Snow and polar temperatures couldn't keep college hockey fans from converging at the Xcel Energy Center Friday and Saturday for the inaugural North Star College Cup.
It was a State of Hockey college hockey showcase. Fans were treated to high-paced on-ice action with plenty of goals and overtime thrillers.
Friday opened with Minnesota State - Mankato and the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Both teams battled hard, ensuing in a very back-and-forth hockey that left the game knotted up. Three periods wouldn't decide the bout, but a late penalty left the door open for the Bulldogs, who capitalized for the 5-4 overtime win.
That evening it was No. 1 University of Minnesota and No. 5 St. Cloud State University on the ice. The Huskies managed to make it a game with a Jonny Brodzinski goal early on but the Gophers pulled ahead and took the win, 4-1.
The Mavericks and Huskies duked it out in the consolation game Saturday afternoon, scoring a combined 10 goals. SCSU came away with the win, 6-4, for third place.
It set up a championship match-up between UMD and Minnesota. Both squads were evenly matched, answering with goals on both ends of the ice. Chippy hockey set up plenty of power play opportunities, even late into the third period but the two teams skated to a 4-4 tie after regulation. A scoreless overtime period and the stage was set for a shootout. Gophers Seth Ambroz and Kyle Rau made their shots while goaltender Adam Wilcox stopped the two Bulldogs' attempts for the 5-4 victory.