Sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi recorded his first career hat trick and junior forward Mark MacMillan scored the game-winner with less than two minutes to play to lead No. 13 North Dakota to a 5-2 win over No. 4 Wisconsin Friday night in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals at U.S. Bank Arena.
With the victory, fourth-seeded UND (24-13-3) advanced to Saturday’s regional championship against Ferris State, 1-0 winners over Colgate earlier, with a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four on the line. The season for Wisconsin (24-11-2), the top seed in the region, is over.
Grimaldi’s final two goals both came with an empty net to seal the win for his first multi-goal game at North Dakota. MacMillan also finished with a three-point night, adding two assists to go along with his game-winning goal, while junior forward Michael Parks had a two-point outing with a goal and an assist on the game-winner.
NCAA Tournament schedule
All times MT
No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2
Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0
Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2
Ferris State 1, Colgate 0
North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2
Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU
St. Paul, Minn.
No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU
No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU
UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)
Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU
Semifinals, April 10
Both ESPN2, Times TBA
Northeast winner vs. East winner
Midwest winner vs. West winner
National championship. April 12
Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.