MI bows out in Frozen Four tourney

Otis Hoffman
Апреля 7, 2018

Pearson said there's no good easy way to lose. "I thought we'd end up going into overtime".

The other game will see Big Ten champion Notre Dame and Blackhawks defenseman prospect Dennis Gilbert take on MI.

And Ohio State's unpredicted loss at the hands of Minnesota-Duluth in the other semifinal matchup just an hour prior proved that playoff hockey is anyone's game. He has played in every game in his career (158 consecutive) and was named the East Regional Most Outstanding Player after scoring two goals vs. Michigan Tech.

Unfortunately, Notre Dame took their foot off the gas a little allowing MI to get back into it. Freshman defenseman Quinn Hughes drove down the ice with electric dangles and delivered a pass through the crease that just missed its mark.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - They were last, the final team invited to the NCAA tournament. Evans somehow came up with the puck sandwiched between Cooper Marody and Dexter Dancs, and put the puck under goalie Hayden Lavigne for a picture flawless goal.

Irish Fall In National Title Game

Saturday night's matchup figures to be particularly personal for the five Minnesota products on the Irish roster who know numerous Duluth players dating back to high school battles on the ice. I just brought it hard to the net like I've been doing all year and was pretty fortunate to see it hit the back of the net. And it went in.

Notre Dame outshot the Wolverines, 29-28.

Junior forward Andrew Oglevie's deadpanned retort? "I think the big change for our team, we've played much better defense in the last month and a half, two months". The Fighting Irish's pressure - highlighted by its nine shots less than eight minutes into the second - was bound to yield something, and its best offensive performer simply lit the fuse.

"Generally, instinctively, I think that (Minnesota has) captured the market on elite players because of the coaching and the system in which they play", Jackson said. "Our program in this tournament, we've had a lot of one-goal games".

They persisted as they have all season, scrapping for another tight win in a run so surprising, Sandelin hesitated as he tried to describe his return to the national title game with his young team. But at the same time, the Wolverines dominated the first.

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"You hear them say this was the best year for them, well it's up there for me too", he said.

The play started with Jack Jenkins winning a battle along the far boards in the Notre Dame zone.

But Michigan had a rally of its own, forging a 3-3 tie on a Michael Pastujov goal during a scramble in front of the net.

"Yeah, it shows our depth", Calderone said. UMD held the Buckeyes to four shots in a UMD-dominated first period that resulted in 17 shots on goal and a 2-0 lead for the Bulldogs.

Tufte, a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars who has 16 goals and 13 assists this season, returned in the second period and finished the game.

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A one-timer from Evans tied it at 6:20.

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