Pittsburgh — Defensive Matthew Kessel, who chose St. Louis Bruce in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Entry, scored a power play goal. Massachusetts He defeated St. Cloud State University 5-0 on Saturday night to win the NCAA Hockey Championship.
Philip Lindberg made 25 saves and Aaron Bollinger scored his first career goal when the program won the first NCAA title.
After the St. Cloud State University turnover, Bollinger led the breakaway and dropped the puck to Ryan Sullivan. Ryan Sullivan’s one-touch pass set up Bollinger’s one-time and started scoring in about seven minutes of the game. The lead revster’s first lap-around goal with about one minute remaining was Minuteman 2-0 lead.
UMass (20-5-4), who expanded his undefeated streak to 14 games in the program record, made his third NCAA tournament appearance. Minnesota lost 3-0 to Minnesota Duluth, who won the semifinals on Thursday, in the 2019 title game. The 2020 Frozen Four has been canceled due to a coronavirus pandemic.
David Hrenak made 17 saves in St. Cloud State (20-11-0) and appeared in the program’s first title game.
Philip Lagunov picked up a loose pack near Center Ice, cut back to avoid the defender, scored a short hand goal about 5 minutes in the second period to 3-0, and Kessel powers about 8 minutes later. Added play goals. Bobby Trivigno scored in the third period.
Lindberg posted his record fourth career shutout at the NCAA Tournament. Finnish juniors participated in a country-leading game with ERA (1.33) and ERA (.946).
UMass is 15-0-0 this season when they score at least four goals.