It doesn't matter how big the stage nor how bright the lights are, Riese Gaber steps up his game in big moments and that's exactly what was needed on Tuesday night.
Playing St. Cloud State in the final of the Frozen Faceoff, Gaber notched two goals in a 5-3 win. The win gave the Fighting Hawks a clean sweep of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference after they won the Penrose Cup.
The win gave North Dakota its first Frozen Faceoff Championship.
"It was pretty awesome, we really never lost belief in the locker room when we were down," said Gaber. "It's an incredible accomplishment and everyone is pumped up."
North Dakota entered the final period down 2-1. In a matter of 122 seconds early in the third, Gaber and two more Fighting Hawks scored to give North Dakota a 4-2 lead which they would ultimately cap off with a 5-3 win. On top of winning the title and scoring two goals, Gaber's three goals and one assist in the Frozen Faceoff gave him the Most Outstanding Player award.
The team will take the day off to enjoy their recent championship before returning to the ice to prepare for regionals which take place next weekend in Fargo with North Dakota playing host. The Frozen Four national championship is set for April 8-10 at PPG Paints Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"We have to win four more games to become national champions, so we're ready," stated Gaber. "We're looking forward to Fargo."