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Record breaker: UMD advances to Frozen Four after marathon game against North Dakota

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FARGO, N.D. -- For the fourth consecutive season, the UMD men's hockey team is advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four.

The Bulldogs earned a 3-2 win in overtime over rival North Dakota in the NCAA quarterfinals.

The game was scoreless heading into the third period, until Jackson Cates deflected a puck in front past Fighting Hawks goaltender Adam Scheel. Just 1:20 later, Hermantown native Cole Koepke sniped UMD's second goal past Scheel.

With just two minutes remaining in regulation, North Dakota finally answered with a pair of goals in just 40 seconds. Collin Adams and Jordan Kawaguchi came up with the goals for UND.

In the first overtime, Koby Bender found Kobe Roth for what appeared to be the game-winning goal for UMD. After a lengthy review, it was called back due to a frame-by-frame review that deemed Bender offside on the play.

In what was the longest game in NCAA Tournament history, Luke Mylymok scored in the fifth overtime to lift the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win.

It was the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Fighting Hawks in the NCAA Tournament since 1984, when Scott Sandelin was a player with UND.

UMD will take on UMass in their Frozen Four semifinals, on Thursday, April 8 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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