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Boston College and Notre Dame advance to NCAA hockey finals

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DENVER - Jerry York is fond of calling his team a meat-and-potatoes squad.

"There's no trickery with our club," the Boston College coach said. "We're not trying to reinvent the wheel at B.C. We just stay with the game plan."

As in, get the puck to Hobey Baker finalist Nathan Gerbe and let him work his magic.

Gerbe's hat trick helped Boston College advance to its third straight championship game - all at North Dakota's expense. The Eagles will face Notre Dame on Saturday night. The Irish beat top-ranked Michigan 5-4 in overtime in the second semifinal.

John Muse stopped 29 shots and the Eagles rode a four-goal opening period to a 6-1 victory over the Fighting Sioux on Thursday night in the Frozen Four semifinals.

The Eagles have beaten North Dakota the last three years in the semifinal round, but haven't won a national title since 2001, when they beat the Sioux in overtime.

Boston College (24-11-8) roughed up Jean-Philippe Lamoureux for four goals on 13 shots in the opening period, setting the tone for the evening.

Dan Bertman of Calgary, Andrew Orpik and Ben Smith also scored for the Eagles in their eighth straight victory.

Muse's shutout bid came to an end with 76 seconds remaining when Jake Marto beat him with a shot over his left shoulder. The freshman goalie has been in net for all 43 games this season.

In the second semifinal, Calle Ridderwall punched the puck past freshman goalie Bryan Hogan 5:44 into overtime to give Notre Dame the 5-4 victory over the Wolverines.

Ridderwall's second goal of the night sent the Irish into a frenzied, pile-on celebration at centre ice while the heavily favoured Wolverines stood in stunned silence, their dreams of their first championship in a decade dashed at the hands of the upstart Fighting Irish.

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