Minnesota-Duluth beats top-seeded Yale

The Associated Press
Posted March 27, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Mike Connolly scored a short-handed goal and had three assists as Minnesota-Duluth beat top-seeded Yale 5-3 to win the East Regional and earn a trip to the Frozen Four.

Kenny Reiter made 30 saves for UMD (24-10-6), which used four second-period goals, three on the power play, to take a four-goal lead into the third.

This will be the fourth trip to the Frozen Four for UMD and first since 2004.

Ryan Rondeau, who went almost 240 minutes without giving up a goal before Air Force scored on him in the first round, made 16 saves for Yale (28-7-1). He was pulled at the end of the second period in favor of sophomore Nick Maricic, who made just his third appearance this season.

It was the second consecutive loss in a regional final for Yale.

Michigan 2, Colorado College 1

ST. LOUIS — Scooter Vaughan’s end-to-end rush gave Michigan the lead on the game’s first shot and the Wolverines bottled up Colorado College to win the West Regional and a spot in the Frozen Four.

Lee Moffie had a goal and an assist in the first period for Michigan (28-10-4), which has won 11 of 12 and will face either Denver or North Dakota in the national semifinals April 7 in St. Paul, Minn. It’s the 24th Frozen Four appearance and first since 2008 for a school that leads the nation with nine national titles and has made 21 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances under coach Red Berenson.

Rylan Schwartz scored a power-play goal with 3:35 to go for Colorado College (23-19-3), which failed to follow up an eight-goal outburst in its semifinal upset of top-seeded Boston College.

Michigan outshot Colorado College 43-21. Wolverines goalie Shawn Hunwick had a run of 43 consecutive saves in the regional before Schwartz tipped in a rebound.

Notre Dame 4, Merrimack 3

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Anders Lee scored his second goal of the game 5:18 into overtime and Notre Dame rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat Merrimack in the Northeast Regional.

The Fighting Irish (24-13-5) advanced to play New Hampshire in the regional final Sunday night for a spot in the Frozen Four.

Cannata made 33 saves for the Warriors, who were in the NCAA tournament for the second time.

Mike Johnson stopped 32 shots for Notre Dame, including all six he faced in overtime.

Billy Maday had a goal and an assist for the Irish. Ryan Flanigan led Merrimack with a goal and an assist.

New Hampshire 3, Miami, Ohio 1

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Kevin Goumas scored twice and New Hampshire goalie Matt Di Girolamo stopped seven shots in the third period as the Wildcats upset top-seeded Miami of Ohio.

Mike Sislo also scored for the Wildcats (22-10-6), breaking a 1-all tie early in the third period, and Di Girolamo carried UNH the rest of the way.

Di Girolamo didn’t allow a goal after Bryon Paulazzo put Miami (23-10-6) up 1-0 just 53 seconds into the game. He finished with 21 saves.

Goumas tied it 1-all exactly a minute after Miami’s only score and later added an empty-net goal with 1:25 left.

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