College sports madness might just be a phenomenon best served cold.
With his last-second goal to send Minnesota to the national championship game of the 2014 men's NCAA hockey tournament, Justin Holl showed that the Frozen Four can produce buzzer beaters just like the Final Four. The senior defenseman scored the game-winning goal with 0.6 seconds remaining to lift the Gophers to a 2-1 win over North Dakota in Philadelphia on Thursday night and into the national championship game. Making the last-second goal even more miraculous, Minnesota was playing with one less player on the ice after a holding penalty by Connor Reilly with 1:39 remaining in the third period.
"It was another boring Minnesota-North Dakota game," Minnesota coach Don Lucia joked afterward to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
That stunning late score was the third goal in the final 10 minutes of the game.
In the opening national semifinal, Union outlasted Boston college in a 5-4 thriller that included three goals scored in the furious final two minutes of the third period.
Minnesota and union will skate for the national championship on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.