Duluth repeats as NCAA men's hockey champion

Duluth repeats as NCAA men's hockey champion”

"I said, 'Fellas, done".

"It would be really special", Shepard said. It was the first goal that Larsson had allowed in the NCAA playoffs, after shutting out Ohio State and AIC to win the West Regional. With Chaffee ejected from the game and the Pioneers on another five-minute power play, they tested Lindberg late in the period, but didn't score.

Hunter Shepard stopped 28 shots and improved his NCAA Tournament career record to 7-0.

He's buzzing and with the addition of Makar, elite scorers, the season-long ride all capped off with the OT thriller from Thursday, Duluth will have its hands full in the championship. "He was our most consistent player", Mackay said about the junior goalie.

Recovering from the semifinal win quickly became just as important as preparing for the title game.

Mikey Anderson had a goal and two assists.

- UMD appeared to take the lead twice during the first period.

The storyline remains the same - it's a young, inexperienced UMass team on the national stage for the very first time, against a veteran, hardened Duluth team that's been here before.

Probably not by coincidence, when the Friars rallied from a one-goal, third-period deficit to upset Boston University for the 2015 national championship, they had finished tied for second in Hockey East and were the last at-large team to get into the NCAA tournament, receiving a No. 4 seed.

"It's frustrating because the game to that point where he thought he had to defend himself", UMass coach Greg Carvel told

- The Bulldogs controlled possession over the final nine minutes of the game. That energy will be needed Saturday as Chaffee and Hildenbrand will be fresher than most of the UMass players who sloughed through the nearly 76-plus minutes of hockey, most of which came with the Minutemen down players.

Makar made a point to wear his No. 16 UMass jersey to the podium. "I was asked if I wanted to use my challenge", Carle said. Our team has brought so much respect to this program. "Like I said a couple weeks ago, some guys don't get the opportunity to even make it to the regional level or the Frozen Four, so being in three championship games is going to be huge".

No penalty was called.

Hildenbrand gave Marc Del Gaizo a big hug when he joined the celebration in the locker room in appreciation for keeping the Minutemen's season alive for one more game.

The Minutemen responded by scoring three power-play goals in a span of 2:31.

Shepard saw nothing until the 4:14 mark of the national championship as UMD outshot UMass in the opening 20-minutes 14-5. Yep, that's a high hit to the head. Anthony was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Green Wave, totaling 72 points in 85 games before playing alongside his brother again in Muskegon where he was named USHL Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season.

- UMD closed out the game with two empty-net goals in the final 33 seconds to push the score to 4-1.

With all top six defensemen returning, the Bulldogs were adept in hampering the Minutemen speed through the neutral zone, and clogging up the middle in their own zone.

Chaffee was ejected with 3:48 left in the second period.

With the game tied, 1-1, the Friars had a great chance to seize control early in the third period when Minnesota Duluth was whistled for a pair of penalties 42 seconds apart, giving Providence a 5-on-3 with 15:34 remaining. "Coming in and knowing how hard it is to get here, what it takes to get here, cherishing every opportunity because we've been fortunate enough to win it previous year: We want that feeling again". "I think the thing we're going to be stressing tomorrow is we're not done yet". "We call them bench soldiers sometimes where you're just keeping it positive on the bench and keeping yourself and everybody else in it".

The NCAA Division I men's ice hockey committee announced Friday that Trivigno would be suspended for the game because of a hit that he made during Thursday night's semifinal game against Denver.

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