Star Tribune's Three Stars

1. Jared Thomas, Minnesota Duluth: Senior center put Bulldogs up 2-0 by scoring on a first-period breakaway. Had two shots and was a plus-1.

2. Scott Perunovich, Minnesota Duluth: Smooth freshman defenseman was a big reason the Buckeyes scored only one goal. Had two shots on goal and blocked two shots.

3. Hunter Shepard, Minnesota Duluth: Goalie faced only 20 shots, but 16 came in the final two periods and he kept Ohio State from tying the score.

By the numbers

4 National championship game appearances for Minnesota Duluth, which is 1-2 in the NCAA final.

10 Consecutive one-goal games in NCAA tournament play for Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs have won six of them.

16 Blocked shots by Ohio State, including seven in the first period.

The quote

"To be able to play in the final game of the year is pretty special.''

— Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin, whose team is in the NCAA final for the second consecutive year

Randy Johnson