Holy Cross Upsets Minnesota 4-3 In NCAA West Regional
March 24, 2006
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Tyler McGregor scored 53 seconds into overtime to give Holy Cross a shocking 4-3 victory over Minnesota in the NCAA Division I West Region semifinals Friday.
It was the second goal of the game and 26th of the year for McGregor, who knocked in his own rebound after his first attempt was blocked by a Minnesota player.
The Crusaders were seeded No. 4 in the region and had played just one team in the regular season that made the NCAA tournament. It was their first game ever against Minnesota, one of the most powerful programs in the country.
The No. 1-seeded Gophers appeared to have worn down the Crusaders by the third period, taking a 3-2 lead on Alex Goligoski's goal at 2:17. Minnesota then killed off a 5-on-3 Holy Cross power play.
Crusaders forward Pierre Napert-Frenette tied it at 3-all at 7:53 of the third period, poking in a rebound after the puck came to rest in the crease. Minnesota goalie Kellen Briggs lost sight of the puck after making the first save.
Dale Reinhardt scored the other goal for the Crusaders (27-9-2), giving them a 1-0 lead at 8:49 of the first period.
Mike Howe and Phil Kessel also tallied for the Gophers (27-9-5).