The UMass Men’s Hockey team is heading to the National Championship for the first time in program history.
UMass defeated Denver in overtime, with a final score of 4-3. They will now face the University of Minnesota Duluth on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
The Minutemen dominated the first period, leading Denver 3-1. Neither team scored in the second period. Denver scored in the third period with around 9:30 to go. Another Denver score tied the game at 3-3 with only a few minutes left in the third period. At the end of regulation, the score remained tied at 3-3. UMass won the game in overtime 4-3.
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Getting to the Frozen Four
The Minutemen defeated Harvard and Notre Dame in the regional rounds of the NCAA tournament. They finished the regular season ranked 4th overall in the nation, according to USA Today.
UMass head coach Greg Carvel also won the Hockey East Coach of the Year award.
They are looking to continue their success against Denver.
Ken Lacey of Warren told 22News, “Win or lose tonight, I think we got a lot of successful years coming, yeah, I think we got a lot of good years ahead of us. I think it puts us on the map, I think it gives the coaches the ability to recruit a little better.”
“This is fantastic, a real shot in the arm for western Massachusetts and the UMass porgram. It’s exciting to be here and it’s exciting to see the amount of people that are here to enjoy the game,” said Tom Sheedy of Chicopee.
22News reporter Hector Molina and Digital Reporter Monica Ricci are in Buffalo for the Frozen Four and will bring you updates on air, online, on our mobile app and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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