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Continued: Gophers, Union meet for national title with little in common

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 12, 2014 - 5:21 PM

Lucia could see something special was in the works and paid close attention to Union’s progress over the past three seasons. He wasn’t surprised to see the program make its first trip to the Frozen Four in 2012. And heading into this year’s Frozen Four, Lucia said college hockey gurus knew Union wasn’t an underdog in the field of traditional power programs. It quickly established itself as a new power program under Bennett.

Stats tell part of the story

Bodie is one of four Dutchmen named to the East All-America team Friday. He and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere were on the first team, with forward Daniel Carr and goalie Colin Stevens on the second team.

The Gophers had three West All-America players — defenseman Mike Reilly made the first team, and goalie Adam Wilcox and Rau were on the second team.

The Dutchmen actually might be the favorite tonight, as they are riding a 16-game unbeaten streak. They were also the only NCAA qualifier to win its regular season and conference tournament championships. Their offense is No. 2 in the nation, their defense No. 4, and their national ranking No. 1.

The Gophers are No. 6 in offense, No. 2 in defense, and ranked No. 2.

“They were on the cusp at that point in time,” Lucia said, going back to 2010. “The great thing about our sport is Union is on equal footing with Boston College or North Dakota or whoever they’re going to play. It’s unique to our sport, but that’s what makes our sport so great.”

Scholarships, enrollment and past national championships won’t matter on Saturday night. The two very different institutions become equals when the puck drops.

  • Lookin’ like overtime. But then …

    1.

    With 9.6 seconds remaining, and his team shorthanded, Kyle Rau (7) of the Gophers wins a faceoff in his own zone. Teammate Brady Skjei (2) chases the puck into the left corner and directs it to defensive partner Justin Holl (12). Holl, the hero-to-be, spins and starts the rush. Skjei would say: “I thought he was just going to chip it in deep and we were going to overtime, but he made a play.”

    2.

    At center ice, with 4.1 seconds left, Holl headmans to Rau. Holl drifts toward the middle of the ice as Rau crosses the blue line.

    3.

    A stride past the blue line, with 2.5 seconds left, Rau takes a shot that banks off a skate of North Dakota’s Jordan Schmaltz (24). The puck ricochets into Holl’s skates.

    4.

    With 1.9 seconds left, it’s all instincts. The puck tips off Holl’s skate to his stick. Only 1.5 seconds remain. He takes a tenth of a second to let the puck settle on the blade and lets a wrist shot fly. “I figured that I didn’t have much time left so I might as well throw it on goal,” Holl said. The puck zips past two North Dakota defenders, inches away from their left sides, and beats UND goalie Zane Gothberg (31) glove-side, nicking the right post with .6 seconds on the clock. Holl: “I was like, ‘Did that really happen?’ ”

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2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pmX30-14
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Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 amX39-38
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 amX28-24
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa 11 amX51-14
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State 11 amX31-24
Nov 22 - at Nebraska 11 amX28-24
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