On Monday April 11, the Ralph Engelstad Arena filled with University of North Dakota hockey fans for the last time this season. Many school officials spoke and congratulated the team on winning season! This is UND 8th national championship the last one was in 2000 and after a 16 years and advancing into the frozen four 11 seasons. The drought is finally over!!
The air was electric, it felt like you where walking into the Ralph for any other home game. The final period of the championship game was playing on the jumbotron, hanging above center ice. You can feel the tension sounding the arena while waiting for the players to be introduced and that all but elusive national championship trophy to be brought onto the ice. As the coaches and players come onto the ice, you feel like you are going to lose your voice and hearing because it is so loud! Looking around you can see people of all ages and backgrounds coming together under the roof of the all magical Ralph Engelstad arena, to cheer for a team that has made the fans apart of the team. We are the 5th line. UND is known all around the country for having the best fans in college hockey and you can see that! Watching the Frozen Four on TV, was a sea of green. So many students and alumni attended the tournament, coach Brad Berry said it was just like being in the Ralph!
Congratulations to The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks on the first national championship since 2000!!