Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Minnesota Duluth beats Ohio State in NCAA semifinals

Minnesota Duluth beats Ohio State in NCAA semifinals

The teams split four games in the regular season.

Evans scored with 5.2 seconds remaining Thursday night to give the No. 2-ranked Fighting Irish a 4-3 win over No. 10 MI in the semifinals of the NCAA hockey championship in St. Paul, Minn.

The Ohio State women's hockey team also made the Frozen Four this season, before losing 1-0 in overtime to Clarkson in the semifinals. Kuhlman played his 163rd consecutive game Thursday, the longest streak of any active Division I player and one short of the program record (Jack Connolly, 2008-12). We finally started to play. I was just trying to get a shot through the defensemen.

"But it's good to be back here".

But Michigan didn't hold back either. Sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard was the high school goaltender of the year as a senior at Grand Rapids.

"I heard him yell "chip" so I just chipped it off the boards and got it out into the neutral zone and he was coming with a lot of speed", Thomas said.

Ohio State finished their year with a record of 26-10-5.

For anyone who followed the NCAA women's basketball tournament, this will sound familiar: Notre Dame won a trip to the NCAA championship with a dramatic last-second game-winner. The Bulldogs (24-16-3) will face the Michigan/Notre Dame victor in national championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

"It's heartbreaking", senior forward Dexter Dancs said. " ... They played really well throughout the whole thing I can't say if we relaxed too much, they made some big plays".

"It was insane. I remember that we were sitting close to the UMD section, the players came over to the section and somebody even had a print of the Duluth News Tribune in advance with UMD wins the championship on it". "We dug ourselves a hole, but I couldn't be more proud of my group".

MI got the scoring started in the first period.

U-M for the most part dominated the first period of play, but was unable to score a couple of times. However, a power play chance saw Notre Dame cut the lead in half thanks to a nice wrister from Andrew Oglevie at the left circle. A rush up ice by Cal Burke and Dylan Malmquist led to the go-ahead goal 1:08 into the final 20 minutes of the game.

Raabe, a Capistrano Beach native, scored four goals and added two assists in his first season at MI.

These same two teams will meet twice in late October in South Bend. "At this time of year, I've seen it many times, anybody can win and it's the team that's playing the best at this time of the year".

And when the Bulldogs got the winning goal in overtime, Jorgenson said, the entire arena erupted.

"I don't know what it went off of". They drove wide and just threw it across the crease and they were able to get a stick on it. "Tough way to lose".

Pearson said there's no good easy way to lose. "They have some really talented players". "From the bench, it didn't look like it was going to amount to much".

Notre Dame outshot the Wolverines, 29-28. "Every one of our last four, five, six games have been one-goal games".

Added Calderone, Michigan's captain, "The has been the best year of my life playing hockey".

"I told my parents right away I'm only going to get 12", said Gross, who scored tickets from a few teammates to reach that number.

MI finishes the season 22-15-3.

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