ROCHESTER’S DUGAN ENDS FRESHMAN YEAR RUN WITH PROVIDENCE
By Warren Kozireski–
Providence College received an at-large bid to the NCAA hockey tournament after their 21-win season and defeated Minnesota State and Cornell to win the East Regional to advance to the fifth Frozen Four in program history.
A huge part of that success has been McQuaid grad and native Jack Dugan’s 39-point campaign; the second most on the team.
That road ended Thursday night with a 4-1 loss to defending champ Minnesota-Duluth, which included two-empty-net goals.
“It’s really hard obviously; I can’t imagine what the seniors feel like,” Dugan said in the post-game locker room. “We obviously thought we could win it and I think we played a helluva game tonight and could have won, but it just came down to a bounce and they got it.
“I think we were the better team for most of the game.
“These guys brought me and all the freshmen in and were welcoming with open arms and accepted us. A lot of teams aren’t like that…so for me it’s been outstanding. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to be playing with and I think next year we’ll have a really good team as well, but this definitely stings.”