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Minneapolis police quell rowdy crowd after Gophers' NCAA semifinal win

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KSTP -- It came down to a buzzer-beater, but the Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team is headed to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game.

The Gophers won over North Dakota 2-1 and will now play Union College on Saturday night for the championship. Justin Holl scored the winning shot with six-tenths of a second left in the semifinals Thursday; it was so close that the announcers weren't even sure if Holl made it in time.

Overnight, celebrations got out of hand in Dinkytown as hundreds of people flooded the streets, forcing officers from across the Twin Cities metro to break up the crowd. People were seen throwing bottles, jumping on cars and climbing light poles. Some students even jumped on a Minneapolis police squad car while others were turning over newspaper stands and even lighting fireworks in the street.

"I was at the Library, and it kind of erupted," student Amanda Snyder said, "and then as we went out everybody was kind of storming the streets."

It took more than 100 officers dressed in riot gear to calm the crowd, and they even had to use force on some students. Officers resorted to using pepper spray and shooting bean bags in to the mass of students on Fourth Street trying to break up the crowd. The crowd eventually dispersed around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

"It's just a hockey game," student Frank Brown said. "They should be celebrating in good style, not like that."

Several people were arrested for civil disobedience, most of whom were University of Minnesota students.

"They were having a good time and celebrating our win, but it just got out of hand," student Sarah Ghannam said. "We were too excited; I don't think being excited is a bad thing, I just think the things that happened kind of ruined it for tonight."

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