Notre Dame senior captain Jake Evans scored a game-winning goal with 5.2 seconds left to play to beat Michigan 4-3 and send the Fighting Irish to the national championship game.
Notre Dame will face Minnesota-Deluth in its second title game appearance. The Fighting Irish have never won a hockey national championship.
Evans scored a pair of goals, tying the game at 2 in the second period after the Wolverines took a 2-0 lead behind goals by Tony Calderon and Dexter Dancs.
Cal Burke gave Notre Dame a 3-2 lead, but Michael Pastujov tied the game with 5:22 left in the third period.
Find the time of puck drop, the TV channel and other game time information below:
Michigan-Notre Dame hockey live updates
Michigan-Notre Dame hockey game time, details
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Location: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
What TV channel is Michigan-Notre Dame hockey on?
The Michigan-Notre Dame basketball game will air on ESPN2.
How can I watch Michigan-Notre Dame hockey online?
The Michigan-Notre Dame hockey game will be streaming on WatchESPN.
Michigan-Notre Dame hockey preview
Most college sports fans are aware that these two schools are rivals in football, but the hate between the Wolverines and Fighting Irish extends to the ice as well.
These two rivals will be meeting for the fifth time this season, and this game is essentially a grudge match, as the season series is split 2-2. Of course, the winner will not only own bragging rights over its rival but will also be headed to the NCAA Hockey Tournament championship.
Michigan won the first two meetings with Notre Dame this season, winning 2-1 on both Jan. 5 and 7. The Fighting Irish returned the favor, though, beating the Wolverines, 4-2, and then, 1-0, on Feb. 16 and 18, respectively.
Dating back to last season, four of the last five matchups between Michigan and Notre Dame have been decided by one goal. Each program won a game at the other’s arena this season as well.
Close games has been a common theme for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish won each of their NCAA Tournament games by a goal, including a 4-3 overtime victory over Michigan Tech in the first round. Notre Dame then beat Providence, 2-1, to advance to the Frozen Four.
Michigan defeated Northeastern, 3-2, in the first round and then Boston University, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.
The Wolverines have a very decorated hockey program, but this is their first trip to the Frozen Four since 2011. Michigan is searching for its 10th NCAA hockey title, but the program hasn’t won the tournament since 1998.
Notre Dame has never won the championship, but the Fighting Irish are back in the Frozen Four for the second straight year and fourth time in program history. The Irish lost in the national semifinals to Denver, who eventual won the championship, 6-1, last season.
Interestingly, Notre Dame also made the 2011 Frozen Four, but the Irish didn’t face the Wolverines. Michigan and Notre Dame have played each other twice in the history of the NCAA Tournament, and that series is also split, 1-1.
The winner of the Michigan-Notre Dame matchup will face the victor of the Minnesota Duluth-Ohio State game, which takes place on the ice immediately before the Irish and Wolverines square off. The championship will be Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.
2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Bracket
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Thursday, April 5
at the Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)
6 p.m. ET — Minnesota Duluth vs. Ohio State | ESPN2
9:30 p.m. ET — Michigan vs. Notre Dame | ESPN2
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Saturday, April 7
at the Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)
7:30 p.m. ET — Semifinal winners | ESPN
2018 Frozen Four: Champions, history
Here are the Frozen Four champions since 1970:
- 2017: Denver
- 2016: North Dakota
- 2015: Providence
- 2014: Union (N.Y.)
- 2013: Yale
- 2012: Boston College
- 2011: Minnesota Duluth
- 2010: Boston College
- 2009: Boston University
- 2008: Boston College
- 2007: Michigan State
- 2006: Wisconsin
- 2005: Denver
- 2004: Denver
- 2003: Minnesota
- 2002: Minnesota
- 2001: Boston College
- 2000: North Dakota
- 1999: Maine
- 1998: Michigan
- 1997: North Dakota
- 1996: Michigan
- 1995: Boston University
- 1994: Lake Superior State
- 1993: Maine
- 1992: Lake Superior State
- 1991: Northern Michigan
- 1990: Wisconsin
- 1989: Harvard
- 1988: Lake Superior State
- 1987: North Dakota
- 1986: Michigan State
- 1985: Rensselaer
- 1984: Bowling Green
- 1983: Wisconsin
- 1982: North Dakota
- 1981: Wisconsin
- 1980: North Dakota
- 1979: Minnesota
- 1978: Boston University
- 1977: Wisconsin
- 1976: Minnesota
- 1975: Michigan Tech
- 1974: Minnesota
- 1973: Wisconsin
- 1972: Boston University
- 1971: Boston University
- 1970: Cornell