Former Gophers forward Garrett Wait scores in overtime to send UMass over Minnesota Duluth
PITTSBURGH – In the past three NCAA tournaments, Minnesota Duluth has thrived in one-goal games, winning six of them while compiling a 9-0 record and winning a pair of national championships. Thursday night, however, not extending a one-goal lead was like playing with fire for the Bulldogs.
Garrett Wait, a former Gophers player from Edina, scored 14 minutes, 30 seconds into overtime, giving Massachusetts a 3-2 victory over Minnesota Duluth in the second NCAA Frozen Four semifinal at PPG Paints Arena. In the process, the Minutemen overcame the Bulldogs' one-goal, third-period lead and prevented UMD from playing for its third consecutive national championship. Minnesota Duluth's nine-game overtime win streak in NCAA tournament play, dating to 1985, also ended.
Instead of the Frozen Four finishing with an all-Minnesota final, UMass will play St. Cloud State, a 5-4 semifinal winner over Minnesota State Mankato, in the championship game on Saturday night. Thursday's results guarantee there will be a first-time national champion.
Wait scored on a rebound of a Bobby Trivigno shot after a turnover by the Bulldogs in their zone. Massachusetts controlled …
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