BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Troy Grosenick made 20 saves and Union won its first Division I tournament game, beating Michigan State 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional on Friday.
The top-seeded Dutchmen (25-7-7) scored in each of the first two periods for a 2-0 lead, and Grosenick took care of the rest.
Union advanced to play Saturday night against No. 3 seed UMass-Lowell, which beat Miami (Ohio) 4-3 in overtime. The winner of that game moves on to the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.
Max Novak scored with 4:51 to go in the first period and Jeremy Welsh added a goal at 3:20 of the second to give the Dutchman a 2-0 lead.
Matt Berry scored late in the second to pull Michigan State (19-16-4) within a goal, but Union kept the Spartans off the board in the third.
Wayne Simpson scored a power-play goal with 18 seconds left to seal it.
Will Yanakeff had 29 saves for the Spartans.
UMASS-LOWELL 4, MIAMI (OHIO) 3, OT
Curtis McKenzie scored 2:13 into overtime to lift third-seeded UMass-Lowell over Miami (Ohio) in the East Regional.
The River Hawks (24-12-1) next play top seed Union on Saturday night in the regional final, while the RedHawks (24-15-2) exited in the first round for the second straight season.
Josh Holmstrom, Colin Wright and Riley Wetmore each scored as the River Hawks controlled the opening 40 minutes on the way to a 3-0 lead ? but the third period was all Miami.
Trent Vogelhuber and Austin Czarnik scored 14 seconds apart to make it 3-2 only 3:20 into the period, and Alden Hirschfeld tied it at 9:56 with help from Steven Spinell.
Doug Carr made 30 stops for the River Hawks, who had previously won only two NCAA tournament games ??? both against Michigan State.
Connor Knapp, who came in leading the nation in goals against average (1.59), finished with 24 saves for the RedHawks.