Despite a thrilling overtime victory on Friday, the Yale Bulldogs once again fell one win short of reaching the U.S. college hockey championship tournament.
Mike Connolly, who was the tournament MVP at the World Junior A Challenge in Trail in 2007, scored a short-handed goal and had three assists as the University of Minnesota-Duluth beat top-seeded Yale 5-3 on Saturday in front of almost 8,000 in Bridgeport, Conn.
Fruitvale’s Kevin Limbert had one assist for Yale and finished the season with 10 goals and 21 points in 36 games.
Yale, who reached the final after a 2-1 win over Air Force in the NCAA East regional on Friday, lost out on the final for the second consecutive year.
UMD now joins the University of Michigan at the NCAA’s Frozon Four in St. Paul, Minn. The two other finalists were to be determined in late games on Sunday.