The 2021 Ice Breaker Tournament did not disappoint.
Before we get into some of the lasting impacts of the weekend, let’s take a look at the results.
- Friday: Minnesota State 5, Providence 2
- Friday: Michigan 5, Minnesota Duluth 1
- Saturday: Michigan 3, Minnesota State 2
- Saturday: Minnesota Duluth 3, Providence 2
The big takeaway from this weekend were the two very big wins for Michigan. Heading into Duluth, the Wolverines had a lot of hype but just hadn’t been seriously tested yet. But with a convincing win over UMD — a tough NCHC opponent — and a close, resilient win over No. 1 Minnesota State, it’s hard to doubt the Wolverines at the moment.
They’ll most likely be the new No. 1 team in the nation.
As for the rest of the pack, Minnesota State won’t fall too far in this week’s poll. Its 5-2 win over Providence was a good one and in the 3-2 loss to Michigan, the Mavericks outshot the Wolverines 29-19. Senior Reggie Lutz continued his great season, posting a hat trick against Providence.
Minnesota Duluth lost badly to the Wolverines Friday night, but made up for it with a gutsy, 3-2 win over the Friars in front of a home crowd Saturday. Forward Quinn Olson had the play of the weekend when he toe-dragged a defender and then went through his legs to dish it to Dominic James for the goal.
No. 5 Minnesota Duluth took care of business in the finale of its own Ice Breaker Tournament, beating No. 10 Providence, 3-2.
Noah Cates scored the game-winner less than four minutes into the third period when he made a great wrap-around and tucked it past Providence goalie Jaxson Stauber to make it 3-2. That came shortly after Friars forward Brett Berard potted a power play goal just 30 seconds into the final frame to make it 2-2.
After Providence forward Patrick Moynihan opened the scoring and gave the Friars a 1-0 lead in the first period, it was Minnesota Duluth forwards Jesse Jacques and Dominic James giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead in the second.
UMD goalie Ryan Fanti finished the night stopping 26 of 28 shots. Stauber stopped 23 of 26 Minnesota Duluth shots.