PITTSBURGH — Garrett Wait scored in extra time and short-handed Massachusetts beat two-time defending champion Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Thursday night time within the Frozen 4 semifinals.
UMass (19-5-4) advances to Saturday’s nationwide championship sport in opposition to St. Cloud State — as each groups search to make program historical past with a primary title.
UMass was with out 4 gamers resulting from COVID-19 contact-tracing protocols, together with main objective scorer Carson Gicewicz and beginning goaltender Filip Lindberg.
And it confirmed for a lot of the sport as Minnesota Duluth outshot UMass 26-11 by means of two durations and 36-15 on the finish of regulation. However the Minutemen took over in extra time with a 13-2 edge.
“We simply ate some meals within the locker room between durations, received our legs again and simply centered on our sport,” Wait stated.
UMass ahead Anthony Del Gaizo tied it at 2 with 11:35 remaining within the third interval on a rebound that fell to the proper of the web, and Wait received a stick on Bobby Trivigno’s wraparound cross at 14:30 in extra time to win it.
Backup goaltender Matt Murray, who began one much less sport than Lindberg this season, made 36 saves.
UMass took a 1-Zero lead as defenseman Zac Jones scored a power-play objective on a wrist shot that went off the submit late within the first interval. Minnesota Duluth tied it 2 minutes, 17 seconds afterward Tanner Laderoute’s third objective of the season.
Cole Koepke gave Minnesota Duluth a 2-1 lead in the course of the second when he put dwelling a rebound.
Freshman goaltender Zach Stejskal made 25 saves for Minnesota Duluth (16-11-2), which was trying to change into the second three-peat champion in NCAA historical past.
UMass snapped Minnesota Duluth’s nine-game profitable streak in extra time video games on the NCAA Match.