Bulldogs repeat as champions
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.”