PET TS BURG (AP) – Gareth Waite scored in overtime in the Frozen Quartet semifinals on Thursday night, with Massachusetts beating reigning champions Minnesota Duluth 3-2.
UMass (19-5-4) goes to the National Championship on Saturday.
UMass was without four players as the COVID-19 contacts were searched, including leading goal scorer Karson Gichevich and starting goalkeeper Philip Lindbergh.
And that showed for most of the game, as Minnesota Duluth won և 36-15 over UMass 26-11 at the end of the regular season. But Minutemen took the extra time with a 13-2 advantage.
“We just ate a few meals in the dressing room, and during the fall we brought our legs back and focused on our game,” White said.
UMass striker Anthony Del Gaizo equalized 2: 11: In the 35th minute, and in the third period, with a response kick that fell to the right of the net, և White came on the field on Bobby Tribino’s pass 14. 30 in extra time to win it.
Reserve goalkeeper Matt Murray, who started one game less than Lindbergh this season, made 36 saves.
UMass 1: Gained a 0-point lead as defender Zack Ones scored a goal in a power play that was delayed from the post in the first half. Minnesota Dalut equalized 2 minutes, 17 seconds after Tanner Laderoute’s third goal of the season.
In the second half, Kol Kopken 2: He beat Minnesota Duluth by 1 point when he hit back.
Freshman Ach Ach Steiskal made 25 saves for Minnesota Duluth (16-11-2), who wanted to become the second turf champion in NCAA history.
UMass cut the winning streak of nine Minnesota Duluth games in NCAA overtime.