Bulldogs nip Buckeyes, advance to national championship game Saturday night

Bulldogs sophomore forward Riley Tufte battled for a loose puck in front of the Ohio State net in Thursday’s Frozen Four semifinal. Brett Groehler / UMD

The Bulldogs will play for a NCAA national championship following a 2-1 victory over Ohio State in an NCAA Frozen Four semifinal Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

UMD will face Notre Dame, which beat Michigan 4-3 in the second semifinal Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Xcel.

“I’m really excited for our guys, for how they’ve grown through the year and now to be able to play in the final game of the year is pretty special,” said Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin. “I hope playing here gives us a big advantage. I remember in 2011 when we came out the building was electric. You could feel it in warm-up. I hope it’s the same way on Saturday because I thought that was an outstanding hockey game. And, I expect the same thing Saturday.”

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