BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to lead top-seeded Union over Vermont 5-2 on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.
Mat Bodie also scored, Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchman (29-6-4). Union came into the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season.
Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.
Union is 13-0-1 in its last 14 games. The Dutchmen, who lost to Quinnipiac in last year's regional championship game in Providence, will face Providence on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.
PROVIDENCE 4 QUINNIPIAC 0
Jon Gillies made 37 saves to help Providence beat Quinnipiac.
Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke, and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first, and scored three second-period goals.
Quinnipiac finished the season 24-10-6.
FERRIS STATE 1, COLGATE 0
CINCINNATI (AP) ? Gerald Mayhew scored a power-play goal midway through the first period, and C.J. Motte made it stand up by turning away 35 shots in Ferris State's.
The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final Saturday against the Wisconsin-North Dakota winner. Colgate finished the season 20-14-5.