MANCHESTER, N.H. — 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.
Nic Kerdiles scored for fourth-seeded Wisconsin (22-13-7) in the third period, ending Hellebuyck’s shutout streak at 165 minutes, 20 seconds.
Joel Rumpel made 20 saves for the Badgers.
Yale 3, Minnesota 2
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. North Dakota rallied to beat Niagara 2-1 in the second semifinal.
Minnesota, the No. 2 overall seed in the 16-team tournament, finished the season 26-9-5.
“I feel bad for our guys,” Gophers coach Don Lucia said. “It’s a one-shot deal, I didn’t see what happened. It happened so quick. I guess that’s why they call it sudden death.”
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.
“It was a tremendous team win,” Allain said. “Our guys played as well as they could. ... You have to get your nose bloodied sometimes to see how you respond. I think you saw how we responded.”
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