GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Jesse Root scored the go-ahead goal with 4:56 left and Yale beat North Dakota 4-1 on Saturday in the NCAA West Regional final to reach the Frozen Four for the first time.
Fourth-seeded Yale (20-12-3) scored four times in the final 7:35. Josh Balch started the spree, and Root gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead on a power play, a day after scoring at 9 seconds of overtime in Yale's 3-2 victory over top-seeded Minnesota.
Stu Wilson and Kenny Agostino added goals for Yale. The Bulldogs will face UMass-Lowell in the national semifinals April 11 in Pittsburgh.
Corban Knight scored in the first period for North Dakota (22-13-7).
UMASS-LOWELL 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots and UMass-Lowell advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time with a victory over New Hampshire.
Scott Wilson scored with 30 seconds left in the second period, and Adam Chapie added a goal with 6:02 left in the third, providing more than enough offence for UMass-Lowell (28-10-2) and its freshman star in net.
Hellebuyck has allowed only four goals in six post-season games for the Hockey East champion River Hawks, who lost all three regular-season meetings against New Hampshire (20-12-7). Hellebuyck played just one period of that series, coming off the bench of a 5-2 loss on Nov. 30.
QUINNIPIAC 4, CANISIUS 3
The Bobcats, upset in the ECAC semifinals by Brown but still the No. 1 overall seed in the field of 16, will face conference rival Union on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four.
Down 3-1, Quinnipiac (28-7-5) cut it to one on Peca's goal at 8:02 of the third period. Samuels-Thomas tied it on a power play with 9:18 to go at 10:42, and Bui beat goalie Tony Capobianco off a rebound with 5:32 left.
Connor Jones had a goal and an assist for the Bobcats.
Stephen Farrell and Duncan McKellar scored 44 seconds apart in the second period for Canisius (19-19-5), and Kyle Gibbons beat Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell at 3:43 of the third.
UNION 5, BOSTON COLLEGE 1
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Josh Jooris scored two goals, and Troy Grosenick made 29 saves to help Union beat defending national champion Boston College.
Jooris opened the scoring on a power play in the first period, and made it 2-0 early in the second to carry the Dutchmen (22-12-5) to their seventh straight victory. Cole Ikkala put a soft goal past goalie Parker Milner, and Shayne Gostisbehere added a power-play goal to cap the three-goal second period.
Daniel Ciampini completed the rout with a power-play goal at 5:19 of the third period.
Johnny Gaudreau scored with 3:58 left for the Eagles (23-12-4). BC coach Jerry York, the winningest coach in NCAA history, returned after missing two games because of eye surgery. He wore a patch over his right eye.
ST. CLOUD STATE 5, NOTRE DAME 1
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Joey Benik had two goals and an assist to help fourth-seeded St. Cloud State beat top-seeded Notre Dame.
The Huskies (24-15-1) will face Miami (Ohio) on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.
Benik, Cory Thorson and Jonny Brodzinski scored on St. Cloud State's first seven shots of the second period to make it 4-0. Ben Hanowski also scored, and Ryan Faragher made 17 saves.
Mike Voran had a short-handed goal in the third period for Notre Dame (25-13-3).
MIAMI (OHIO) 4, MINNESOTA STATE 0
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ryan McKay made 21 saves for his shutout of the season and Miami beat Minnesota State.
Curtis McKenzie scored midway through the second period and Marc Hagel, Cody Murphy and Max Cook added goals in the third for the second-seeded RedHawks (25-11-5). Miami made it past the first round of the tournament for the first time since 2010, its last trip to the Frozen Four.
Stephon Williams made 21 saves for the Mavericks (24-14-3).
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