2011 Ncaa Hockey Tournament
April 10, 2011 by staff
2011 Ncaa Hockey Tournament, When the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs were returned unceremoniously WCHA tournament several weeks ago, nobody believed there was still a chance to win his or her first National Championship.
No one who is, but they. “Never stop believing in ourselves,” said defender sophomore Drew Olson (CBJ). “I think we all had confidence in ourselves, through the station. We thought that no matter what was happening, we were determined to win everything and we did tonight.”
Minnesota-Duluth fought his way back through the NCAA tournament to become the best dogs in college hockey when senior Kyle Schmidt scored the winning goal at the: 22 mark of overtime to give Minnesota- Duluth a thrilling -2 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the National Championship game in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday night.
The thrilling final capped a great game that offered a bit of almost everything.
The Bulldogs came out with the early jump on the start of the game, getting several good scoring opportunities.
At the: 20 mark of the opening period, Michigan appeared to have come at a high level forum for the first time when Carl Hagelin (NYR) seems to have driven home the loose disc Minnesota-Duluth junior goalkeeper Kenny Reiter could not corral. The play was reviewed and was the goal disallowed for the whistle being blown.
Michigan finally enters into the first table. At the 14:42 mark, senior Ben Winnett (TOR) nice outlet principal investigator Matt oxide (CBJ), and a shot from the slot that beat Reiter gave the Wolverines the early lead.
The second period was Minnesota-Duluth dominating much of the period with relentless drives to the net applied good pressure, disc media consisting of Michigan.
At the 1:39 mark junior Travis Oleksuk get Minnesota-Duluth on the board when it became the home of a rebound in front of the Michigan network.
The Wolverines made several trips to the penalty box during the period, and at the: 31 mark of the second the Bulldogs made them pay. Max Tardy freshmen (STL) took perhaps the best time to register your career goal first power play count when it hit a recovery score.
“Mike Seidel was the type of disc for the point and faked a shot,” Tardy said in describing his goal. “He gave me a good pass down. I had time and space, so I tried to go back door and went with Travis (Oleksuk). After he was fired, the album has just come back to me and I just got in not something that you normally draw, but I’ll take it. ”
In the second half of the period, Michigan begins to redirect their frustrations to take trips to the penalty box to create chances.
Their efforts paid in the: 46 mark when Jeff Rohrkemper second home (MON) junior defender Greg Pateryn point shot from the slot area to get the tie for Michigan, tying the score at 2 -2.
Both teams came out cautiously to begin the third period, but it was not long before Minnesota-Duluth begins to dominate the early stages of the time. Near the midpoint of the period, the Bulldogs have one of their best opportunities of the time in Michigan senior goalie Shawn Hunwick Minnesota-Duluth won junior Mike Connolly, an almost certain goal with a brilliant glove save.
Minnesota-Duluth was very close to getting the lead once more when a defender of the Wolverines went into the last possible second to sweep a floppy disk that slowly made their way after they had left behind glove and fell Hunwick him.
As regulation time ended, both teams were creating several quality scoring chances. But the strong forechecking by both teams and the outstanding goaltending of Reiter and Hunwick deny any score in regulation.
The start of extra time was intense and that the extra session moves along, of Minnesota-Duluth was slowly taking the momentum.
That momentum has carried Schmidt’s victory at the: 22 marks. The Hermantown, Minnesota native tapped in a pass from Oleksuk, who had brought the disc up the boards to start the game.
When it was over, two very different scenes play on the ice. At one extreme, deflation of Michigan Wolverines was trying to cope with a loss so painful.
“It’s a better team than they thought they were during the year,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson of Minnesota-Duluth during the press conference after the game. “They kind of slipped under the radar throughout the year, after leaving the number one (ranking). But they are the real deal, and are a good team. Just wish I could have given a good game.”
At the other end of the ice, the joy Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs were celebrating there first national championship in front of an audience predominantly pro-Bulldogs.
“The World Juniors was great, but just can not compare with this,” said rookie defender Justin Faulk (CAR). “It’s an incredible feeling right now and could not ask for anything more in my first year. Finishing the season like this is great. What I can not really ask for anything more.”
Minnesota-Duluth freshman J.T. Brown was named the Most Outstanding Player after a stellar performance in the game, which included an attendance notice. Along with Brown in the tournament team were teammates Kyle Schmidt and Justin Faulk. Senior Ben Winnett (TOR), freshman defender Jon Merrill (NJ) and senior goalie Shawn Hunwick of Michigan Wolverines completed the tournament team.
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