The first of the two Frozen Four games went right down to the wire despite the score but the Minnesota Gophers and North Dakota Sioux went down to the very last moments of the game because of the score and fans everywhere won’t soon forget this instant classic that occurred in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
In college hockey, the rivalries don’t get anymore brutal than the Gophers and the Sioux and the stage both teams were on helped elevate this already epic rivalry to a whole different level.
The game came down to netminding as both the Gophers and the Sioux managed to hold each other scoreless for two whole periods. The first score of the game came just before the after the tenth minute in the third period but was quickly answered by a goal for the Sioux.
But the reason everyone will be talking about this game is the finish as you don’t get any closer to a buzzer beating goal that the Gophers did. On a rush that seemingly looked pointless, the Gophers were able to score the game winning goal with just 0.6 seconds left in the game.
To call this game an instant classic is to greatly reduce how amazing the game was form the very drop of the puck to literally the final second. The stunned expression the Sioux had on their faces was perhaps more fitting than the expression ever has been as the loss was truly deflating and shocking in nature.
Minnesota now moves on to play another cinderella team in the Union Dutchmen in the national championship this Saturday on ESPN.