The Notre Dame hockey team won an overtime thriller over the #1 ranked Michigan Wolverine late Thursday night to advance to the Championship game of the Frozen Four for the first time in school history.
Notre Dame, the first #4 seed in NCAA history to reach the Frozen Four, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and then used an excellent penatly kill with under three minutes to go to force overtime after Michigan tied the score at 4 earlier in the third period.
Calle Ridderwall punched the puck past freshman goalie Bryan Hogan 5:44 into overtime Thursday night, giving Notre Dame a 5-4 victory over the top-ranked Wolverines in the Frozen Four semifinals.
Ridderwall’s second goal of the night sent the Irish into a frenzied, pile-on celebration at center ice while the heavily favored Wolverines stood in stunned silence, their dreams of their first championship in a decade dashed at the hands of the upstart Fighting Irish, of all teams.
The Irish will now face Boston College in the championship game Saturday night in Denver. How nice would it be to beat BC for the title after their history of upsets over the Irish on the football field?