Minnesota Duluth got three power-play goals and overcame an early deficit to defeat Notre Dame 4-3 in the first semifinal of the Frozen Four at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday afternoon.
The Bulldogs are in the title game for the first time since 1984 when they lost the championship to Bowling Green in four overtimes.
The Duluth power play was fantastic, as J.T. Brown, Mike Connolly and Jack Connolly had goals with the man advantage. Defenseman Justin Faulk had three assists, and Kyle Schmidt added an even-strength goal.
UMD goalie Kenny Reiter overcame a shaky start and stopped 31 shots, including 14 in the third period. The Irish outshot the Bulldogs 34-21, including a 15-2 advantage in the third period.
Notre Dame did not score on five power-play chances but did have a short-handed goal early in the third period to make it a one-goal game the rest of the way.