BUFFALO, N.Y. — Parker Mackay had a aim and an help, Hunter Shepard stopped 18 photographs and Minnesota Duluth received its second straight school hockey title, beating Massachusetts 3-Zero on Saturday night time.
The Bulldogs (29-11-2) turned the ninth faculty to efficiently defend a title, and first since Denver in 2004 and ’05. It’s the third championship for Minnesota Duluth, which beat Denver within the Frozen 4 closing a 12 months in the past and likewise received in 2011.
Shepard had his seventh shutout of the season and nation-leading 29th victory, enhancing his NCAA Event report to 8-0.
Mikey Anderson had a aim and two assists. Noah Cates scored with 2:42 remaining to seal the victory for the Bulldogs, who have been making their third consecutive look within the closing, relationship to a 3-2 loss to Denver in 2017.
The Bulldogs’ expertise on the large stage proved to be an edge over a younger UMass opponent. The Minutemen (31-10) have been making their first look within the championship recreation and in simply the second match berth at school historical past.
UMass nonetheless closes a season by which it eclipsed its earlier single-season-best win complete of 21 in 2007, whereas additionally being two years faraway from a five-win end in coach Greg Carvel’s first season.
Freshman goalie Filip Lindberg stopped 28 photographs, and had little likelihood on both of the Bulldogs’ first two objectives.
The Bulldogs dominated from the beginning and have been outshooting the Minutemen 6-Zero when Mackay opened the scoring 3:51 in, and 1:20 after UMass defenseman Marc Del Gaizo was penalized for interference.
Riley Tufte started the play by controlling a bouncing puck on the proper boards and feeding Anderson on the left level. Anderson instantly despatched a move into the slot, the place a wide-open Mackay lower throughout and backhanded in a shot contained in the left submit. It was Duluth’s second power-play aim in its previous 24 possibilities.
The Minutemen didn’t handle their first shot on internet till the 4:16 mark and have been outshot 14-5 within the interval.
Mackay then performed an enormous function in organising Anderson’s aim. Controlling the puck alongside the correct boards, Mackay spun round within the nook and hit Anderson in stride whereas making his solution to the excessive slot. Anderson took just a few steps and snapped a shot inside the correct submit.
Mackay accomplished his senior season with a five-game factors streak by which he had three objectives and 4 assists. He notably performed a key function within the Bulldogs’ match opening 2-1 additional time victory. Mackay tied the sport with 3:01 remaining after which scored 8:15 into additional time.
With all prime six defensemen returning, the Bulldogs have been adept in hampering the Minutemen velocity via the impartial zone, and clogging up the center in their very own zone. Additionally they dished out a number of heavy hits, together with Nick Wolff bowling over Cale Makar 5 minutes into the second interval, when Hobey Baker award-winning UMass defenseman was making an attempt to cross the blue line.
UMass’ finest scoring likelihood got here with 56 seconds left within the second interval, when Anthony Del Gaizo got here out from behind the Bulldogs’ internet and had a number of possibilities to stuff the puck in solely to be denied by Shepard.
All three Minnesota Duluth’s championships have come throughout coach Scott Sandelin’s 19-year tenure. Sandelin improved his match report to 21-6, and the Bulldogs’ 29 wins have been essentially the most since going 36-9-Three in 1984-85.
NOTES: UMass performed minus ahead Bobby Trivigno, who served a one-game NCAA suspension for an unlawful hit to the top in opposition to Denver on Thursday. … With UMass advancing to the ultimate, Hockey East has had an NCAA-leading 29 groups play for the title over the previous 21 years.