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UMD headed back to Frozen Four for 3rd straight year

The Bulldogs are two wins away from another national title.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs are headed back to the Frozen Four for a program record third straight year after defeating Quinnipiac 3-1 Sunday evening to win the Midwest Regional. 

UMD, the defending national champions, will be seeking its third title in the decade having also won in 2011.

After a scoreless first period, Peter Krieger, a St. Paul native who starred in high school at St. Thomas Acadmey, opened the scoring in the second period.

With five minutes to go in regulation, Kobe Roth padded UMD's lead to 2-0.

Quinnipiac finally found twine two minutes later on a power play and with their goaltender pulled – giving them a six-on-four advantage – cutting the lead to 2-1.

The Bobcats kept the goalie pulled after the power play ended but wasn't able to notch the game-tying goal with the man-advantage, and with 56 seconds to go Bulldogs captain Parker Mackay sealed the deal with an empty-netter for the 3-1 lead. 

Other than the late Bobcats goal, UMD goaltender Hunter Shepard was superb, allowing just one goal in both games in the Midwest Regional.

This year's Frozen Four will be played in Buffalo, New York. The Bulldogs will play Providence University, which knocked out MSU-Mankato, on April 11 at 5 p.m.

Denver University and the University of Massachusetts will also be at this year's Frozen Four. UMass is the only school in the field without a national championship. 

UMD, Denver and Providence have all won national titles within the last decade. 

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