After having goal waved off at the end of the third, Notre Dame beats North Dakota in overtime in NCAA men’s hockey tournament

Notre Dame's Landon Slaggert takes a shot next to North Dakota's Ethan Frisch during Thursday's NCAA men's hockey tournament Albany Regional semifinal at MVP Arena.
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Notre Dame's Landon Slaggert takes a shot next to North Dakota's Ethan Frisch during Thursday's NCAA men's hockey tournament Albany Regional semifinal at MVP Arena.

ALBANY — Notre Dame thought it had scored the game-winning goal against North Dakota at the end of the third period in Thursday’s NCAA men’s hockey tournament Albany Regional semifinal.

But after a long video review overturned it, the Fighting Irish made quick work of the Fighting Hawks in overtime.

Graham Slaggert’s power-play goal 1:38 into the extra period gave Notre Dame a 2-1 victory over North Dakota at MVP Arena.

Notre Dame (28-11-0) will face Minnesota State in the regional final at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four. The Mavericks beat Harvard 4-3 in the first semifinal.

This game will be remembered for how the third period ended.

North Dakota (24-14-1) was on a power play after former Union player Jack Adams was called for hooking with 1:34 left in regulation. As time was winding down, Landon Slaggert put a shot on goalie Zach Driscoll. Notre Dame defenseman Adam Karashik came down the slot and fired the rebound home, sending the Fighting Irish into a wild celebration.

Problem was the scoreboard clock read 0.0 and the green light behind the goal was on, signaling the end of the period. Did the puck go in before that? The call on the ice was a goal.

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An overhead shot of the net had the scoreboard clock imbedded on the video. It showed 0.0 even before Landon Slaggert got his shot off, let alone the goal being scored.

Adding to the confusion for hockey fans around the country watching the game was that the ESPNU score bug had 0.3 seconds left when the puck went in.

“I just based on what’s on the scoreboard, and they’re telling me there’s two different clocks,” Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. “I mean, we’re playing to the scoreboard, not to a clock that’s not visible to anybody. When the green light went on, I assumed that meant that there was still time on the clock. At least that’s the way it is in the NHL, the green lights attached to the scoreboard or the clock.

“So the green light went on and to me, that means a goal.”

Referees Geno Binda Jr. and Jeremy Tufts took 11 minutes to review the play. They eventually ruled no goal, and the game headed to overtime.

The NCAA issued a statement, saying: “The NCAA video replay system includes a burned-in camera view of the scoreboard clock, which is the official timing device. As many are aware, the ESPN program feed is not the official time. Additionally, the green light to signal the end of play is not an official part of the timing system.

“The overhead view that includes the scoreboard clock, which is synchronized with the video feed, clearly showed the clock expiring before the shot entered the goal. Therefore the referees determined time had expired and there was no goal scored by Notre Dame.”

“We were excited getting that goal,” Landon Slaggert said. “But having it called back, we had to regroup.”

Notre Dame did just that. Towards the end of Adams’ penalty, North Dakota’s Chris Jandric was called for tripping 14 seconds into OT. The Fighting Irish got a power play 12 seconds later, and Graham Slaggert sent everyone home when his wrist shot from the right circle beat Driscoll. Landon Slaggert provided a screen.

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“We scored a similar goal against Wisconsin in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten [tournament],” Graham Slaggert said. “Graham does a great job of screening the goalie, and I kind of knew where he was going to let me shoot and there was a big enough gap for me to score there.”

North Dakota thought it would be able to take advantage of the second chance. Instead, it was the second consecutive year that North Dakota’s season ended in overtime. The Fighting Hawks dropped a five-overtime game to Minnesota Duluth in last year’s Fargo Regional final.

“I think at the end of the day, you want to try to get the call right, take as much time as you can and they did,” North Dakota head coach Brad Berry said. “They took a lot of time, and they finally felt they made the right call. It gave us a new life. We had a lot of energy going into the locker room and coming out [for overtime].”

Notre Dame 0 1 0 1 — 2

North Dakota 1 0 0 0 — 1

First Period — 1, North Dakota, Johnson 2 (Kunz, Ness), 18:43. Penalties — None.

Second Period — 2, Notre Dame, L. Slaggert 12 (G. Slaggert), 1:04. Penalties — L. Slaggert, NDame (boarding), 9:17; Jandric, NoDak (holding), 18:21.

Third Period — None. Penalties — Costantini, NoDak (hooking), 7:27; Leivermann, NDame (hooking), 10:30; Adams, NDame (hooking), 18:26.

First Overtime — 3, Notre Dame, G. Slaggert 12 (Leivermann, L. Slaggert), 1:38 (pp). Penalties — Jandric, NoDak (interference), :14.

Missed penalty shot — Notre Dame, Gabe, 10:30 third.

Shots on Goal — Notre Dame 5-9-8-3 — 25. North Dakota 4-8-12-0 — 24.

Power-play opportunities — Notre Dame 1 of 3; North Dakota 0 of 2.

Goalies — Notre Dame, Galajda 18-7-0 (24 shots-23 saves). North Dakota, Driscoll 22-11-1 (25-23).

A — 2,345. T — 3:01.

Referees — Geno Binda Jr., Jeremy Tufts. Linesmen — Kevin Briganti, Bill Kingdon.

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