Minnesota hockey fans riot after win

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Hundreds took to the streets in Dinkytown Thursday night following the Gophers' stunning last-second win over North Dakota.

Hordes of people could be seen near the intersection of 4th Street and 14th Avenue, and law enforcement officials were on the scene, wearing riot gear.

The celebration comes after Justin Holl scored a goal with 0.6 seconds left in the game. The victory cements the Gophers' spot in the NCAA title match against Union College, which is slated for Saturday. It was Holl's first goal of the season.

Hundreds of people gathered, some crowd surfing. At first, many were just standing around taking selfies in front of police officers.

But after about a half hour, things started to get out of hand. WCCO crews saw some people climbing on lamp posts, even throwing rocks and beer bottles at riot police who were arriving in large numbers.

There was also a group climbing on a squad car and jumping up and down.

Police in riot gear eventually did get the crowd to break up by using non-lethal force.

Police said they arrested less than a dozen people. Expect a more detailed breakdown from officials later today on exactly what happened.

As far as damage goes, not much lasting impact from this celebration, but police will be on standby Saturday night when the Gophers play for the title game.

Police are hoping Saturday doesn't turn into what happened back in 2003. During that incident, 21 people were prosecuted, and one was expelled. That was the second year of riots after Frozen Four wins. Rioters destroyed a TV news car, set trash bins on fire, and there was some liquor store looting.

The police were criticized for being too aggressive in 2002, and again in 2003.


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