Bulldogs repeat as champions

UMD hockey players celebrate in the locker room.

The University of Minnesota Duluth bolstered its status as the dominant team of the decade in men's hockey, beating the University of Massachusetts 3-0 Saturday evening to capture the Frozen Four championship in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Bulldogs were making their third straight Frozen Four appearance, and trying to win back-to-back titles after beating Notre Dame 2-1 in last year’s Frozen Four title game in St. Paul.

Senior captain Parker Mackay opened the scoring with a power play goal at 3:51 of the first period on a pass from sophomore Mikey Anderson. The play capped a dominant first few minutes for the Bulldogs. Late in the second period, Mackay returned the favor; his nifty pass set up Anderson in the slot for a wrist shot that made it 2-0.

The Bulldogs entered the contest 22-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and 19-1-0 when leading after two periods, so the final period played out to form, and Jackson Cates’ goal with 2:42 remaining was the final tally.

“Some people say that hardest thing to do in sports is repeat [as champions],” said Mackay (who was named the Frozen’s Four’s Most Outstanding Player) after the game. “This team stuck with it for the entire season. A huge credit to the guys in the locker room and the coaching staff and all of Duluth for letting this happen.”

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