BOSTON (AP) — Reggie Lutz scored to interrupt a second-period tie and Minnesota State scored 3 times within the third within the Frozen Four semifinal on Thursday night time to beat big-city rival Minnesota 5-1 and advance to the nationwide championship sport.
Minnesota State will play for its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night time towards Denver, which beat Michigan 3-2 in extra time within the the early semifinal.
Benton Maass, Ondrej Pavel, David Silye and Brendan Furry additionally scored for Minnesota State, and Hobey Baker Award finalist Dryden McKay stopped 16 pictures. Justen Shut made 27 saves earlier than he was pulled for an additional skater with 3:51 left, however the Gophers couldn’t convert and Furry delivered an empty-netter.
In a Frozen Four of bluebloods which have mixed to win 22 NCAA titles, Minnesota State is the one faculty that has by no means taken residence the trophy. However the Mankato-based Mavericks had been the winningest group within the nation this 12 months — they claimed victory No. 38 on Thursday — and the one one of many 4 to have reached the nationwide semifinals final 12 months as properly.
Minnesota took the lead with 11 minutes left within the first interval when MSU turned it over within the impartial zone to arrange a two-on-none towards the goalie. Matthew Knies and Bryce Brodzinski handed it between themselves 3 times earlier than Knies slammed it previous McKay on the Gophers’ first shot of the sport.
Maass tied it on wraparound about seven minutes into the second interval, and about six minutes later Lutz discovered himself with the puck on the aspect of the online. He swiped at it twice, unable to get it previous Shut, then went behind the online and wrapped it round to make it 2-1.
The Mavericks made it 3-1 with two minutes gone within the third when Jack McNeely’s shot from the purpose was deflected in entrance by Pavel.
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