McManus' pair of third period goals came just over six minutes apart. Chicago, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, ended up coming back to defeat #2 seed Dubuque by a 4-3 score.
Game 2 in the best-of-five series is tonight in Chicago.Steel rallied from a 3-1 deficit in 3rd period to win Game 1, 4-3. Brannon McManus tied it and then scored this game-winner! #SteelTheCup pic.twitter.com/3bqoepyyUB— #SteelTheCup (@ChicagoSteel) April 29, 2017
McManus, who is expected on campus next season, was not the only person with Gopher ties Friday night to make a dent in the postseason.
Noted eliminator of team dreams Justin Holl brought heartbreak to Albany. Holl, playing for the AHL Toronto Marlies after being at Minnesota from 2010-2014, scored the game winner in triple overtime to help the Marlies advance in the Calder Cup playoffs. Same exact score, same exact ending yet a different way to do the job again.
To make matters worse, Holl and Toronto brought nearly 40 years of AHL hockey in the Capital Region of New York to a close.Relive the moment: Justin Holl scores in triple overtime to give the #Marlies a 2-1 win.#MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/JRzNXvlvyt— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) April 29, 2017
Then again, it wasn't a final second Frozen Four buzzer beater winner like this one.