UMD beats UND in fifth OT to set record for longest game in NCAA history

Minnesota Duluth's Scott Perunovich (7) has won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award as the top college hockey player. (Stacy Bengs/AP)

FARGO, N.D. — Luke Mylymok scored at 2:13 of the fifth overtime to send Minnesota Duluth into the Frozen Four with a 3-2 victory over North Dakota on Saturday night in the longest game in NCAA Tournament history.

Minnesota Duluth, which has won the last two national championships, became the first team to reach four straight Frozen Fours since North Dakota accomplished the feat from 2005-08. But the Bulldogs had to outlast North Dakota to get there again.

The game lasted 142 minutes, 13 seconds _ surpassing the previous mark of 123:53 set in St. Lawrence's four-overtime victory against Boston University in 2000.

North Dakota nearly won it just moments before Mylymok's goal when Jake Sanderson's shot hit the post.

UMD (15-10-2) took the Fargo Regional and will play UMass in a Frozen Four semifinal April 8 in Pittsburgh. The winner advances to the national title game April 10.

Minnesota Duluth scored twice in 80 seconds early in the third period to take a 2-0 lead, only to see the Fighting Hawks (22-6-1) tie it on two late goals in 44 seconds with an extra skater on the ice. North Dakota pulled even on a goal by captain Jordan Kawaguchi at 19:03.

After four scoreless overtimes at Scheels Arena, Mylmok skated in alone on goalie Adam Scheel and finally scored the winner with a wrist shot.

Scheel finished with 51 saves.

Minnesota Duluth freshman Zach Stejskal stopped 57 shots. After cramping up, he was replaced by sophomore Ryan Fanti in the fourth overtime. Fanti made six saves in 17:36.

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