In which we recap the day's events in the NCAA tournament.
It wasn't a night for superstars.
One might have expected any win for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, improbable though it may have seemed even a month ago, to be delivered by its alarmingly prolific top line of Mike Connolly, Jack Connolly and Justin Fontaine.
The three combined for 161 points in 41 games this year. And they were never more intimidating than when they had a power play. In Duluth's three previous NCAA games, Connolly-Connolly-Fontaine combined for nearly every goal the team scored, including seven power play goals (and a shortie) of the total 11.
But Michigan coach Red Berenson has been around the block a time or 12 and he had a plan: If Duluth was going to win, it wouldn't be those damn Connolly boys that did the damage.
Problem is, when the truly important games go to overtime, it's rarely a beautiful highlight reel play from a prolific go-to guy that picks up the game-winning goal. And tonight, a guy thatRead More »from NCAA Frozen Four: An unlikely hero as Duluth wins title