Walker’s last-minute goal sends St. Cloud to NCAA title game

April 8, 2021

Nolan Walker

After scoring the game-winning goal on a redirected shot, Anchorage’s Nolan Walker changed the course of history for the St. Cloud State hockey team.

Walker tipped in the winning goal inside the final minute of a 5-4 victory over Minnesota State in the Frozen Four that sent the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.

The junior forward has furnished six points on two goals and four assists in three tournament games.

Four of his six points have either tied the game or given St. Cloud the lead, so it was no surprise to see him come up clutch again.

Walker was in front of the net, trying to screen the goalie, when his teammate blasted a low slap shot that Walker deflected over the goalie’s left shoulder.

It looked like the Minnesota State goalie never saw the puck until it was too late.

Earlier in the game he assisted on a goal that gave St. Cloud a 2-1 late in the first period.

Walker now has a career-best 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 30 games for the Huskies (20-10).

St. Cloud will face Massachusetts in the NCAA championship game Saturday in Pittsburgh. The puck drops at 3 p.m. ADT.