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“That was really frustrating,” Frost said, “being up 1-0 and playing really well, I thought.

“I felt we carried play up to the 18:37 mark.”

Minnesota got back to the national final, Frost noted, despite losing six seniors, three of whom played in the Olympics, along with two other Olympians for the season.

“After opening weekend against Colgate,” he said, “I think a lot of people were wondering what we were going to be.”

There was another opening weekend on Clarkson’s mind, though. This year’s seniors played their first NCAA games against Minnesota, losing 5-0 and 3-0 on Oct. 1-2, 2010.

In four years, they turned that around and will bring a championship back to Potsdam in upstate New York.

“We had great support from our fans and their families,” MacAulay said. “Eight hours (of a drive to Hamden) isn’t short.”