The Frozen Four Championship goes tomorrow in Philadelphia and nine BCHL alumni will take part in the game, include three former Vees, when Minnesota battles Union College. The Gophers punched their ticket to the title game by beating North Dakota 2-1 on a last second goal by Justin Holl (Evidence below). Union secured their first ever Championship appearance by edging powerhouse Boston College 5-4 in a back-and-forth thriller.
Connor, Mike and Ryan Reilly and Minnesota slugged it out with Mark MacMillan, Brendan O’Donnell, Troy Stecher, Wade Murphy and North Dakota Thursday night. It was a great game, a defensive battle, as both goaltenders, Adam Wilcox of Minnesota and Zane Gothberg of UND were terrific. The game was scoreless up until just past the midway mark of the third period. Minnesota struck first, as Sam Warning found a loose puck out front of the North Dakota net. But 32 seconds later Connor Gaarder replied for UND after he banked in his own rebound.
The game looked destined for overtime, until this happened..
Insane. Here’s some Twitter reactions from those involved:
Justin Holl scoring short-handed with just .6 seconds left on the clock. Mike Reilly was the penalized Gopher in the penalty box, so I’m the former Vee blew a big sigh of relief when he saw that Holl shot go in.
Jubilation for Minnesota and their fans but utter heartbreak for UND. Tough to see the likes of MacMillan, O’Donnell, Stecher and Wade Murphy have their season ended in such dramatic fashion. But it is still a great season for UND, especially how far they came since the beginning of the season. UND struggled out of the gate back in October and November but turned their season around and had a great run to the Frozen Four.
The Championship game will be aired live on TSN2 tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th at 4:30 pm PST. Best of luck to the Reilly brothers and hopefully the can add another championship to the their trophy case.