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Gophers win Frozen Four semifinal, Dinkytown celebrates

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The Gophers will play for the NCAA hockey championship Saturday night after a last-second, improbable goal lifted Minnesota over rival North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinal.

THE HERO: Justin Holl, a senior defenseman for the Gophers, scored the game-winning goal. It was his first goal of the 2013-14 season.

THE SITUATION: The Gophers were shorthanded after Mike Reilly picked up a penalty in the final two minutes. North Dakota not only had the power play, but also the momentum. Sam Warning scored the game's first goal with 9:09 left in the third period, but North Dakota's Connor Gaarder tied the game just 32 seconds later.

THE GOAL: The Gophers brought the puck into the North Dakota zone with under 5 seconds left. Holl's shot went in with just 0.6 seconds left on the clock.

Hundreds of students and fans flooded the streets of Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota campus, after Thursday night's win. People were jumping on police cars, setting fires, and throwing bottles and objects at police. 

MUGSHOTS: 10 arrested in Dinkytown

Minneapolis police said several people were arrested and an undetermined amount of public and police property was damaged. Two MPD officers needed to be taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

VIDEO: Rioting in Dinkytown after semifinal win

The situation didn't reach the level of chaos experienced after the 2002 and 2003 post-championship riots. Since then, Minneapolis police and the university made changes to deal with rowdy crowds. Police are already planning for any incidents that may follow Saturday's championship game.


Minneapolis police are reviewing video footage as they investigate criminal behavior following Thursday night's game. Witnesses with video or any other information are asked to call the Minneapolis Police Tip line at 612-692-TIPS.


The Gophers will play Union College (N.Y.) for the national championship Saturday night (6:30 p.m. CT) in Philadelphia. Minnesota is going for its 6th NCAA hockey title.


The Minneapolis Police Department released the following message regarding Saturday night at the University of Minnesota:

The Minneapolis Police Department supports the University of Minnesota as we celebrate the Gopher's Mens Hockey Semi-Finals win. We hope that people celebrate responsibly and lawfully following the Gopher's appearance in the national championship game on Saturday night.

If celebrations escalate into criminal behavior, the MPD will act to ensure public safety and protect property. Anyone told to disperse from an assembly that has been declared unlawful must immediately leave the area. Failure to do so may result in an arrest.

Again, MPD supports and encourages lawful, responsible, and safe celebrations.


The following email was sent to all University of Minnesota students ahead of Thursday's game:

Dear Students,

We've had an exciting run of athletic achievements recently that bring great pride and lots of fun to the Twin Cities campus.

But, as our men's hockey team heads into the NCAA Frozen Four, we want to send a clear message: There will be zero tolerance for disruptive behavior or property damage. The University's Student Conduct Code applies to students on and off campus, and specifically prohibits destructive behavior in connection with a University event, such as a victory or loss by one of our teams.

When the Gopher men win the NCAA Hockey Championship there will be great cause to celebrate. We are all for having fun and for honoring our student-athletes. But remember you are University of Minnesota students and Golden Gophers.

If you are so moved, celebrate your Gopher spirit responsibly and safely, and make sure your actions reflect your pride in our University and our student-athletes.

Thank you.

Eric W. Kaler

Danita M. Brown Young
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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