Daniel Ciampini holds up the championship trophy
following an NCAA men's college hockey Frozen Four
tournament game against Minnesota Saturday in
Philadelphia. Union won 7-4.
- Tiny Union College skated off with the biggest trophy in
Dutchmen did it at the expense of two of the sport's
giants, toppling Minnesota for its first NCAA title after
beating Boston College in the semifinals.
scored three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a
7-4 victory Saturday, two nights after Daniel Ciampini
scored three goals in a 5-4 win over Boston College.
don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore,"
said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists
against the Gophers.
(32-6-4) won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its
last 17. The 2,200-student liberal arts college in
Schenectady, N.Y., competes in Division III in all other
came as advertised," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said.
"We knew it going in."
Minnesota took a 2-1 lead, Mike Vecchione tied it with
4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave Union the
lead 57 seconds later, and Ciampini capped the spree with
2:57 to go.
staple of our team all year — we come in waves,"
Union captain Mat Bodie said. "All three of those
goals were pack-of-wolf goals where we were just throwing
the puck on net."
Max Novak and Kevin Sullivan also scored and Colin Stevens
made 36 saves.
little bit speechless right now," third-year coach
Rick Bennett said. "Just happy for our school, for
this program and the past players. It's an unbelievable
Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching
scored for Minnesota (28-7-6). Adam Wilcox stopped 41
shots for the five-time champion Gophers.
teams are better defensively than a 7-4 score shows,"
Bodie said. "It's just one of those games where crazy
bounces happen. We just wanted to stick with our process.
We thought we were playing pretty well and great things
pulled Minnesota within one with the lone goal in the
second period, but Novak restored the two-goal cushion on
a deflection at 5:31 of the third.
cut it to 5-4 with a power-play goal with 3:40 left.
Sullivan put it away with 1:22 to go, and Bodie scored
into an empty net with 44.2 seconds remaining.
one shift at a time," Bodie said. "This is the
biggest game of our lives, hands down, but you've got to
treat it like any other game. It was tough, I had people
texting me, people calling me and stuff, and, you know, it
was real tough to keep that mindset, but with our sport
psychologist we were able to get that done."
opened the scoring on a rebound 2:37 into the first
period. Gostisbehere responded by weaving through three
opponents and beating Wilcox with a wrist shot to glove
side at 9:26.
controlled the game," Lucia said about Gostisbehere.
"From my vantage point, he was the best player on the
a minute after Gostisbehere's goal, Warning squeaked a
bad-angle shot between Stevens and the pipe to put
Minnesota up 2-1.
Dutchmen took over from there.
lost for the seventh time in the title game. The Gophers
were making their first appearance in the championship
game since winning its second straight title in 2003.