UND is heading back to the Final Five. It may not seem like a big deal to most fans since the team has gone there 11 years in a row, but when you consider that the second-longest streak is two years, that’s pretty impressive. Yes, UND has more consecutive Final Five titles than any other team has consecutive Final Five appearances.
UND got there with a 6-0 win over Michigan Tech in Game 3 of the series — arguably UND’s most complete game of the season. Game stories:
- UND is No. 7 in the Pairwise after the weekend and has secured, at minimum, an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.
- UND handed Michigan Tech its most lopsided defeat under second-year coach Mel Pearson. The last time Tech lost by six-plus goals was March 2011 — against the same UND team. UND beat the Huskies 11-2 and 8-0 in back-to-back games.
- UND reached the six-goal mark, without the help of a power-play tally, for the first time since Feb. 11, 2011, when it beat Anchorage 6-1.
- UND dominated from the start, throwing 18 shots at the Huskies in the opening frame. That tied the most shots in a period for the team this season.
- A couple of players were able to break long goal droughts. Colten St. Clair got his first since December and Brendan O’Donnell got his first since November. Corban Knight’s tally broke a seven-game goal drought.
- Clarke Saunders and Tate Maris posted the third combined shutout in UND history. The last was Jake Brandt and Jordan Parise, who did it in 2003 against Yale.
- UND enters the Final Five with a 44-16 postseason (WCHA and NCAA) record under ninth-year coach Dave Hakstol. That’s 17 more postseason wins than anyone else in the league during that span, which is ridiculous.
- For the third time in four years, UND will be playing in the Thursday game at the Final Five, meaning it will need to win three games to win the tournament. Thursday will be UND’s fourth game in seven days.