Welcome back everyone, this is Kels Dayton coming to you live from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. I’ll be keeping you up to date with by-the-second updates from the second semifinal here at the Frozen Four between top-seeded Quinnipiac and fourth-seed St. Cloud State. Keep it here for all the latest updates.
We’re back and ready for period number 3. The Bobcats have a 4-1 lead thanks to goals from Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Ben Arnt, Jeremy Langlois, and Kellen Jones. Goaltender Eric Hartzell has been spectacular as usual. Keep it right here for more updates. We’ll be back in 10 minutes.
10:27 p.m. Alright, we’re back, after a harrowing trip to the bathroom and a failed attempt to get another Sprite. I feel like Mike Francesa right now. 20 minutes are all that stand between us and a Quinnipiac-Yale final on Saturday night. Incredible. Puck drops, and the third period has begun.
10:30 p.m. A Cory Thorson shot is blocked by the Bobcats’ Zach Currie. Quinnipiac’s defense has been unbelievable in this game, one of the big reasons why they have a 4-1 lead despite being out-shot, 25-20 at this point.
10:33 p.m. A number of great chances for Quinnipiac on the last series, including one from right up-close by Matthew Peca.
10:36 p.m. The shot deficit has closed to 25-23. It was 21-12 at one point. Quinnipiac has looked like the aggressors since the midway point of the second period and has gotten many more quality scoring chances.
10:39 p.m. An untimely line change (how often do you see those in hockey) leads to a St. Cloud State shot that caroms off the side of the net. Good chance for the Huskies, but they’re going to need to cash in on some of these pretty soon if they want to have any chance at a comeback. 12:39 to go in the third.
10:43 p.m. Huskies’ Johnny Brodzinski nicks the post with a shot. Quinnipiac comes right back down the ice and a hellacious shot by Matthew Peca is stopped by Faragher. Man, Peca can really shoot the puck.
10:49 p.m. It’s just starting to sink in that QUINNIPIAC is going to play YALE for the national title. 7:27 to go in the third.
10:54 p.m. 4:37 left, still 4-1 Bobcats. Hartzell has made 29 saves. He’s been terrific tonight. It’s going to be interesting to see if Yale can control the puck like it did against UMass-Lowell. You might expect them to have a shots advantage, but if Hartzell plays like this, they’re going to need a big advantage.
10:57 p.m. The St.Cloud fans are still lively here. Many of them dancing to MackLemore’s song about wearing grandad clothes. Great fans. Almost all of them are still here and saluting their team on a great season. They’re proud to be here. Very classy.
11:00 p.m. A little four-on-four action coming for the next 1:18. Now 3:55 remaining in the game.
11:02 p.m. Empty net for St. Cloud State. So I guess it’s going to be five-on-four.
11:08 p.m. It’s all over, as Quinnipiac will advance to play Yale for the NCAA title on Saturday night. UNBELIEVABLE.
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That’s it for tonight. Thanks for checking in with us everyone. See you Saturday!