It's been quite a while since Union as a college played for a national title in any sport: 1929 in men's lacrosse.
"It's great for the school. It's great for the program," said Bodie, who has a goal in each of his team's three tournament wins. "As far as winning it, it would be huge. I don't really know if you can put it into words."
Union enters with a 16-game unbeaten streak, including 11 straight wins, and the country's No. 1 ranking.
"We need to play better tomorrow to beat Union than we played last night," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said Friday. "Some of our young guys played tentative. ... I thought we were fortunate in some regards to be moving on, but sometimes you have to find a way to win."
The Gophers found that way when Justin Holl netted the short-handed winner with 0.6 seconds on the clock to put them.
"We're coming down a little bit now," Minnesota captain Nate Condon said. "It was great how it happened last night. ... Hopefully the next game we have doesn't go down to the last 0.6 seconds like that."
It wouldn't even have come down to Holl's goal without the stellar play of netminder Adam Wilcox, who turned away four shots in the final two minutes of the third period on a North Dakota power play.
With nine seconds to go, Kyle Rau won a faceoff in his zone and Minnesota moved the puck up the ice. Rau ended up with the puck with just about 3 seconds to go.
"Justin came up on the break out and gave it to me. I tried to get a shot on net and see what happened," Rau said. "Got my shot blocked and it ended up on Justin's skate. He made a good play and just shot it on net."
The shot was just inside the right post for Holl's first goal of the season.
Before the game, Condon called out Holl and fellow senior defenseman Jake Parenteau for being the only guys left on the team who hadn't scored.
"I'm more than happy that Justin took the cake on that one," Parenteau said. "That was a big goal and I'm glad he got it.
"But I've still got one more game, so we'll see what happens."
NOTES: Minnesota holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. ... Friday afternoon, Connor Hellebuyck of Massachusetts-Lowell won the inaugural Mike Richter Award as college hockey's top goaltender. Hellebuyck, who will not return to college next year, had as many career shutouts as he had losses (12). Richter himself presented the award. ... Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau won the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey's MVP.