Mar 11, 2014 9:58 PM by Jordan Mason
Braced to take on the University of North Dakota in a best-of-three playoff series for the first time ever, Tigers travel to Grand Forks, N.D., this week with a shot at advancing to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's inaugural Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis.
Starting time at Engelstad Arena (11,634 seating capacity) is 7:38 pm CT Friday, then 7:08 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, if necessary, as CC tries to extend its season with a pair of victories.
Colorado College, 6-22-6 overall, finished seventh in the NCHC standings with a 6-13-5-1 mark in conference play after falling twice (7-4, 4-1) at home last week to St. Cloud State University. No. 9/10-ranked North Dakota, which settled for a split with Western Michigan University in Grand Forks last Friday and Saturday, is 20-11-3 overall and wound up 15-9-0-0 in league play, three points behind regular-season champion SCSU.
The Tigers have visited UND for the opening round of their league playoffs three times previously. They claimed a single-elimination victory (5-4) in 1969. They later were ousted twice under the WCHA's old two-game, total-goals format in 1979 (6-3, 7-3) and in 1987, when they actually won the second contest (2-1) after dropping the first (6-2).
North Dakota, which also beat CC four consecutive times at the WCHA Final Five before losing a 4-3 overtime decision there last March, won the only NCAA tournament contest between the teams (5-2) in the 1997 semifinals and has prevailed in eight of 11 post-season meetings altogether.
The teams have played each other a total of 230 times in the past, with UND owning a 141-79-10 advantage including a pair of home-ice victories (5-3, 3-2) in January of this year. CC is 5-12-3 in 20 appearances altogther at Engelstad Arena as well as 20-84-6 in 120 all-time encounters in Grand Forks.