PHILADELPHIA – After the final buzzer sounded, and after the postgame handshake ended, the University of North Dakota men’s hockey players stood on the ice, not sure what to do next.
In one of the most stunning finishes in the rivalry’s 60-year history, Minnesota scored a short-handed goal with less than a second left to beat North Dakota 2-1 in an NCAA Frozen Four semifinal game in Wells Fargo Center.
Justin Holl put a shot just inside the right post – his first goal of the season – just before time expired to send the Gophers to the national championship game Saturday night against Union (N.Y.).
UND, which made a surprising run to the Frozen Four as a No. 4 seed, ends its year at 25-14-3.