After further review: UND and Yale to replay West Regional final has just learned that the NCAA director of officials for the 2013 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship has overturned the disallowed goal from the first period of Saturday’s Yale/North Dakota regional final in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The goal review, which took nearly nine minutes during the game, wasn’t long enough, according to Kristin Fasbender, NCAA associate director of championships and alliances and operations manager for the tournament.

Speaking on behalf of the NCAA officials, Fasbender reported that a three-person “review team” has been sequestered since late Saturday evening, and after nearly 36 hours, they have a verdict.

“They went back-and-forth on the thing,” she said, “because they wanted it to be unanimous. This is so important. The guys on the ice did the best they could, but they didn’t want the game to drag on, so they kind of mailed it in at the end. Late this morning, I got the call from the review team that it was a goal.”

The next question was what to do with that information? Should they keep it a secret? Make the final score “Yale 4, North Dakota 2” and move on?

“We knew that we had to replay the game. That early in the game (2:31 into the first period), that can change everything,” Fasbender continued. “So we asked North Dakota if they could host the game since they were the higher seed and we knew we could sell 11,000 tickets in four days. I called (Dave) Hakstol as soon as I found out to make sure none of his seniors played in an NHL game before this weekend.”

The game will be played this Friday, April 5th at 7:37 p.m., the customary start time for Friday home games at UND. When the puck is dropped at center ice, the scoreboard will read UND 1, Yale 0 with 17:29 to play in the first period. The teams will be required to dress the identical lineup as the first time around, although either coach will be allowed to change his starters and line combinations. It is unclear whether North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol will tab freshman Zane Gothberg or junior Clarke Saunders in net.

The winner of Friday’s replay will join St. Cloud State, Quinnipiac, and Massachusettes-Lowell in the Frozen Four, held in Pittsburgh, PA on April 11th and 13th.

A press conference detailing ticketing procedures is scheduled to air at 4:01 p.m. Central on ESPNU.

  • April fools

  • Brad Schaack via Facebook


  • not funny

  • Peter Christian via Facebook

    love it

  • Mat Telander via Facebook

    If only this was true.

  • Bec

    April fools

  • I did not fall for it this time. But good one.

  • Not funny

  • Nina Hanson via Facebook

    Still too fresh, not funny

  • Paul Witthauer via Facebook

    o boy, you got me on that one!

  • Bill Hamm via Facebook

    I almost Called Dan Hammer for his opinion 🙂

  • Esox

    Every year I look fwd to this article.

  • John T Helm via Facebook

    hook,, line, sinker ,, boat,, cooler,,me…………………

  • J

    is this for real… or is it a joke? since it’s april fools….

  • April Fools right?

  • John Jacobs via Facebook

    That would be nice as that was a goal and those refs blew many calls all weekend.

  • Matt

    Too soon dude, too soon.

  • MplsSioux

    Too soon…but pretty funny

  • Almost fell for it. I repeated this story to a couple of guys at work and they fell for it.

  • gopherfan

    look at the time the press conference is at 4:01 seriously….

  • Today is April Fool’s Day. I almost believed it.

  • Sure hope you didn’t buy tickets –

  • get a life

  • Sad Fan

    Definitely not funny after ending seaon with such a let down…what a mean thing to do.