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TAMPA, Fla. — Freshman Luke Mittelstadt scored two goals in the third period in two-and-a-half minutes as top-ranked Minnesota edged Boston College 6-2 in the opening game of the NCAA Frozen Four on Thursday night. I went down with
Mittelstadt scored their second goal from the same spot in the left circle to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead on a power play with 18:20 left in the third period and scored their fifth goal of the season. . It’s his third goal in the NCAA Tournament.
Logan Cooley added two empty net goals to reach 22 on the season.
The five-time national champion Gophers (29-9-1) will play in the title game on Saturday in pursuit of their first title since 2003.
Minnesota took a 2–1 lead late in the first period on back-to-back 50-second goals by Mike Coster and Rhett Pittrick. Koster scored his sixth goal of the year in a blast from the circle. Pittrick finished a pass between the legs from Aaron Huglen.
Minnesota appeared to take a 3–1 lead with 44.5 seconds remaining in the second period on Cooley’s rebounding, but was taken away after a goaltender interference challenge.
Boston College (29-11-0) posted a nine-game winning streak through February 24th. The Terriers were chasing their first national title since 2009.
BU went undefeated at 21-0-0 when he scored the first goal of the game. And the Terriers took a 1–0 lead when Sam Stephens rebounded for his eighth goal of the season. BU tied it 2-all with Jay O’Brien’s deflection in front of the net, the only goal of the second period.
It was the fifth time the two programs had met in the national semifinals and the first time since 1995.