Minnesota Duluth defeats North Dakota in longest NCAA Tournament hockey game ever

Minnesota Duluth outlasted No. 1 North Dakota in the longest NCAA Tournament hockey game ever, a 3-2 win and five overtime for the Bulldogs in the Fargo Regional Final.

As the game dragged on early Sunday morning, rookie Luke Mylymok scored the golden goal to send Minnesota Duluth into the Frozen Four semifinals against Massachusetts. Saturday’s game – lasting 142 minutes, 13 seconds of ice time and six hours, 12 minutes of real time – broke the NCAA tournament record for the longest game set by women in the Wisconsin and Harvard in 2007.

“It was just phenomenal,” Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said. “We didn’t let off the gas, North Dakota just made a few plays at the end to tie. We had a chance to break the goal and thank God it ended… Couldn’t be more proud of this group.”

North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth combined for 119 shots. Minnesota Duluth goaltenders Zach Stejskal and Ryan Fanti combined for 63 saves, while North Dakota’s Adam Scheel saved 51. North Dakota came back from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the last two minutes of the third period to force overtime.

The winning goal was only the second of Mylymok’s career.

Minnesota Duluth is aiming for its third consecutive national championship after winning in 2018 and 2019 (last season’s tournament was canceled due to COVID-19). The Frozen Four will take place April 8 and 10 in Pittsburgh.

Catherine J. Martinez