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Quinnipiac Upsets #1 Minnesota 3-2 in OT, Wins NCAA Hockey Championship

by Chloe Baker
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Jacob Quillan scored 10 seconds into overtime to help Quinnipiac get their first ever hockey championship title! The Bobcats were trailing for a really long time until Quillan’s goal in the extra period. To get the winning shot, Zach Metsa passed to Sam Lipkin who then set up the winning goal from Quillan.

The championship game of the Frozen Four went into overtime for the first time since 2011.

John Mittelstadt was able to put Minnesota (29-10-1) in front by scoring from close range and Jaxon Nelson made it 2-0 a few minutes later when he tipped in a shot by Brock Faber that had bounced off a wall.

With 12:39 left in the second period, Cristophe Tellier pulled one goal back and trimmed Quinnipiac’s deficit to 2-1.

With only 3 minutes and 28 seconds left before the game ended with the Gophers winning 2-1, Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold decided to take a risk by taking out their goalie from the net. Then 41 seconds later, Collin Graf (who is the team’s top scorer this season with 21 goals) scored making it 2-2 and resulting in an extra time period.

The Bobcats got more shots (30) and faceoffs won (34).

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