Minnesota-Duluth Stuns Harvard Late in Frozen Four Opener

The 2017 NCAA Frozen Four began today in Chicago at the United Center. The first semifinal game featured two teams with Devils prospects involved in Harvard University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Minnesota-Duluth won the game, 2-1 on a late goal by Alex Iafallo and both Devils prospects factored into all of the goals in the game.

Alexander Kerfoot and Harvard had beaten Providence College and Air Force to get to the championship round while Joey Anderson and Minnesota-Duluth defeated Ohio State and Boston University in the tournament to get to the final.

Harvard scored first when Devils draft pick, Kerfoot had the primary assist on the goal by Tyler Moy (Adam Fox had the other assist). That goal came at the 15 minute mark of the first period and the Crimson were out to a 1-0 lead.

But another Devils draft pick would even the game up. At 18:24 of the first period, Anderson beat goaltender Merrick Madsen (who made 36 saves in the game) off an assist to Dominic Toninato.

The game was tied at one and that was how it would stay until there were 27 seconds remaining in the game. Iafallo scored off of assists from Willie Raskob and Anderson to give Minnesota-Duluth the late 2-1 lead and putting them in the NCAA title game to be played on April 8 against the winner of the other seminfinal being played at 9:30 PM tonight between number one ranked Denver and Notre Dame.

The Denver University-Notre Dame game will be telecast on ESPN 2 while the championship game will be shown on ESPN at 8 PM on Saturday.