For a second year in a row, the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs are the kings of college hockey.
The Bulldogs – in the national championship game for the third year in a row – took down the University of Massachusetts 3-0 in Buffalo, New York. The title puts the Bulldogs in rare college hockey company, becoming just the third team since the 1970s to win consecutive championships.
- 2017, 2018 - UMD Bulldogs
- 2004, 2005 - Denver Pioneers
- 2002, 2003 - Minnesota Gophers
- 1971, 1972 - Boston University
UMD jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power-play goal by captain Parker McKay (16th of the season) just 3:51 into the game, and the lead was 2-0 after two periods thanks defenseman Mikey Anderson's (Roseville, MN) sixth goal of the season.
A holding penalty on Peter Krieger (Oakdale) put UMass on a power play with 5:02 to go, but again the Bulldogs killed it. Exactly 20 seconds later Jackson Cates (Stillwater) scored his eighth goal of the season to put the Bulldogs up 3-0 with just 2:42 to go.
The only team to win three straight national titles is Michigan, pulling of a three-peat from 1951-53.
UMD will have a chance to make even more history next season as no team has reached the national championship game four years in a row.