ST. PAUL, Minn. - Kyle Schmidt scored 3:22 into overtime to give Minnesota Duluth a 3-2 victory over Michigan in the NCAA championship game Saturday night, the first national title for the Bulldogs.
Travis Oleksuk pulled Wolverines goalie Shawn Hunwick to the side and, from behind the net, fed Schmidt for a blink-of-the-eye tap-in to hand Michigan coach Red Berenson his first loss in a championship game.
Oleksuk and Max Tardy had second-period goals for Minnesota Duluth (26-10-6), which hadn’t played for the championship since losing in four overtimes to Bowling Green in 1984.
Ben Winnett and Jeff Rohrkemper scored for Michigan (29-11-4), which fell to 9-3 in title games. The Wolverines have the NCAA record of nine, with two of those under Berenson.
This has been quite the school year at UMD on the hill above Lake Superior, just a 21/2-hour drive north from the Xcel Energy Center, with the football team winning the Division II championship.