North Dakota tops Quinnipiac for 8th NCAA hockey title

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are NCAA champions once again.

On Saturday night, North Dakota was able to upend top-seeded Quinnipiac, 5-1, for the eighth NCAA hockey title in school history. Drake Caggiula led the way for the Fighting Hawks with two goals in the final period.

“I just played like it was my last weekend because it was, and I wanted to lay everything out there that I could for this university,” the senior said, via ESPN.com. “They’ve done so much for me, and I wanted to give everything I could back. There’s no better way to repay the university than by giving them a national championship.”

Caggiula was also named the tournament MVP.

With the win, North Dakota is not one championship shy of Michigan for the most all-time.

The Fighting Hawks had 12 players who are NHL draft picks on their roster, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they were able to come out on top, but it was a perfect end to an impressive 34-6-4 season.

It was North Dakota’s first national hockey championship since 2000.

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