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Irish hockey reflects on historic season

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It was almost a perfect ending, to a perfect season.

The Notre Dame hockey team skated for the national championship over the weekend and came up just short.

The Irish dropped a 2 to 1 contest to Minnesota Duluth.

While the final result stings, it shouldn't tarnish what the program did accomplish this year.

The Big Ten regular-season and tournament title and the team's fourth trip to the Frozen Four.

Jeff Jackson summarized the year perfectly.

“This is as much fun that I've had in a year with a group of kids that I've had in my career. They're close, they're friends but they come to work every day and you know, they accomplished a lot. But this is what we wanted the most. It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating and I feel bad for them. I was hoping I could see those guys celebrate,” said Jackson.

"They're just an unbelievable group that never gives up and never backs down. People were counting us out losing two big guys, but nobody in this locker room was thinking like that. They were thinking we were going to go further. Hopefully the guys go one more game next year," said Jake Evans.

Evans won't have to wait long to continue his career.

Monday the Notre Dame captain signed a two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He'll try an earn a spot on the NHL roster next fall.

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