College Hockey:
Minnesota-Duluth wins its first national championship, beating Michigan in OT

— The Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs made history on Saturday night, and it was a hometown boy who will forever be remembered as the hero.

Kyle Schmidt, who grew up just minutes outside of Duluth in Hermantown, Minn., scored the overtime game-winning goal 3:22 into the extra session, setting off an explosion of the 19,222 fans at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., as the Bulldogs won their first NCAA championship in school history, 3-2, over Michigan.

Schmidt’s game-winner came as the Bulldogs had pinned the Wolverines in their defensive zone in the overtime. The puck cycled below the net to Travis Oleksuk. As J.T. Brown drove the net on the near post, Schmidt skated unnoticed to the back door and buried the puck into the open net.

“I didn’t really do a whole lot,” said Schmidt of the goal. “My linemates were working their butts off in the corner. Luckily, it was a gimmie, because I was probably way too nervous to do anything else.”

 (Melissa Wade)

Kyle Schmidt got the overtime winner for Minnesota-Duluth, which has its first men's hockey national title (photo: Melissa Wade).

Minnesota-Duluth is the first new champion of the tournament since Maine won in 1993.

While the Bulldogs earned their first rings, Michigan was denied expanding their NCAA record total of nine championships. If the Wolverines had gotten to 10, no doubt the main reason would’ve been the play of goaltender Shawn Hunwick.

Hunwick, who made 40 saves in Thursday’s 2-0 upset of North Dakota, nearly stole yet another game in which the Michigan team was outplayed by its opponent. The Bulldogs outshot Michigan, 38-24 in the game, and out-attempted them, 65-38.

“[Minnesota-Duluth] was the better team,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “I didn’t think our team really got to play their best hockey this weekend for one reason or another. Shawn Hunwick was terrific, and gave us a chance to win but it wasn’t to be.”

One major reason that Michigan was outshot so badly was penalties. Minnesota-Duluth got nine chances on the power play in the game and registered 11 shots, compared to just four power plays that produced two shots for Michigan.

At the same time, Michigan’s penalty killing unit did a great job holding the Bulldogs at bay. Minnesota-Duluth had scored eight power-play goals in the three games on the tournament, but were able to muster just one in Saturday’s final.

The game began with a somewhat sloppy, disjointed first period. Carl Hagelin looked to give Michigan the lead just 4:20 in when he poked home a mishandled rebound of a Mac Bennett shot. Referee Tim Benedetto though, ruled that he had lost sight of the puck prior to it entering the net, keeping the game scoreless.

“I kind of knew they weren’t going to allow the goal,” said Hagelin. “I heard the whistle when I touched the puck. We tried to keep going.”

Keep going Michigan did, and eventually got that lead. Mike Rust won the draw back to one of Thursday’s stars, Ben Winnett. He tallied the game-winning goal in the semifinal win and kept the scoring touch going, firing a quick shot through a screen to beat Kenny Reiter (22 saves) at 14:42 for the 1-0 lead.

In the second, the Bulldogs drew even at 1:39 when Oleksuk buried a rebound of a blocked Brady Lamb shot.

Midway through the period, Minnesota-Duluth took its first lead on what was a major momentum shift end-to-end. At 8:28, Bulldogs standout Jack Connolly picked a loose puck headed for the goal out of midair with his stick, saving a goal.

Just 31 seconds later, Bennett headed to the box for hooking and the ever-dangerous Bulldogs power play struck.

“That [momentum swing] was huge,” said Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin. “Thank God Jack’s got great hand-eye coordination. You always look for those [swings].”

Once on the man advantage, the Bulldogs got a goal from an unlikely hero. Fourth line center Max Tardy, who was moved up to the power play this weekend after practicing there during the regional tournament, attempted a cross-crease pass that was blocked, but it ended up right back on the rookie’s stick. He made no mistake, burying his first-career goal at 9:31 for a 2-1 lead.

However, Michigan answered with a late goal, as its own fourth line struck. Greg Pateryn’s shot for the left point hit traffic in front of Reiter. Jeff Rohrkemper, with his back to the net, sent a high backhanded shot on goal that Reiter never saw, sending the game to the third tied at two.

In the third, the amount of quality chances was lessened for each team, but that didn’t keep each goaltender from having to make their best stops of the game. It was Hunwick first, who made a nifty glove save at 10:20 on Mike Connolly, who walked in untouched through the slot, firing a low snap shot.

Reiter though, one-upped his goaltending counterpart when Hagelin and Louie Caporusso walked in on a short-handed two-on-one. Hagelin slid a perfect pass that forced Reiter to make an incredible sliding pad save on Caporusso and keep the game tied through regulation.

That set up the dramatic ending, and something that the Minnesota-Duluth faithful have waited for far too long: a championship.

“We’ve got a great group of guys,” said Sandelin. “We’ve got the right pieces of the puzzle. But everything’s got to come together, and this group was resilient all year long.

“I’ve had a design on the [championship] ring planned since I got here. So now I get to put it into reality.”

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  • Mich fan

    Congrats to UMD, Great game and fun to watch.

    • Suture1

      Thanks for being classy Mich. I am still not over the sting of our loss, but this game was clean, fast and a lot of fun to watch. More than anything II am happy for Scotty Sandelin. I don’t know much about Michigan do I could be wrong here…..but they seemed to be a half step slower tonight than they did in the semi game. Mich, just so you know, I was worried about Michigan more than any other team in the tourney. My concerns were certainly valid. Nobody took it to the Sioux this year line UM. Also, Hakstal got out coached. Congratulations on a great year Michigan. Maybe our teams will tangle again next year??….;). Congrats to Duluth, they poured their hearts into this game and got the lucky bounce. See you all next year…..take care…:)

      • Mich fan

        Yes I think you are right about the half step slower tonight, and kinda ran out of gas at the end. It was a great game to watch , I wanted Micigan to win , but loved seing UMD win their first N.C. they both played with alot of heart. As far as you still feeling the sting, I have been there, if you have read my post you know I am an old dog. Look at it in another light you took your girlfriend to a FF (UND was playing in), got to sit in an awesome suite, drink beer and watch hockey. Life is good. Take care

    • Johnston Robert M

      Its so nice to see such an exciting hockey game!! and at the end each team can be proud of what they have accomplished!

  • guest

    Congrats to UMD on a hard-earned victory. Although I’m ultimately disappointed that my Wolverines lost, there’s no disgrace in losing to a team like Duluth, who just outplayed Michigan and made fewer mistakes. For once, the refs didn’t make a decision that cost either team the game, and it was nice to see a nailbiter of a final since we haven’t had one of those in a few years. While Michigan won’t be happy letting that title slip from their grasp, they can be proud they overachieved their way to the final. And as usual, it’s nice to see an underdog like UMD earn their first title. What a great way to end a great season.

    • Harrischips

      I want to congratulate the UMD Hockey Team for a well deserved championship run and victory tonight. I think this is just tremendous for college hockey that the championship trophy will rest in Duluth. A great hockey town in a great hockey state. I am sure you folks will be partying your ass off all along the North Shore!! I also want to congratulate the Wolverines for a great run beating some great teams of UNO, CC and UND. Hats off to the WCHA as well. I am a lifetime resident in Michigan and a lifelong UofM hockey fan will close ties to the program. Even though I am disappointed that UofM lost the championship game, I am still a great fan of the game and appreciate good quality hockey. Congrats again UMD players, coaches, family and fans!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDQ4LPCQPS4ROQLVQ5VCREYJVY Geoff

    Congrats to the Bulldogs, they earned it .

    • B.D.

      Great game.

  • Qman1026

    Congratulations to UMD. I got to see them only in the East Regionals in Bridgeport, CT, but they were a great and resilient group. The games there and especially the games in the Frozen Four were often better than most professional games I’ve seen.The championship game was terrific, fun and exciting to watch!

  • JR

    Congratulations to UMD! The fellas played their hearts out and this was a well deserved win!

    About the story above? Should have one word added to the first paragraph – it was the school’s first MENS championship. The women have brought five of them home!

  • SoCal Sioux Fan

    Congrats to UMD – Solidly played game, and the Dogs were clearly the better team tonight. Michigan was totally gassed in the 3rd period and OT, and UMD did what great teams do – they took advantage of it. Hopefully the first of many to come – as long as they’re not against my Sioux!

  • Lucas

    That was one of the best, if not the best, games I’ve watched this season (this includes NHL games). The excitement was consistent throughout. If I were to show a foreigner/newcomer to the game of hockey, I’d show them this.

  • Anonymous

    From a Sioux fan, congratulations to both teams. They both deserved to be there, and UMD earned a hard fought and well deserved championship. Great game by two incredibly talented teams. Both were there all year, and both finished strong. That game was a victory for college hockey. It doesn’t matter what team you cheer for, you have to respect what you just saw. That was great hockey!

    • Mich fan

      Awesome post again. That was too much fun to watch ! Take care

    • Trickpony

      they didn’t have to fight too hard. 2 ezac and a weak CCHA team. Mich had to take on the 4 best WCHA teams to win it. Yeah I know which path I’d sure rather take.

      • guest

        you are a dousche

  • Yale

    Next year they will have to try to get to the WCHA F5.

    • Mloberg34

      Huh? They got there this year, they just lost in the first game..

      • B.D.

        I wondered about that.

  • Brooklyn Bulldog

    B_U_L_L_D_O_G_S!!!!! Congrats, what GREAT GAME! Thanks to Michigan, Class team with Class Fans, If you win thats the type of team you want to beat. But for now it’s all about Duluth. 2011 National Champs! WoHOOOO!!

  • College Hockey Fan

    Unbelievable game, one of the best of the year. As with all college tournaments, it may not be the best overall team that wins, it just has to be the hottest. UMD is definitely the hottest team in nation right now and they played an outstanding tournament. The Bulldogs are 2010-11 National Champs in both football (D2 or course) and hockey… congrats to UMD!

  • Bulldogswin

    Bahaahahaha, where are all u Michigan fans now. Big talkers on the blog and absolutely silent tonight. Fourth place team in the WCHA beat u. Michigan wa the most underserving team in touney with absolutely no skilled offensive players.

    • guest

      Only classless post so far tonight. Michigan fans were just happy to be in the finals after barely making it to the tourney last year and eking out a couple NCAA wins this year. “Undeserving” and “no skilled offensive players” though? Not to take the troll bait, but that’s about the most ignorant thing I’ve seen all night.

      • Bulldogswin

        Your the only ignorant one. Go look at other stories to see how Michigan fans acted. They were undeserving. Give me one name of a talented offensive player. Best team in the tourney was UND, but Bulldogs won and gets the glory for doing so. Get off your high horse.

        • Dan the Gopher Fan

          Okay, so the Bulldogs win a title. Great. But show some class. Michigan has 9 titles; UND 8 (I think), Denver 6 and the Gophers 5. Show a little humility.

          • GoSiouxGo

            Dan, right now class or not the bulldogs and their fans have the right to be proud and let us all know that they’re the winners. Perhaps the UMD program hasn’t had the success of others but I’d say they have been long overdue for a NC. You don’t have to be the best team in the tourny to win it you just have to be the best team on 4 given nights in your respective games. That has been proven over and over and over and over again. That being said UMD is one of the best teams and really weren’t much of an underdog in this one or any game this season. So congrats UMD for taking care of business and good luck in the future.

          • WoogLips4Ever

            I appreciate the positive tone of the comments so far, but a gopher fan telling a bulldog fan to stop trash talking or be classy is too much to bear.

            GO-PHER RE-JECTS
            Ha Ha

          • Terry Switzer

            UND and DU won 7 Wisconsin 6 check your facts before posting.

        • Muck Bro

          Carl Hagelin moron. I’m not even a Michigan fan. Come on now get real. You’re ruining the dynamic of this post.

          Congrats to the Bulldogs they earned it.

    • Mich fan

      Not sure why I feel compelled to respond to you, but if you actually read the post they have been positive until now. I was the first one to congratulate UMD on a great win and a great game.

      • Bulldogswin

        Go look at the comments you Michigan fans posted on the article from Thursday nights win-a fellow WCHA team. Do you want to really talk about acting respectful now? Once you read them, please tell me how Michigan fans showed respect to UND. Great games bulldogs-way to beat a talentless group from Michigan

        • collegehockeyfan

          absolutely hit it on the nose.

      • Suture1

        Mich, I agree with your sentiments about even responding to the couple nasty posts on here. I think everyone has to keep in mind the age of any poster is not provided here. So, I think there are a number of adults providing “adult level” insight and commentary and the level of maturity is obvious. When posters like bulldogswin (and a few others) spout off I am quite certain they are teenagers…..and if they are not then they are pretty sad excuses for an adult.

        One more item, there are probably hundreds of fans/posters on this site, if not thousands. How many of us have read a post by someone who supports our own team and it makes you cringe? My point is that we all have to realize one poster does not speak for the rest of us, regardless of which team they are purporting to support. Yes, after the Michigan game some of the posters were a little harsh on the Sioux. But, just go back and read some of the posts Sioux posters had on here prior to the Sioux losing….get my drift? So, everybody realize there are a number of people on here that will be immature and also keep in mind that one A-hole poster does not speak for an entire team or group. I can assure the Michigan fans (and the UMD fans) that many, many Sioux fans are a positive group and truly do appreciate good hockey. I was with a group of 22 people and after the hurt of the loss dissipated I can tell you to a person we were saying how Michigan took it to the Sioux like no other team has this year. I think you all get my point. Last comment…..the FF was so incredibly awesome this year. We had some big-name programs, a team win their first national championship and a fantastic crowd. I would like to thank St. Paul (and the entire Twin Cities) for putting on a great tournament. I think college hockey is in a great place right now and I am unbelievably proud of the Duluth Bulldogs. Good luck to everybody next year and if some of you have not been to a FF in person you have to do it….it was a blast and it allowed this normally mild-mannered professional to let his hair down for a few days….:) Mich, have a great summer and maybe we will run into each other again next Fall…:) Take care.

        • Mich fan

          Suture! Thanks for the response, I know the Sioux have some great and classy fans, thank yor for being one of them. Have a great summer, I am off to La Paz for some much needed sun and flyfishing. See you next fall.

        • #1 Ranked Sioux

          Suture & Mich. fan; You WILL see the Sioux there next year. I don’t expect that UND will lose any juniors to the NHL. We do lose some fabulous talent in the seniors leaving, but the Fighting Sioux have great depth in the sophmores and juniors. I have no doubt you’ll see Denver & UND coming into the WCHA tourney on top again.

          Will Michigan be able to repeat? I’m not sure what they have for underclassmen talent. I’d love to see a rematch between the Wolverines & Fighting Sioux! The same tactics won’t match the outcomes next time.

          I was so hurt by Thursdays game……. UND certainly had the chemistry and makeup of a championship arrangement. I’m almost happy I decided against the trip to St. Paul at last minute since the win by Michigan. I would’ve placed any amount betting that UND would be in that final game.

          And….. WHY, OH WHY Tampa Bay, FL????? Are you kidding me? Yes, they will play in an NHL arena, but i’m opposed to seeing 3,000 fans in a 20,000 seat building!! What white collar exec is making those kind of decisions? Grrrrrrr…

    • True Bulldog fan

      Based on all the other posts, I don’t think this is a Duluth fan posting this drivel, just some troll.

      • Bulldogswin

        Dont even start with that. I’m no poser. I have been to every bulldog home game and many away games this year. I love the bulldogs but we are as big of trash talkers as any other team. Michigan showed no respect for the other teams they played. They were merciless after beating a UND team that was much better than them. In case you haven’t read the articles, the Michigan players are saying now that UND was better than the bulldogs and they can’t understand how they beat them but not us.

    • Guest

      undeserving?! Pretty sure Michigan beat the #1 WCHA team. So I’m not too sure I follow your logic there. UMD had better chances all night, and were handed numerous powerplays. And no skilled offensive players?? 8 NHL draft picks at forward? C’mon now. You sound like a envious Sioux fan.

    • Nomar48

      Yup, but we beat CC and ND. Um what was thier ranking?

  • Nate_peterson26

    YAYYY Bulldogs. This championship means so much to the city of Duluth, the school, and it’s alumni!!!! Thanks for the great run. I can rest in peace now!!! B-U-L-L-D-O-G-S yayyyyyy BULLDOGS!!!!

  • Bulldognation

    Hey Michigan fans, why don’t you go get in your homes and drive them back to Michigan. To Michigan nation HAHAHAHAhAhAHAHAHAHAHAHAhA.

    Next year, maybe you can think of a way to actually score some creative goals. It might help if you didn’t try to take all your shots from t red line. LOSERS!

    • Dan the Gopher Fan

      Nice post. Very classy (sarcasm here). So the Bulldogs win a title. Fine. But your comments are imbecilic and unsportsmanlike. Get to 9 titles (like Michigan), 8 (like UND), 6 (like Denver) or 5 (like the Gophers) and then come back and post something sensible.

      • Boonetown

        Hey now! I agree with everything you’ve said, but in terms of national titles, Denver and North Dakota are tied at 7 apiece if the NCAA website is not mistaken.

        • NedBraden

          dummies this is obviously a Sioux troll not a UMD fan.

          • collegehockeyfan

            Michigan fans were trolling on here as well, too bad they forgot they had to play another night. Great game both teams, and congrats to the Bulldogs!

          • IPLG

            It isn’t “trolling” to comment on a game involving your team.

      • Barry

        And six like the Badgers

    • Muck Bro

      Not a Duluth fan. Wouldn’t surprise me if this was same person as Bulldogswin. People these days. Posts were made minutes apart.

      Lets keep this positive about the Bulldogs or the quality game we all watched and set our egos aside.

      • IPLG

        Couldn’t agree more. As a Michigan fan, I am dissapointed that my team was unable to get the win. That having been said, the college hockey fan in me realized that the better team won the game. For whatever reason, Michigan really seemed to be on their heels most of the game. Anyway, congrats to UMD on a hard-fought, well-deserved victory and long overdue National Championship.

    • IPLG

      You, sir, are an idiot.

  • Vizoroo

    Proud of the Bulldogs!
    Congrats on their 1st Men’s National Hockey Championship!

  • Boody36

    Sad to see some idiot Bulldog posers be jackbags about or win. Do all of us real cans a favor and win with class and do not trash talk. Thanks for all the support this year Bulldog nation and congrats to the team and coaching staff. I am still in shock.

  • Chad

    An awesome job well done for UMD and all team involved. If you were at the Frozen Four or watching on TV, you couldn’t help but feel the great spirit of college hockey in a great hockey city and great arena. As great as it was, I can’t help but think about next year when the Frozen Four is in Tampa and the thought of a half-filled arena at the very best. Even though the decision was made in an effort to spread interest in college hockey, it was an incredibly poor decision to chose Tampa. Seriously?!? By the way, Alabama-Huntsville is the host team and they’re only 650 miles away. Pathetic! Anyway, great job Bulldogs!!!!

  • EliBlue

    Congratulations UMD. I saw both games in Bridgeport and was impressed. If Yale had to lose, losing to this UMD team takes some sting off. Very clean, fast, hard working team. Enjoy!

  • LincolnJim

    yeah but North Dakota’s RPI and SOS were better. ROFL

  • WCHA1

    When was the last time a team won the national championship without having to play any teams from the WCHA or Hockey East? Duluth beat 2 CCHA teams and 2 AHA teams. Just wondering.

    • Maine vs. Whitehead

      Do you mean 2 ECAC teams? ECAC was really strong this year, and their teams are much tougher opponents than AHA.

    • B.D.

      Um, UMD is in the WCHA. Am I missing your point?

    • Stealthgecko

      well maybe if hockey east could win a game or two we would have got the chance to play against the second-rate confrence of yours

  • Been There

    Great win by the Dawgs. It was pretty much even except when the penalties showed up which took away from the flow of the game. Otherwise you got your moneys worth. By the way didn’t see any penalties that were not penalties. Some maybe could have been let go but they were penalties.

  • Siouxbetcha

    Very happy for Scotty and his Bulldogs to win it. I stayed up late for their multiple ot loss against BG back in 84 was crossing my fingers it wouldn’t happen again. Had a good feeling with this team. Very composed !

  • Irish Spectre

    This was a great, great game to watch, even for a fan like me with no dog in the ring. The team who played better was the victor in the end, via a high quality goal yielded by fowards playing with a sense of desperation that was edifying to watch; they really, really wanted it, and UMD is to be congratulated.

    I attended Michigan’s ’98 championship victory, 3-2, in OT, vs. my beloved BC Eagles, in which BC hit both a crossbar and a post in the OT, probably a top three of the most memorable games I’ve ever been to, including all sports.

    While Div. 1 college football comes close, there is simply no equal to Div. 1 college hockey!!

  • MaineBB

    So what did everyone think about the officiating? My two cents is that too many penalties were called. I’m not saying the outcome would or should have been different but it seemed excessive. But I’m biased. As a Hockey East fan we see this every season from the HE refs. I think they could learn something from the WCHA and CCHA officials who let the players play hockey. And by the way, REALLY NICE GAME UMD! This Maine fan is very happy for your team, coaching staff and school. Enjoy!!

    • Stinkfist

      the officiating was fabulous. they were in position to make the best possible calls, they called penalties on what were penalties. if it seemed excessive, thats not on the officials. if i trip 100 people, the ref doesn’t control that. he’s supposed to let some of them go so it doesn’t? thats silly. they were great. as a WCHA follower i was extremely pleased with them. if games seem to not have a good flow becuase of too many whistles, thats not on the refs. icing is icing, offsides are offsides. penalties are judgment calls in a way, but they’re still only requiring judgment because they occurred in the first place.
      color me impressed with HE refs on the biggest stage. great job by them.

      • http://twitter.com/sdl9109 Seth

        You’ve got to be kidding me. I don’t mean to take away from UMD’s win, as they clearly outplayed and outskated us down the stretch, but between the inconsistent and frequent penalty calls and a goal thrown out thanks to an early whistle, the refs were undeniably atrocious.

        • Trickpony

          i’m sorry your team couldn’t stop committing penalties and i’m sorry they couldn’t score any more goals. sorry. maybe next year? sorry when you give UMD 9 power plays its not cuz the refs are terrible LOL. great job refs.

        • guest

          you are an idiot, it doesnt matter where the goalie has the puck covered as long as its covered, and it was an extremely late whistle, that was a good call

  • Proudgopherfan

    Boody36, please don’t insult the teams and fans in the WCHA and pretend the bulldog fans don’t trash talk. Truth be told, your fans are some of the worst, if not the worst, trash talking fans out there. Just ask your fans walking around the Xcel with vulgar language ON it against the Sioux that my 7 year old read, or the other countless times I have run into numerous classless bulldog fans-you pretend now that you won a title that you have class? No doubt there are good bulldog fans, but don’t pretend that your an base doesn’t ave MORE than their fair share. Not one person in college hockey believes UMD had or has the best college hockey team. Hats off to them though for winning the tournament-has it is often said, sometimes It is better to be lucky than good.

    As for the Michigan fans, you think it is appropriate for them to be screaming in unison to UND “racist nickname.” and then have anyone come on here and defend them? I find it funny how teams trash talk all year and now because steam wins a championship, they pretend that trash talking is beneath them and that they don’t do it. Get off your pulpit.

    • WoogLips4Ever

      Ha Ha

      Gopher Nation, please lecture bulldog fans some more about how to be classy…..you have so many classless fans, you need 2 hockey arenas on campus to hold them all

      • Gophs

        Yes, and you also have two arenas – and one that the state paid for. Show some class and enjoy the victory. Because fans like you, I understand why I hate the dogs.

        • WoogLips4Ever

          Not to worry comrade, the dismantling of your hockey program is nearly complete (muhuhuhuhahahaaaaah!). Agent Lucia has succeeded in tearing you imperialist pig-dogs a new one. Surely now you will see the benefits of the great people’s off campus hockey collective in Duluth. It is the only arena the Bulldogs have and need thanks to the modern science of “scheduling games at different times”. By the way, the men’s team did not insist on getting an arena of their own when Amsoil Arena was built for the 5 time national champion Lady Bulldogs because they know we need to be frugile with community resources like tax dollars and publicly owned land so building two would be opulence at the expense of the people.


    • Hockeyn7

      The “racist nickname”/”racist mascot” chant is not trash talk. I’d call it a political statement (and one which I’d love to see fans of the NFL’s Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles adopt as well.)

    • Plesh19

      sounds like you shouldn’t even have kids you plug. why don’t you leave your loser kid at daycare while your gophers are LOSING and not making it to the tourney. you’re a loser, your kids are losers and the gophers are all bulldog rejects…

      • Nomar48

        You are a sick Puppy. You must be the so called FAN all of these people are talking about

  • skate again for eight

    From a North Dakota fan. Congrats Dogs. I was rooting hard for ya…..

  • Big Lare

    As a Sioux fan I have to say Congrats to UMD! It is apparent you are a talented group of guys and if anything exemplifies a “TEAM” you guys are it.

  • fishinwilly

    What a great frozen four national championship game to watch. Congrats to the most deserving Bulldogs to win. Both teams played hard and clean. That is the type of hockey that is the most fun to watch. Being a bulldog fan since the early 80′s it was fantastic to see them finally bring home the trophy. In my opinion the best coaching and quick adjusting by the players to different styles of games is why Duluth brought it all home. The Bulldogs maybe were not the best team in the nation according to statistics, but I will say it again statisics will never overcome flow. Desire determines more than anything in winning any game. The Bulldogs have tremendous desire as well as way above average talent. Most of all Scott Sandeline and the rest of the outstanding coaching staff knowing how to relate it all to the players and the ultimate respect of the players for their coaches was the difference in their season. Thanks for the fantastic season for all of us Bulldog Fans who watched,cheered, and have hoped and wished for this trophy and hockey status. I believe Duluth Mn. is a great city of Hockey lets continue the tradition next year.

    is why the Bulldogs

  • guest

    just wondering… why is it all the sioux fans that are always on this site talking junk and as soon as they lose, they are all happy and cheering away for umd. I may be wrong but none of you guys play in the game and all players in the ncaa are good players. (otherwise they would not be playing at a d1 level) so unless you are actually on the ice, why do you like to sit on the computer and talk smack. GET A LIFE

    • Buuldogswin

      Kind of like you just talked smack know, or is it different for you. Comes on and talks smack and then tells those people talking smack to get a life. Huh, where does that put you?

    • bigskyvikes

      I havent found any bad comments from Sioux fans! What are you talking about? Goofer troll…….

    • #1siouxfan

      what is wrong with us cheering on a fellow wcha team? we wanted to see a team represent our conference and win their first title and we didnt want to see michigan get another national championship because we would like to catch up with there number of titles. i wish we would have been facing the bulldogs but itbwas still an awesome championship

    • B.D.

      What a curious posting. Totally illogical.

  • Siouxstyxandpuks

    As a Sioux fan, i must say congrats to the Bulldogs. Not a big fan of the dogs, but glad to see them beat Michigan. It was interesting to see Michigan play both UND and UMD. Both teams outplayed Michigan so I don’t know why people are complaining about the refs. Duluth had the same refs on the ice. If your whole game plan is to dump the puck in and get back on defense, it does lead to penalties because you are always back on your heals. Michigan had to try and out muscle and out hit them. They could not out muscle the Sioux And Duluths speed caused Michigan big problems. This lead to penalties. Red decided coming in to these games that he could not keep up with either teams firepower and played a very defensive game in the neutral zone and in his end. that requires your goalie to stand on his head. There was no way he was doing that two games in a row. While he played well, there was no way he was matching Thursdays performance. Reds mistake is that he almost forced his players to play on their heals with his style of play instead of attacking UMD offensively. While Reiter is a good goalie, he is not as good as Dell and they might have gotten some additional goals if he let his players loose. I think red underestimated Duluth. While there is no doubt in my UND mind they were the best team by a large margin, that’s why they play the games and so congratulations to Duluth as they were the more deserving team last night.

    As for the Michigan fans complaining about what some are saying on here (by people being trolls, whatever they are), I did read many of your comments made against UND after the win and in the USHCO articles, so why don’t you clean up your own house first before complaining about Duluth fans, as hard as it is for me to defend them!

    • Jdorf40

      I agree. Michigan fans are the worst! It was hysterical to be at the game Thursday night. They escaped with a win, but were completely dominated and it was clear that they were not even close to having the same talent/depth as the Sioux. Yet, they have a goalie that stands on his head and all the fans want to do is take cheap jabs at people. I would have probably watched the game just looking for a decent finish, but after the way the Wolverine fans were spouting off, I couldn’t wait until Saturday night so I could root for UMD. Gopher fans and Wolverines fans both drive me crazy. I’m really happy for UMD though. Their fans were classy, they play good hockey…it really turned out to be a great weekend.

  • Rcs777

    Great game for college (or pro) hockey! Let’s hope this will bring more TV coverage to a great sport. Congratulations to both teams for an entertaining exhibition.

  • Fakebutter

    to be fair though, UMD had a pretty cake path into the final compared to michigan. they had to fight through basically 4 straight WCHA teams, including the broadmoor and mcnaughton winner. UMD played 2 cake ezac teams, a notre dame team that couldn’t find any consistency all year, and lucked out that Mich was extremely beat up and worn from playing 3 straight WCHA opponents already. UMD can’t even finish high in their conference cuz they can’t beat 3 straight WCHA games. Its not easy to do.

    UMD lucked out in the perfect storm of a path for them and Mich. Mich wins that game 3 out of 4 times. Enjoy the win though, Sandelin is a great guy.

    • Cakeboat

      speaking of cake path, I hear that playing on the UND hockey team means Genoway doesn’t have to interview for the job he’s getting at Loaf n’ Jug. Fill it up Chay!

      • Rinkrat

        Genoway will be playing for the Wild next year so you don’t have to worry, your job is safe.

    • Jdorf40

      Are you serious? Michigan wins that game 3 out of 4? How many times do you think they beat the Sioux? What matters in a single elimination game is if you can find a way to win. I was on the verge of wanting to cause myself harm after the loss to Michigan on Thursday as I thought the Sioux completely dominated every aspect of the game, except the most important one….the scoreboard. Duluth absolutely outplayed Michigan so why you think Michigan would win 3 out of 4 against them makes no sense. The WCHA was 8-4 in the tournament, the CCHA was 6-4. But if you look at shots on goal, time of possession, scoring chances etc…Duluth and North Dakota both dominated in each of their games. Only North Dakota couldn’t get a bounce or find another way to score. Hunwick was redonk. He single handedly carried them thru this tournament. Without him, they wouldn’t have made it past St. Louis.

  • bigskyvikes

    Good job Dogs! Way to go Sandelin! Very deserving. Until next year, GO SIOUX!!!

  • Fauxrealism

    2nd year in a row that Yale was ousted by the eventual champion. Only conclusion: Yale must be so terrible that the easy win has catapulted their opponent to the title!

    • Shucks_Miami

      I’ve been wondering the same thing about Miami for years. After we lost to UNH, though, I knew this streak was over. Hahaha.

      2010 – L vs Champion BC, 7-1 (Semifinal)
      2009 – L vs Champion BU, 4-3ot (Final)
      2008 – L vs Champion BC, 4-3ot (Regional Final)
      2007 – L vs Runner-up BC, 4-0 (Regional Final)
      2006 – L vs Runner-up BC, 5-0 (Regional Semifinal)
      2004 – L vs Champion DU, 3-2 (Regional Semifinal)

  • bluetell

    Congrats to UMD on your title. If it wasn’t my Wolverines that won, I wanted it to be UMD

  • drummer1950

    If you take a look back, remember that the seedings were botched badly .
    Yale at #1?????? UND & BC were the class of this field and should have faced
    different opponents and met in the Final. It ended up a second rate tournament and an insult to all serious college hockey fans.

    • Orleanshomes

      You must not gone to or even watched any of the games little drummer boy. Once again it was a GREAT tournament. Just because your team lost doesn’t make it second rate. Congrats UMD.

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