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Bulldog celebration tonight at AMSOIL Arena

A celebration for the 2016-17 UMD men's hockey team -- in particular the senior class -- will be held at 6 p.m. today at AMSOIL Arena. Doors open at 5 p.m. Fans will have a chance to get autographs and take photos with the NCHC and North Star Col...

Willie Raskob
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs defenseman Willie Raskob (15) celebrates after defeating the Harvard Crimson 2-1 at United Center. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

A celebration for the 2016-17 UMD men’s hockey team - in particular the senior class - will be held at 6 p.m. today at AMSOIL Arena.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Fans will have a chance to get autographs and take photos with the NCHC and North Star College Cup trophies.

Find more information at www.umdbulldogs.com .

UMD finished as national runner-up, after falling to Denver 3-2 in Saturday’s national championship game.

Denver won its eighth national hockey title on the strength of Jarid Lukosevicius, who had the first title game hat trick in 24 years.

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Lukovicius scored three goals in a 7:39 span and the Pioneers (33-7-4) got 38 saves from goalie Tanner Jaillett, winning the NCAA title for the first time since 2005.

Lukosevicius’ hat trick was the first in a national finale since Denver coach Jim Montgomery had a trio of goals for Maine in the 1993 title game. Lukosevicius was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

UMD (28-7-7) got goals from Alex Iafallo and Riley Tufte, along with 25 saves from Hunter Miska, but saw its eight-game winning streak snapped.

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