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March Madness - Islanders Playing in NCAA Tournament

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Anders Lee Gets Tallies an assist in Notre Dame's win over University of New Hampshire (Courtesy of

Notre Dame sophomore goaltender Mike Johnson stopped 37-of-38 shots on the night and got all the offense he needed on goals by Stephen Johns and Billy Maday as the Fighting Irish downed New Hampshire, 2-1, on Sunday night in front of 5,906 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The win gives Notre Dame the NCAA Northeast Regional championship and a trip to the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn., on April 7th.

Johnson, who was selected to the all-region team and the regionals most valuable player, was the key for the Irish as he held the Wildcats off the scoreboard early in the game and them withstood their third-period comeback attempt. The Verona, Wis., native finished the weekend with 69 saves and a pair of wins.

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UND beats Denver 6-1, advances to Frozen Four (Courtesy of

The Fighting Sioux are leaving the frozen tundra and heading straight to the Frozen Four.

North Dakota, playing across the street from the ‘frozen tundra' of legendary Lambeau Field, defeated Denver 6-1 tonight in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinal to earn a berth in the 2011 NCAA Frozen four in St. Paul.

The top-ranked Fighting Sioux broke a 1-1 tie with five unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to clinch their 20th Frozen Four appearance, and fifth in head coach Dave Hakstol's seven years behind the UND bench.

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University of Notre Dame 4, Merrimack College 3 (OT) - Courtesy of

All season long the Notre Dame hockey team showed a penchant for being able to come-from-behind and pull out dramatic wins. They did it again on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena, rallying from a pair of two-goal deficits to pull out a 4-3 overtime win versus the Merrimack Warriors.

Freshman left wing Anders Lee led the way, recording two goals, including the overtime game winner at 5:18 of the first overtime to give the Irish the win. Junior Billy Maday and senior Calle Ridderwall added single goals in the win that will send the Irish to the NCAA Northeast Regional Final on Sunday night versus the University of New Hampshire.

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University of North Dakota 6, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institure (RPI) 0 - Courtesy of

There will be no one-and-done for North Dakota this year in the NCAA tournament.

Brad Malone scored twice as the Fighting Sioux took their first step this afternoon in exorcising first-round tournament exits of the past two years with a 6-0 thumping of No. 16 Rensselaer. The win sends UND to Sunday's NCAA Midwest Region championship game against either Denver or Western Michigan.

The top-ranked Sioux, now unbeaten in 14 straight and winners of 10 in a row, turned in a disciplined, workmanlike effort to open the NCAA Midwest Region tournament. The two goals by Malone, plus single tallies by Danny Kristo, Jason Gregoire and Corban Knight, enabled UND to build a commanding 5-0 lead through two periods.

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University of New Hampshire 3, Miami University (Ohio) 1 - Courtesy of

Kevin Goumas (Lake Worth, Fla.) scored two goals, including an empty-net goal with 1:25 remaining, to lift the 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire men's hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 3-1 victory against fourth-ranked Miami University in a Northeast Region semifinal game at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

UNH, the region's fourth seed, improves to 22-10-6 overall, and advances to Sunday's Northeast Region final against the winner of Saturday's nightcap between Merrimack College and University of Notre Dame. It is third consecutive year in a regional final for the Wildcats, whose 10 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament is the second-longest active streak.

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