Montreal Canadiens: Jake Evans sends Notre Dame to the Frozen Four Finals



Duluth lost 3-2 to Denver in the title game last season in Chicago.

Duluth's lone NCAA title came in 2011 when the Bulldogs beat MI 3-2 in overtime, the last time the Frozen Four was played at Xcel Energy Center. "I'll be there on the bench, and I'm able to focus on the play during the game". We knew we had some good freshmen coming in. "I just feel bad for our team".

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

The realization had already set in that he would never wear that MI maize and blue again and Dancs' emotions couldn't be hidden. "I thought we'd end up going into overtime". The seniors have been outstanding for us this year. I couldn't be prouder of them and to hear them say (that this was the best year of their lives).

MI blew a 2-0 second period lead, allowing three straight Notre Dame goals before tying the game back up in the third period with just over five minutes left to play. Karson Kuhlman is the reason the Bulldogs are playing Ohio State at 5 p.m. Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Irish have never won the national title. The victor will face MI or Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the national championship game.

"It's heartbreaking", senior forward Dexter Dancs said.

"You gotta tip your cap to Duluth, but our guys felt we were on our heels right away", Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said. We didn't have the most talent. "We dug ourselves a hole, but I couldn't be more proud of my group". They started defending better, only allowing MI seven total shots in the period.

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"There was a lot leading up to it", said Kuhlman, who has 12 goals and five assists this year.

U-M for the most part dominated the first period of play, but was unable to score a few times. Notre Dame won both the conference regular-season and postseason championships in their first year as a member of the league. Calderone and junior defenseman Joseph Cecconi got the assists.

The Bulldogs struck twice early on as they did against Air Force, played gritty defense in the middle portion of the game and then hung on at the end after allowing a third-period goal.

The teams went to the second intermission tied at two, but that didn't last long into the third and final period.

The Irish took the lead with under five seconds left in the third period, five minutes after the Wolverines tied the score at three-all. "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". His brother Nick, a sophomore, and freshman forward Jack Becker assisted on the play. Kuhlman was the one who started the rally 6:38 into the second period with an unassisted goal.

"I was a baseball kid growing up and didn't even know how to ice skate", Griffiths said. In the second half they played together and for each other and they put the team first. "The guy going wide, we just couldn't get a stick".

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