Quinnipiac Beats Minnesota 3-2 in OT, Wins NCAA Hockey Title

Quinnipiac defeats Minnesota in overtime 3-2 to win its first NCAA hockey title.

TAMPA (AP) - Jacob Quillan's goal 10 seconds into the overtime period gave Quinnipiac a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday night, earning it its first NCAA Hockey title.

Quinnipiac (34-5-3) had been trailing for over 50 minutes before Quillan took the lead in the extra period. Zach Metsa flipped a puck to a running Sam Lipkin who then fed Quillan the winning goal.

The first Frozen Four Championship game since 2011 to go into overtime.

John Mittelstadt scored at point-blank distance with 14:25 remaining in the first period. Jaxon Nelson then gave Minnesota (29-10-1), a 2-0 advantage when he redirected a shot from Brock Faber, which bounced off the walls into the net five minutes into second.

Quinnipiac trimmed its deficit to 2-1 with Cristophe Tellier’s goal at 12:39 in the second half.

Quinnipiac's Rand Pecknold, who had 3:28 left in the regulation time and the Gophers ahead 2-1 went for an empty goal. Collin Graf, the team leader with 21 goals in the season and yet to score a goal in the three tournament games or more that Quinnipiac played in the previous day to force extra-time.

The Bobcats had a 30-15 advantage over Minnesota in terms of shots and a 34-23 edge on faceoffs.