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PITTSBURGH — Garrett Wait scored in overtime and short-handed Massachusetts beat two-time defending champion Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Thursday night in the Frozen Four semifinals.
UMass (19-5-4) advances to Saturday’s national championship game against St. Cloud State. Both groups seek to create program history with a primary title.
UMass has been four players due to COVID-19 contact-tracing protocols, such as leading goal scorer Carson Gicewicz and starting goaltender Filip Lindberg.
And it revealed for a lot of the game as Minnesota Duluth outshot UMass 26-11 through two phases and 36-15 at the conclusion of regulation. However, the Minutemen took over in overtime with a 13-2 border.
“We just ate some food in the locker room between periods, got our legs back and just focused on our game,” Wait said.
UMass forward Anthony Del Gaizo tied the score at 2-2 with 11 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the third period on a rebound that dropped to the right of this internet, and Wait obtained a stick on Bobby Trivigno’s wraparound pass at 14: 30 in overtime to win it.
Backup goaltender Matt Murray, who began one fewer game than Lindberg this season, made 36 saves.
UMass took a 1-0 lead as defenseman Zac Jones scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot that went off the post late in the first period. Minnesota Duluth tied it two minutes, 17 seconds later on Tanner Laderoute’s next aim of the season.
Cole Koepke gave Minnesota Duluth a 2-1 lead in the center of the moment when he put home a rebound.
Freshman goaltender Zach Stejskal created 25 saves for Minnesota Duluth (16-11-2), which was looking to become the second three-peat winner in NCAA history.
UMass snapped Minnesota Duluth’s nine-game winning streak in overtime games at the NCAA tournament.