With 57 seconds left in regulation, Blackhawks prospect Nick Schmaltz scored the game-winning goal to send North Dakota to the NCAA championship game in Tampa.
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Schmaltz’s goal broke a 2-2 tie; Denver had scored twice in the opening 11 minutes of the third period to draw the game even. Rhett Gardner scored into an empty net to make the final score 4-2.
Luke Johnson, North Dakota’s second line center and also a Blackhawks prospect, left the game in the second period and did not return.
Earlier on Thursday, Quinnipiac eliminated Blackhawks prospect Chris Calnan and Boston College.
North Dakota will face Quinnipiac at 7:30 PM CT on Saturday. The game will air on ESPN2.