The defending champion University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs men's hockey team is one win from repeating as the kings of college hockey.
UMD went through Providence like a hot knife through butter on Thursday night, winning 2-1 in a very close game in Buffalo, New York. They're back in the national championship game for an unreal third consecutive season, and hoping to win it for the second straight year.
“It’s incredible, I’ll let it sink in later tonight,” UMD captain Parker Mackay told the Duluth News Tribune. “We’re very excited right now. Like I said a couple weeks ago, some guys don’t get the opportunity to even make it to the regional level or the Frozen Four, so being in three championship games is going to be huge.”
UMD led 2-1 with under a minute left in the third period before opening the final score up with a pair of empty-net goals.
The last team to repeat as champions was Denver in 2004 and 2005.
The Bulldogs will face the winner of Denver and Massachusetts, which was in progress at the time of this posting. The national title game is on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs head coach Scott Sandelin is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the sport, and after the victory he was asked by a reporter if he'd have any interest in coaching in the NHL.
"At this minute right now I’m thinking about who we're playing Saturday. I have a great job. If someday that every pops up, I'll look at it for sure, but right now I have a great group of players and we're playing for a national championship," said Sandelin, according to Mike McMahon of College Hockey News.