For a period yesterday, it looked like RPI was going to make this tough on the Sioux.
Then the Sioux got rolling.
Behind 2 goals from Malone, a nifty toe-drag from Kristo, and goals from Gregoire, Knight, and Frattin, the Sioux blanked RPI 6-0, earning the right to play Denver again, who beat Western Michigan 3-2 in double overtime later that night.
The Sioux were evenly matched in the first period. RPI came out fast and physical, which is what you have to do to beat this North Dakota team. It was only a 1 goal game at the end of 1, and RPI had to feel pretty good. But they started taking undisciplined penalties in a tightly called game, and UND's powerplay was suddenly pretty potent.
Ultimately, the boys were able to put the last two frustrating years behind them and did exactly what they were supposed to do. While number 1 seeds were falling left and right, the Sioux look like the only number 1 seed that deserves to be there.
Puck drop today at 4:30 cst.