The five-goal third period the Denver Pioneers produced to win the school's record-tying ninth NCAA hockey title was spurred in part by inspiring words from a former player who is fighting a deadly disease while serving in the Minnesota state legislature.
For just the third time in the 40-plus years the Hobey Baker Award has been handed out, a goalie was named the top player in college hockey, as Minnesota State Mankato star Dryden McKay claimed the trophy.
Long before Reggie Lutz was born, his father Danny faced a medical challenge that he has stared down and never let affect what he does as a hockey dad. Also: Gophers forward Schmidt honored for classroom work, and Denver is a surprisingly good seafood town.
Denver played the defensive game it needed to play in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, limiting powerful Michigan's offense and holding off the Wolverines long enough to win in overtime and advance to the national title game.
Big Ten tournament champion Michigan, vying for the program's 10th NCAA-record championship, returns to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2018. NCHC co-champion Denver, meanwhile, is seeking its ninth NCAA title and first since 2017.