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Quinnipiac stuns Minnesota to win first national title

ByTeam BB

Apr 9, 2023


The Quinnipiac men’s hockey program has put together an impressive list of accomplishments since moving to Division I in 1998. But the Bobcats added the biggest of them all Saturday night, winning their first national championship.

Quinnipiac rallied from a 2-0 deficit. to beat top-ranked Minnesota 3-2 on Jacob Quillan’s overtime goal 10 seconds into the extra period. The Bobcats had tied the game with 2:47 to play in regulation, having an extra skater with their goalie pulled, when Collin Graf beat Minnesota goalie Justen Close.

For Minnesota, a long wait continues. It’s been 20 years since the Golden Gophers, one of the sport’s most decorated programs, won the second of back-to-back national titles.

Minnesota took a 1–0 lead at 5:35 of the first period on a goal by John Mittelstadt, then made it 2–0 early in the second period when Jaxon Nelson got on the board.

Quinnipiac’s Christophe Tellier pulled the Bobcats within 2–1 about three minutes later and that’s the way it stayed until Graf’s late heroics. Quinnipiac dominated the third period, outshooting Minnesota 14–2.

For more on Quinnipiac’s win over Minnesota, read Greg Wyshynski’s game recap,

Frozen Four results

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Quinnipiac rallies late to advance to Frozen Four final

Qunnipiac advances to the NCAA Frozen Four final after Sam Lipkin finds the back of the net vs. Michigan and doesn’t look back.

at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

April 8: Quinnipiac 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

April 6: National semifinals
Minnesota 6, Boston University 2
Quinnipiac 5, Michigan 2

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Luke Mittelstadt’s 2 goals propel Minnesota to the Frozen Four final

Luke Mittelstadt tallies two goals in the third period as Minnesota defeats Boston University 6-2 in the Frozen Four semifinals.

Regional results

Manchester, New Hampshire

Thursday: Boston University 5, Western Michigan 1; Cornell 2, Denver 0

Saturday: Boston University 2, Cornell 1

Boston University wins Manchester Regional

Fargo, North Dakota

Thursday: St. Cloud State 4, Minnesota State 0; Minnesota 9, Canisius 2

Saturday: Minnesota 4, St. Cloud State 1

Minnesota wins Fargo Regional

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Friday: Ohio State 8, Harvard 1; Quinnipiac 5, Merrimack 0

Sunday: Quinnipiac 4, Ohio State 1

Quinnipiac wins Bridgeport Regional

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Friday: Penn State 8, Michigan Tech 0; Michigan 11, Colgate 1

Sunday: Michigan 2, Penn State 1 (OT)

Michigan wins Allentown Regional



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