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07 April 2018, 12:20 | Tracey Rhodes
"We were very fortunate to get the lead that we had in the regular season with that winning streak that we had, because we found out in the second half how challenging the conference is and how much better it got", said Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson, whose team won 16 consecutive games from October 27 through January 19.
Michigan, which had a two-goal lead in the second period, lost, 4-3, to Notre Dame on Thursday night in a Frozen Four semifinal at the Xcel Energy Center.
"Once we got behind, we saw the desperation we needed to play with from the start", said MI coach Mel Pearson.
The Bulldogs earned another chance to show the world that they're, possibly, the best team in the game on Saturday night. "But, we played well as a team". "I just feel bad for our team".
"But it's good to be back here".
The realization had already set in that he would never wear that MI maize and blue again and Dancs' emotions couldn't be hidden.
"But it takes time for those kids to get used to college hockey". The seniors have been outstanding for us this year. The Irish have won four-straight postseason games by one goal, two of those games in overtime.
The Bulldogs, who feature 10 freshmen, weathered a turbulent regular season, which is why they were the last team picked in the 16-team field.
Burke's goal was his 14th of the season, but first since February 3 at Penn State (2-2 tie).
Twenty days ago, Minnesota Duluth players sat in the locker room at AmsOil Arena watching overtime of the Notre Dame-Ohio State Big Ten playoff championship game on their phones.
"It's heartbreaking", senior forward Dexter Dancs said. "There wasn't a lot of people who believed in us coming into the season".
"It was insane. I remember that we were sitting close to the UMD section, the players came over to the section and somebody even had a print of the Duluth News Tribune in advance with UMD wins the championship on it". We didn't have the most talent. It has failed to put a team in the Frozen Four since 2014 as the Hockey East and ECAC have consistently put teams in the Frozen Four.
"To make this run my senior year, me and Tony, we've been having so much fun playing hockey".
Calderone scored midway through the first and Dancs shot from the left wall deflected off the arm of Notre Dame's Dennis Gilbert in front of the net for a 2-0 MI lead 17 seconds into the middle period. This is the first time ever these two have met in the Frozen Four.
There was so much for Pearson to dissect on the final goal and all of it going wrong for U-M.
Notre Dame defeated MI 4-3 in the second semifinal with a thrilling finish, scoring the winning goal with five seconds remaining. Calderone and junior defenseman Joseph Cecconi got the assists.
But Notre Dame can win the tough games.
"These tight games, obviously we want to keep piling up goals, but this time of year that's not going to happen", Evans, who had two goals and an assist, told USCHO.com.
The teams went to the second intermission tied at two, but that didn't last long into the third and final period.
Irish players celebrate a goal during a 4-2 victory over Wisconsin on January 19 at Purcell Pavilion. Combine that with an effective screen from Andrew Peeke, and we've got ourselves a hockey game. "So if they aren't playing each other, I'm a Bulldog fan", he said. Boston's Brandon Hickey whiffed at the puck in his zone, sophomore forward Jake Slaker snatched the loose change and rifled home a game-winning goal off a Terrier's leg to send the Wolverines to St. Paul. "I've been around my share of them". They drove wide and just threw it across the crease and they were able to get a stick on it.
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