Minnesota Gophers Beat North Dakota On Last-Second Goal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Justin Holl scored a short-handed goal with 0.6 seconds left to give Minnesota a 2-1 victory over North Dakota on Thursday night in the NCAA hockey semifinals.
Minnesota (28-6-6) will face Union College in the title game Saturday night. Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the first semifinal at Wells Fargo Center.
Holl scored his first goal of the season, beating Zane Gothberg to the glove side with a shot just inside the post.
Sam Warning opened the scoring for Minnesota with 9:09 left, and Connor Gaarder tied it for North Dakota 32 seconds later. Adam Wilcox made 36 saves for Minnesota, and Gothberg stopped 26 shots.
Minnesota advanced to its 11th championship game and first since 2003, the year it won the last of its five titles.
Post Game Celebration:
Police in riot gear quelled a raucous celebration by University of Minnesota hockey fans following the Gophers last-second Froze Four semifinal win.
Hundreds of students and other hockey fans took to the streets in Dinkytown near campus to celebrate the victory over North Dakota Thursday night.
Authorities say some fans threw beer bottles and cans at officers, others climbed light poles and one video showed several young men jumping on top of a squad car. Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder says there were less than a dozen arrests and no one was seriously injured. A State Patrol helicopter illuminated the rowdy crowd.
University President Eric Kaler sent an email to students before the NCAA game warning against any rioting.