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CHAMPIONS! Union beats Minnesota to win NCAA hockey title

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CHAMPIONS! Union beats Minnesota to win NCAA hockey title

Union overcomes deficit.
CHAMPIONS! Union beats Minnesota to win NCAA hockey title
Fans cheer on the Union College hockey team from their home at Messa Rink in Schenectady while they play in the Frozen Four championship in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

The little school from upstate New York did it.

Union College, in its 23rd year of NCAA Division I hockey, captured its first NCAA hockey title Saturday by beating Minnesota, 7-4, Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Junior defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a goal and two assists to lead the Dutchmen.

Union scored three goals in less than two minutes to erase a 2-1 deficit late in the first period and take a two-goal lead.

Taylor Cammarata scored on a rebound 1:13 into the second period.

Mike Vecchione started the onslaught with 4:51 left. After goalie Adam Wilcox stopped about four shots, Vecchione put home a rebound to tie the score, 2-2.

Less than a minute later, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere made a move around a Minnesota defender along the left-wing board. He skated behind the net and put the puck in front to Eli Lichtenwald. His first shot was blocked, but Lichtenwald knocked home the rebound.

Daniel Ciampini, who had a hat trick in Thursday’s 5-4 semifinal win, scored on a rebound of a Max Novak shot with 2:57 left.

The Gophers grabbed a 1-0 lead 2:37 into the game. Nate Condon’s shot form the slot hit goalie Colin Stevens in the chest. Stevens lost track of the puck as it fell to his right in the crease. Justin Kloos swooped in and put the rebound home.

Gostisbehere, whose future home will be here with the Flyers, tied it with 10:34 left when he rocketed a wrist shot from the slot over Wilcox’s glove.

The Gophers got that on back with 9:57 left on a Sam Warning goal.

Max Novak tipped in a Kevin Sullivan shot at 5:31 of the third period to give Union a 5-3 lead. Hudson Fasching got a power-play goal with 3:40 left, but Sullivan scored with 1:22 left to make it 6-4. Mat Bodi sealed it with an empty-net goal.

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