For the second year in a row and the fourth time in program history, Notre Dame will play in the Frozen Four semifinals for a chance to play for a national championship.
The Canadiens' prospect scored with just 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation time to lift the Fighting Irish to a 4-3 victory over the University of MI in national semi-final action at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN.
Heading into their second-straight Frozen Four, the Notre Dame hockey team hopes last year's experience will help them this year in St. Paul. However, just 17 seconds into the second period, Dancs made it 2-0 MI after his shot bounced in off a Notre Dame defenseman.
Irish freshman forward Collin Theisen wins control of the puck during Notre Dame's 4-2 victory over Wisconsin on January 19 at Purcell Pavilion.
A power-play goal by Tanner Laczynski, Ohio State's top scorer, in the third changed the vibe in the building and forced the Bulldogs to spend the final 10 minutes holding onto the lead. The streak dates back to the beginning of the Big Ten conference tournament, when the Irish defeated Penn State 3-2 in the semifinal on a goal by junior forward Jack Jenkins with 31 seconds left in regulation.
Little went wrong in the first period of the Bulldogs' victory Thursday, but sophomore first-line wing Riley Tufte absorbed a hit to his lower leg by Ohio State senior center Dakota Joshua that forced the towering 6-foot-6 Ham Lake, Minn., native to the locker room. Notre Dame, riding a bit of momentum, was able to kill both power plays.
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Following the game, the Wolverines expressed disappointment losing on what seemed to be a harmless two-on-two rush in the final seconds of the game. Minutes later, it was a time game thanks to who? It's hard to have a new coach come in and I'm sure they were nervous, wondering if we'd shake things up.
Ninety seconds into the final period of play, Notre Dame won a face-off in the defensive zone and took it coast to coast.
Beilein said he'll be watching on Thursday. I know a lot of coaches say this, but they're honestly like sons to me. "It's the sign of a team that's gaining confidence". "So if they aren't playing each other, I'm a Bulldog fan", he said. "But, we played well as a team". Freshman defenseman Quinn Hughes drove down the ice with electric dangles and delivered a pass through the crease that just missed its mark. "They have some really talented players". Calderone and junior defenseman Joseph Cecconi got the assists.
UMD was the last at-large team selected for this year's NCAA tournament, slipping into the 16-team field by one-ten thousandth of a rating percentage index point. "We dug ourselves a hole, but I couldn't be more proud of my group". Those two guys have been instrumental in our success.
Puck drop on Saturday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
"When you are fighting for your life to get into the tournament, you are playing playoff hockey a couple weeks earlier than everyone else", Thomas said. And I think that started to show in the second half. "I thought we were going into overtime". It's great, and that's what's special about MI. "Their system, the youth level, in high school, they do a tremendous job in their development and skill".