Minnesota-Duluth, Michigan to meet in NCAA hockey final
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Shawn Hunwick did a spectacular job between the pipes, making 40 saves to help Michigan blank North Dakota, 2-0, in an NCAA men's ice hockey semifinal from Xcel Energy Center.
Ben Winnett and Scooter Vaughan lit the lamp for the Wolverines (29-10-4), who beat Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado College prior to Thursday's semifinal victory.
Michigan will try to claim its 10th national title against Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday.
Aaron Dell stopped 18-of-19 shots for the Fighting Sioux (32-9-3), who defeated Rensselaer and Denver to reach the Frozen Four.
Michigan got all the scoring it would need with 6:34 left in the first period. A shot from the point left a rebound in front for Winnett, whose wrister beat Dell.
Still down 1-0 late in the third, North Dakota went on the power play when Jon Merrill was sent to the box for holding at 11:10.
The Wolverines killed off the penalty and Vaughan added an empty-net goal in the final minute to send Michigan to its first NCAA title game since winning it all in 1998.
In the earlier semifinal matchup, Jack Connolly notched the game-winning goal on a power play early in the second period as Minnesota-Duluth nipped Notre Dame, 4-3.
J.T. Brown, Mike Connolly and Kyle Schmidt also tallied for the Bulldogs (25-10-6), who dispatched Union and top overall seed Yale prior to Thursday's semifinal triumph.
Kenny Reiter stopped 31-of-34 shots for Minnesota-Duluth, which returns to the championship contest for the first time since 1984.
T.J. Tynan, Jeff Costello and Calle Ridderwall scored for the Fighting Irish (25-14-5), who topped Merrimack and New Hampshire to reach their second Frozen Four in four seasons.
Mike Johnson stopped just 17-of-21 shots in defeat.
04/07 23:33:38 ET