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Mike Wisniewski | The Associated Press | April 11, 2014

Minn. scores winning goal with 0.6 on clock vs. North Dakota

  Justin Holl, right, scored to goal to send Minnesota to its first championship game since 2003.

PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Holl scored a short-handed goal with 0.6 seconds left to give Minnesota a 2-1 victory against North Dakota on Thursday night in the NCAA semifinals.

Minnesota (28-6-6) will face Union (N.Y.) in the title game Saturday night. Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the first semifinal at Wells Fargo Center.

Holl scored his first goal of the season, beating Zane Gothberg to the glove side with a shot just inside the post.

Sam Warning opened the scoring for Minnesota with 9:09 left, and Connor Gaarder tied it for North Dakota 32 seconds later. Adam Wilcox made 36 saves for Minnesota, and Gothberg stopped 26 shots.

Minnesota advanced to its 11th championship game and first since 2003, the year it won the past of its five titles.

North Dakota (25-14-3) entered the tournament as an at-large No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and beat top-seeded Wisconsin and second-seeded Ferris State in double overtime.

After playing through two scoreless periods, Warning finally broke through on a second-chance backhand shot in the slot. But Gaarder countered, putting the puck between Wilcox and the post on his own rebound.

North Dakota nearly found the back of the net twice in the closing minutes of the second period. First, Drake Caggiula had an open net, but whiffed on an attempted shot. About a minute later, Gaarder had a one-time chance in the same spot and similarly couldn't get his stick on the puck.

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