Jorgenson grew up in Virginia, so he watched a lot of Bulldog hockey and was a fan of them growing up, but he graduated from Minnesota - so he said he's a Gopher fan first, and Bulldogs second. The victor will take on the victor of Ohio State and Minnesota-Duluth for the national championship Saturday night. Dancs scored 17 seconds into the second period on a shot that went off a Notre Dame defenseman.
MI got the scoring started in the first period. "It was a good goal to get there".
The goal came with just 3.7 seconds remaining in the third period, and ended what Evans called a lull after MI tied the game with 5:22 remaining. " ... They played really well throughout the whole thing I can't say if we relaxed too much, they made some big plays". "That's a strong suit for us". We just had so much fun. I didn't see it go in-I just saw the whole bench topple over me just going insane. Despite that result, though, the Buckeyes were arguably the better team for the second and third periods of that game, out-scoring Minnesota Duluth by two goals to force overtime after falling to an early deficit.
Griffiths said he won't be at Xcel tonight because he has classes, but if UMD wins he'll be there cheering on the Bulldogs on Saturday in the championship game. With UMD's victory, the last at-large selection is 14-3 since 2013.
Then, a team without any guarantees waited to see if it would get another chance to show the world that it belonged in the NCAA tournament. Evans somehow came up with the puck sandwiched between Cooper Marody and Dexter Dancs, and put the puck under goalie Hayden Lavigne for a picture flawless goal. Cale Morris and the Irish penalty kill unit stepped up yet again to preserve the 3-2 lead.
The Bulldogs now have played 10 one-goal games in a row at the NCAA tournament, dating to a 3-2 quarterfinal loss to Boston University on March 28, 2015. We love being around each other, and that's the hardest part.
The press conference moderator in the bowels of the Xcel Energy Center, who has a folksy, conversational way of performing his duties, asked the Irish players with the clock ticking after midnight Thursday if they had considered what the last few weeks had done to their coach's heart and if they had considered apologizing.
Two goals in the opening 3:04 of the game also helped fire up the building for an early evening game.
Lavigne made 25 saves.
"It's like a hometown feel in there", Anderson said.
But he underwent a bone marrow transplant in August 2010 and was back at work just more than three months later. "Everyone knows we can rally together".