Kozek's overtime goal sends Sioux men's hockey to Frozen Four
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 03/30/2008
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Andrew Kozek prepares to fire his game-winning shot past Wisconsin goalie Shane Connelly. Photo courtesy of Larry Radloff.
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations

MADISON, Wis. -- Sioux forward Andrew Kozek (Jr., Sicamous, B.C.) scored 1:47 into overtime to lift UND to a 3-2 win over Wisconsin on Sunday in the NCAA Midwest Region championship game and earn the Fighting Sioux a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four on April 10 and 12 in Denver, Colo.

It will be the fourth consecutive trip to the Frozen Four and 18th overall for the Sioux, who will take on Boston College in the semifinals of the Frozen Four on Thursday, April 10.

North Dakota (28-10-4 overall) came back from a 2-0 deficit after two periods to beat Wisconsin, which finished its season with a 16-17-7 overall record.

Kozek's game winner came after Kozek wheeled and fired a rebound of a Robbie Bina (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) shot past Wisconsin goalie Shane Connelly. Bina's shot came after T.J. Oshie (Jr., Warroad, Minn.) won a faceoff back to Bina.

UND goalie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) made a season-high 41 saves in the win and kept the Sioux in the game before the comeback. Lamoureux was named most outstanding player of the NCAA Midwest Regional and was also named to the region all-tournament team.

After Wisconsin opened up a 2-0 lead while dominating the first two periods, Sioux forward Rylan Kaip (Sr., Radville, Saskatchewan) cut the Badgers' lead to 2-1 when he wheeled and fired a shot past Connelly 3:33 into the third period.

The Sioux tied it 2-2 less than a minute later when Ryan Duncan (Jr., Calgary, Alberta) took a drop pass from Oshie and fired a high wrist shot from the left circle that clanged in off the crossbar at 4:20.

Neither team was able to score the rest of the way in the third period, sending the game into overtime.

Wisconsin broke a scoreless tie with a goal by defenseman Jamie McBain 5:38 into the second period. A Badgers' power play had just expired when UW forward Kyle Turris fired a saucer pass from the left point through traffic to McBain, who was crashing the net on the right side, for a tap-in goal.

The Badgers had another outstanding chance three minutes later when Michael Davies had a breakaway, but Davies was stopped by a prone Lamoureux.

Wisconsin made it 2-0 at 19:21 of the second period with a power-play goal by Cody Goloubef. With just four seconds left in the UW power play, Goloubef fired a hard shot to the right of the net that ricocheted off the end boards and then deflected into the net off Lamoureux's back.

The Badgers outshot UND 17-10 in the first period, 13-9 in the second period and 12-10 in the third period.

Joining Lamoureux on the all-tournament team were Oshie, Duncan and defenseman Chay Genoway (So., Morden, Manitoba).

NOTES: UND is 3-1-3 in overtime games this year ... Wisconsin outshot UND 43-31 in the game ... The Sioux were 0-of-3 on the power play, while Wisconsin was 1-of-4.

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