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Union wins NCAA men's hockey championship

Published On: Apr 13 2014 12:30:15 AM MDT
Updated On: Apr 13 2014 12:40:39 AM MDT
Union College Men's Hockey champs

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Union College, a program with no athletic scholarships and with an enrollment of 2,241, defeated No. 1 overall seed University of Minnesota 7-4 on Saturday to claim college hockey's top prize in Philadelphia.

With its defeat of Minnesota in the final and 5-4 win over Boston College in the Frozen Four semifinal Thursday, Union faced off against two of the most successful programs in all of college hockey to win this national title.

Union has made two trips to the Frozen Four in the last two years.

"I don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore," Shayne Gostisbehere told the Houston Chronicle. Gostisbehere had a goal and two assists against the Gophers.

Union (32-6-4) won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. The liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., competes in Division III in all other sports.

"They came as advertised," Minnesota coach Don Lucia told the Chronicle. "We knew it going in."

According to CBSSports.com, the game included a six-goal first period in which the Dutchmen scored three times in a span of 1:54 to erase a 2-1 deficit early in the game and own a 4-2 lead after the first 20 minutes. The Gophers got one back in the second period and controlled most of the middle frame as well.

Union responded in the third period when Max Novak scored to give Union a 5-3 lead, but a power-play goal by Hudson Fasching gave Minnesota a breath of a chance with 4:40 to play.

Union responded when Kevin Sullivan took a chip pass from Mat Bodie and deposited the puck under Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox to make it 6-4. Bodie, the team's captain, put home an empty-netter to ice it with just over 44 seconds remaining, CBSSports.com reported.