Originally created 04/09/00

North Dakota captures NCAA hockey crown



PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Lee Goren might someday find himself welcome in Boston. For now, Hub hockey fans will curse his name.

The North Dakota forward and Boston Bruins draft pick scored the tying goal and assisted on Jason Ulmer's game-winner Saturday night as the Fighting Sioux won the NCAA title with a 4-2 win over Boston College.

Goren also added an empty-netter with 45.2 seconds left to clinch North Dakota's seventh title, and its second in four years.

Karl Goehring made 21 saves for the Sioux, who were playing before a partisan Boston College crowd just an hour south of the Eagles' Chestnut Hill campus. Boston College, which won the title in 1949 -- the tournament's second year -- is still looking for No. 2.

Jeff Farkas and Marty Hughes scored for BC, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 32 shots as the Eagles lost in the Frozen Four for the third consecutive year.

North Dakota trailed 2-1 after two periods, but Goren tied it 2:43 into the third when he took a drop pass from Ryan Bayda and put it through the legs of a defenseman and the screened goalie.

Ulmer rebounded Goren's shot with 5:38 left and slapped it into the net to give the Sioux a 3-2 lead. Clemmensen came out for an extra skater with 1:12 left, and Goren split the empty net from the blue line.

North Dakota took the lead just 3:48 into the game when Bryan Lundbohm's shot rebounded to Commodore on the right side of the net and he swept it in.

Boston College tied it with 3:13 left in the first period when Blake Bellefeuille one-timed a pass from Brian Gionta just under Goehring's right pad. The goalie fell backward -- almost sitting on the puck -- but Farkas was able to swipe it the last few inches over the goal line before he was checked into referee Matt Shegos.

The goal light never came on, and the teams kept playing. But as soon as Shegos could get to his skates he signaled a goal, which was confirmed by the replay official.

Hughes gave BC a 2-1 lead 6:51 into the second period when he came around the back of the net and stuffed it past Goehring.