota's Drake Caggiula tied the game with his second goal of the night.

Also, CC senior captain William Rapuzzi of Anchorage furnished an assist.

Rapuzzi owns 15-20--35 totals in 40 games; Fejes is 8-6--14 in 39 games; and Hanson is 2-3--5 in 33 games. The Tigers also include sophomore winger Scott Wamsganz of Anchorage, who did not play tonight.

Because they are only tied for 24th in the Pairwise Rankings, which mimic the formula to decide most of the teams in the 16-team NCAA tournament, the Tigers basically have to win the Final Five to make the NCAAs. North Dakota is tied for 10th in the Pairwise.

Friday's two semis in St. Paul are Wisconsin-St. Cloud State and CC-Minnesota. Minnesota is coached by former UAF bench boss Don Lucia, who was head coach at CC before hooking up with the Gophers.

Doyle Woody,