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Sunday reading: North Dakota advances to 20th Frozen 4; SCSU faces Minnesota today

Published: March 30, 2014, 10:50 am, by Joe Paisley

Thorimbert vs UND road unisNorth Dakota’s Connor Gaarder scored 1:28 into the second overtime to push UND, the last at-large team to make the NCAA field,  to a 2-1 win over WCHA regular-season champion Ferris State and earn the NCHC program’s 20th trip to the Frozen Four.

Last season, the last team to make the field was eventual champion Yale, which also won the Midwest regional.

NCHC regular-season champion St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd scored in overtime to knock off Notre Dame and set up a rematch with No. 1 overall seed Minnesota on Sunday.

Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau scored three goals and added three assists in a 6-2 win over NCHC postseason champion Denver to end the Pioneers season.

UMass-Lowell defeated WCHA playoff champ Minnesota State 2-1 to set up an all-Hockey East regional final against the Eagles.

ECAC champion Union downed Providence 3-1 to advance out of the East regional to Philadelphia.

NCAA Tournament

All times MT

East Regional

Bridgeport, Conn.


No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0


Union 3, Providence 1

Midwest Regional



Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2


North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 2OT

West Regional

St. Paul, Minn.


No. 1 overall seed Minnesota 7,  Robert Morris 3

St. Cloud State 4, Notre Dame 3 OT


Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

Northeast Regional

Worcester, Mass.


No. 2 Boston College 6, Denver 2

UMass-Lowell 2, Minnesota State 1


Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

Frozen Four


Semifinals, April 10

Both ESPN2, Times TBA

BC/Lowell winner vs. Union

North Dakota vs. Minn./SCSU

National championship. April 12

Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.