PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It was just three seasons ago when Union beat Minnesota -- in overtime, in Minneapolis -- for a win that pretty much put its program on the map.
Back then, Union had yet to even appear in an NCAA tournament. Now, it’s one victory away from the national championship.
"That was a massive win for us," senior Mat Bodie said. "It was an overtime game. It was at their place. It was one of the bigger programs we’d ever beaten. It’s all about taking baby steps, and I think that was a huge step in the growth of Union College."
The Dutchmen, flying under the radar no more, will step onto the ice to face Minnesota once again Saturday night. Union earned its way into the final by knocking off Boston College 5-4 on Thursday night. The Gophers advanced after a last-second goal in the third period gave them a 2-1 win over North Dakota.
The title game is a classic little guy vs. powerhouse.
Union (31-6-4), a small, liberal arts college of 2,220 students, offers no athletic scholarships. Minnesota (28-6-6), one of the country’s largest universities with more than 50,000 undergrads, hands out the maximum for hockey of 18.