Drake Caggiula wasn't ready for the hit he took from an official Saturday night after opening the scoring for the University of North Dakota.

The Fighting Hawks were playing the University of Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA Midwest regional final of the men's hockey tournament. Caggiula was the first to score and, circling to net to celebrate with his teammates, took a big hit from the referee behind the net.

North Dakota eventually won 5-2 to earn a spot in the Frozen Four for the third year in a row.

Caggiula, a native of Whitby, Ont., is in his senior season with the Fighting Hawks and has become a fan-favourite in Grand Forks, N.D., catching the eyes of the local police force for stealing the show earlier in the year.

In his final NCAA season, Caggiula will be free to sign with any professional team that takes interest in him once the Fighting Hawks' playoff run is over.