How to watch MI vs. Notre Dame hockey in the Frozen Four

UMD (23-16-3) faces Ohio State (26-9-5) at 5 p.m. Thursday in the first national semifinal game at Xcel Energy Center.

"I'm extremely proud of our team, especially our seniors", MI coach Mel Pearson said. With AP Photos.Louie Roehl and Jared Thomas scored in the first 3:04 and Minnesota Duluth held off Ohio State 2-1 night to reach the NCAA championship game for the second straight year.

Minnesota Duluth goaltender Hunter Shepard makes one of his 19 saves during the Bulldogs' 2-1 Frozen Four semifinal win over the Buckeyes on Thursday, April 5 at Xcel Energy Center.

"I offered him a contract past year, but he said he wanted to finish school", said Bergevin.

And they squeezed into the NCAA tournament only after Ohio State lost to Notre Dame in the Big Ten tournament title game, setting off a string of fortuitous events. Despite that result, though, the Buckeyes were arguably the better team for the second and third periods of that game, out-scoring Minnesota Duluth by two goals to force overtime after falling to an early deficit. The UMD defense performed in the first period Thursday like it had at the West Regional two weeks prior in Sioux Falls with suffocating defense that kept attempted shots from turning to shots on goal.

"I hope it gives us a big advantage", UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. "But, we played well as a team".

"Whether that's a character thing, I don't know, but it's awesome".

"After my first circle of the arena, an older gentleman made a comment about my Bulldog jersey and how I was supporting the right team". "'I'm just going to do everything in my control to stick with it and hopefully get a couple pucks on net.' Obviously it worked out there where our line got rewarded for playing good hockey". This will be their fourth title-game appearance in six trips to the Frozen Four.


"I think our game plan was to keep them off the power play", Calderone said.

Notre Dame is now riding a four-game win streak, with all wins coming by a single goal.

Last season, the Bulldogs fell to Denver in the title game in Chicago.

Puck drop on Saturday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. "Our program in this tournament, we've had a lot of one-goal games". "I think everybody anticipated that it would be even better than it was a year ago". The Bulldogs were the last at-large entrant to make the 16-team NCAA field.

MI (22-15-3) led 1-0 after the first period on a Tony Calderone goal, and doubled its lead just 17 seconds into the middle period when Dexter Dancs banked a shot off the body of Irish defenseman Dennis Gilbert.

These same two teams will meet twice in late October in South Bend.

Duluth sophomore defenseman Nick Wolff kidded that he texted Irish junior and fellow Minnesotan Malmquist to thank him ("You saved us" was the gist of the conversation according to Wolff) for giving the Bulldogs a slot.

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