Wisconsin and Minnesota knocked out of hockey tournamentUMass-Lowell advances with 6-1 win over Wisconsin
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck stopped a first-period penalty shot and finished with 31 saves to help UMass-Lowell rout Wisconsin 6-1 on Friday night in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals.
Joseph Pendaza, Christian Folin, Shayne Thompson, Derek Arnold, Adam Chapie and Ryan McGrath scored for the top-seeded River Hawks (27-10-2). They will play Denver or New Hampshire on Saturday for spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.
The River Hawks survived being outshot 11-4 in the first period, then pounced on Wisconsin's mistakes in the second and third, turning a close game into a blowout at the end.
"Our team bent but it never broke in the first period and I felt our goaltending gave us a chance," UMass-Lowell coach Norm Bazin said.
Nic Kerdiles scored for fourth-seeded Wisconsin (22-13-7) in the third period, ending Hellebuyck's shutout streak at 165 minutes, 20 seconds.
"He's been playing unbelievable for us. He's been our rock back there," said forward Scott Wilson, who assisted on Folin's goal in the second period. "When you see one go by, you know it's not going to faze him and you know the next shift he's ready to go again."
Joel Rumpel made 20 saves for the Badgers. They took a six-game winning streak into their first NCAA tournament since losing to Boston College in the 2010 championship game.
"They're young men. They want to do so well. I think it's part of their growth," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "Sometimes young men get out of their comfort zone and do things that they shouldn't. We paid a high price for it."
Rumpel had almost no offensive support as the Badgers failed to capitalize on the few mistakes made by Hellebuyck, mostly rebounds that were swept away before any Wisconsin player could get to the puck.
Hellebuyck preserved a 1-0 lead 4:39 left in the first when he stopped Jefferson Dahl on a penalty shot.
Kerdiles pulled Wisconsin to 3-1 with 11:41 left in the third on a power-play goal. It was the first goal allowed by Hellebuyck since 11:01 remained in the first period of the River Hawks' 2-1 win over Providence in the Hockey East semifinals a week ago.
Arnold scored for UMass-Lowell with 6:04 left, Chapie added an empty-netter in the final minute and McGrath finished it off with 3 seconds to play.
Thompson put UMass-Lowell up 3-0 when he scored just before crashing into Rumpel with 5:52 left in the second. Thompson, the net, goalie and Dahl, who was trying to catch up to Thompson, all went sliding into the boards in a pile.
The goal withstood a video review that showed Thompson getting off the shot before making any contact with Rumpel or the net.
UMass-Lowell is playing in its second straight NCAA tournament and fifth overall.
Yale 3, Minnesota 2, OT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jesse Root scored 9 seconds into overtime to give fourth-seeded Yale a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional semifinals Friday.
Kenny Agostino intercepted Minnesota defenseman Ben Marshall's pass behind the net and feed Root for his 10th goal of the season. Yale (19-12-3) will play North Dakota in the regional final Saturday for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.
Minnesota, the No. 2 overall seed in the 16-team tournament, finished the season 26-9-5.
Minnesota overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third period, cutting it to one on Nate Schmidt's power-play goal and tying it on Zach Budish's goal with 6:20 left.
Agostino opened the scoring in the second period with his 16th goal of the season, and defenseman Gus Young made it 2-0 with a power-play goal in the period.
Jeff Malcolm made 27 saves for Yale, and Adam Wilcox stopped 23 shots for Minnesota.
NORTH DAKOTA 2, NIAGARA 1
Andrew MacWilliams and Danny Kristo scored in a 57-second span early in the third period in North Dakota's comeback victory over Niagara.
MacWilliams tied it with an unassisted goal, his second goal of the season, at 1:56 of the third, and Kristo put second-seeded North Dakota (22-12-7) in front at 2:53 with his 26th goal.
Jason Beattie scored for the third-seeded Purple Eagles (23-10-5) in the second period.
Zane Gothberg made 28 saves for North Dakota, and Carsen Chubak stopped 41 shots for Niagara.