Union College Wins First Frozen Four

April 13, 2014 | Marty Mossa

The rags to riches, Cinderella Union College Dutchmen of Schenectady, New York are the 2014 Frozen Four NCAA Hockey National Champions. The Dutchman downed the Minnesota Golden Gophers last night in Philadelphia 7-4 in the title game.

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Union who first Frozen Four qualification came three years ago; earned their right to be called college hockey’s best. The Dutchmen downed the Boston College Eagles in Thursday Night’s semifinals by the score of 5-4. The Eagles are college hockey’s equivalent of baseball’s New York Yankees. While the Minnesota Golden Gophers are equivalent to the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.

Minnesota opened the scoring before a barrage of offensive play by Union. Union tied the game at 1-1. Minnesota took a 2-1 lead. It was the last lead they would have during the 2013-2014 college hockey season. Union’s Mike Vecchione tied it with 4:01 left in the first period. Eli Lichtenwald gave Union the lead 57 seconds later, and Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go. The Dutchman skated into the first intermission leading 4-2. (AP)
The Golden Gophers’s Cammarata pulled Minnesota within one with the only tally in the second stanza. Dutchmen Novak restored the two-goal advantage on a deflection at 5:31 of the third. Minnesota’s Fasching cut it to 5-4 with a power-play goal with 3:40 left. Sullivan put it away with 1:22 to go, and Bodie scored into an empty net with 44.2 seconds remaining to ice the game. (AP)

Minnesota has not won a Frozen Four Tournament since winning back to back titles in 2002 and 2003. Next year’s Frozen Four Championship games will be placed in Boston’s TG Gardens.