Saturday, April 12, 2014

Minnesota Gophers Lose to Union College 7-4 in NCAA College Hockey Championship Game

After the Minnesota Gophers dramatic game winning goal against the University of North Dakota with less than one second left in the third period on Thursday, Gophers fans ran into the streets in droves to riot and act like animals.

I have no patience for rioting, especially when your team wins.

Minnesota Gophers Fans Celebrate One Game too Early

University of Minnesota students and Gophers fans who rioted on Thursday night aren't the brightest bulbs in the room or in this case the streets of Dinkytown (U of M Campus). These losers celebrated one game too early. I've never heard of fans rioting and celebrating after a semi-final victory but the boneheads in Dinky town did just that.

Saturday was much different as the Union Dutchmen defeated the Minnesota Gophers 7-4 to win their first college hockey championship. After the Gophers took a 2-1 lead in the first period, the Dutchmen scored 3 straight goals in a period of about 5 minutes to take a 4-2 lead.

The Dutchmen would never look back as they went on to defeat the Gophers.

The Gophers Didn't Give Up

Minnesota never gave up. They scored a goal early in the second period to cut the lead to one but Union scored at the 5:32 mark of the third period to go up by two again. Then the Minnesota Gophers led us on a ride and many fans had to believe that they would find a way to win another game in dramatic fashion.

With 3:40 left in the third period the Gophers scored a power play goal to pull within one goal. The Gophers were definitely gritty. They were like that fly at a picnic that never leaves you alone. They kept coming and with about 1:30 left, the Gophers were flying into the Dutchmen's zone, on their way to the net.

A union defenseman made a spectacular play and poked the puck away, then passed the puck to his teammate who went on to score, ending the Gophers hopes of winning a national title. Union would score an empty net goal shortly after and the Gophers were left shaking their heads.

Gophers Seemed Destined to be Champions

When the Minnesota Gophers scored their fourth goal late in the third, I thought I would have to witness another annoying victory from a team that finds ways to stick a dagger in opposing fans metaphoric hearts. I still hadn't recovered from their victory over the University of North Dakota on Thursday night, so this North Dakota fan did what all other North Dakota fans did on Saturday night; they were cheering for Union to pull off the upset.

The Gophers were the best team in the nation for most if the season. There didn't seem to be anything that could stand in their way, until they met Union. Union was that road block and it came at the worst time for the Gophers.

In all previous games against Union, the Gophers came out victorious. So the odds were against Union and against this fan getting his wish. Amazingly I did witness the defeat of the Gophers. Yes sir and Yes Ma'am.

Now I won't have to listen to KFAN radio here in the Twin Cities and listen to the homers brag and gloat about their Minnesota Gophers.

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  1. The gopher's won by the skin of their teeth on could see this coming esp. after they celebrated so early. The celebration on Thursday after their first goal nearly cost them that game too....I have wondered before if they need to read the fable of the Tortoise and the they have a history of getting ahead of themselves then slacking.. Nonetheless they were a good team this year.

  2. Thanks for your comment. They did have a good season but Wilcox saved one of his worst games for the last one.

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