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RANGERS NCAA UPDATE - March 18, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UPS:
CCHA - Mason Cup Championship Game
#2 Ohio State (Nate Guenin) vs. #1 Michigan (Al Montoya) 7:35 PM ET
Televised on Fox Sports Net NewYork (FSN NY)

ECAC - Championship Game
#1 Cornell vs. #2 Harvard (Rob Flynn, Dylan Reese) 8:00 PM ET

HOCKEY EAST - Championship Game
#1 Boston College vs. #3 New Hampshire 7:00 PM ET

WCHA - Broadmoor Trophy Championship Game
#1 Denver vs. #2 Colorado College (Joey Crabb) 7:37 PM CT
Televised on Fox Sports Net NewYork (FSN NY)

NOTE: The 2005 NCAA selection show will be held on Sunday, March 20 at 11:00 AM ET on espn2.

CCHA:
Alaska-Fairbanks 1, Michigan (Montoya) 3
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team defeated Alaska Fairbanks 3-1 in a CCHA Super Six semifinal game to advance to the tournament championship game for the fifth consecutive season. U-M's opponent will be the defending CCHA champs - Ohio State - who bested Michigan State, 4-1, on Friday. Jeff Tambellini and Brandon Kaleniecki each tallied a goal and an assist on the night, while Al Montoya made 12 saves in the triumph.
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Michigan State (Potter) 1, Ohio State (Guenin) 4
The No. 8/10 Ohio State men's hockey team advanced to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Super Six Championship final with a 4-1 victory over Michigan State in the semifinals Friday at Joe Louis Arena. The No. 2-seed Buckeyes will face top-seed Michigan at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in the final, with the winner receiving the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes improve to 27-9-4 on the year, while Michigan State, the tournament's No. 5 seed, drop to 20-16-4. OSU defenseman Nate Guenin collected an assist on the eventual-game-winning goal and added four penalty minutes. MSU blueliner Corey Potter also recorded four penalty minutes in the loss.
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ECAC:
Colgate 3, Harvard (Flynn, Reese) 4 (2OT)
Kevin Du's breakaway goal at 16:01 of the second overtime period catapulted the Harvard men's hockey team into the ECACHL Championship game with a 4-3 victory over Colgate on Friday evening. Du's tally sent the Crimson into the championship tilt for the fourth straight season, and sets up a Cornell-Harvard final for the third time in four seasons on Saturday. Hobey Finalist Dov Grumet-Morris made a career-high 46 saves in the victory. Harvard defenseman Dylan Reese and Crimson forward Rob Flynn each collected two penalty minutes in the win.
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HOCKEY EAST:
New Hampshire 5, Boston University (Roche) 2
The Boston University hockey team gave up three power play and one shorthanded goal en route to a 4-1 loss to the University of New Hampshire in the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament in front of 17,565 fans at the FleetCenter on Friday. The loss eliminated the second-seeded Terriers from chances of winning their sixth Hockey East Tournament title. Instead, their overall record slipped to 23-13-4, while third-seeded New Hampshire improved to 25-9-5. With their win, the Wildcats advanced to the tournament title game where they will meet Boston College on Saturday night. Ken Roche posted three shots in the loss.
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Maine (Moore, Ryan) 1, Boston College 2 (2OT)
The Maine men's ice hockey team was defeated in double overtime by Boston College in the Semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament on Friday night at the FleetCenter in front of 17,565 fans. Boston College's second period power play goal was matched by Josh Soares twelve seconds later, but the Eagles got the game winner at the 89:09 mark of the game. Maine is now 20-12-7 overall. Black Bears forwards Greg Moore (3 shots, +1) and Billy Ryan (4 shots, E) were held scoreless on the night.
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WCHA:
Minnesota 0, Colorado College (Crabb) 3
Led by Brett Sterling's scoring and Curtis McElhinney's goaltending, Colorado College advanced to the championship game of the WCHA Final Five with a 3-0 victory over the University of Minnesota on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Sterling struck for his nation-leading 31st and 32nd tallies of the season and added an assist, while McElhinney made 32 saves to help the top-ranked Tigers improve to 29-7-3 for the campaign. They will meet the University of Denver, a 2-1 overtime winner in Friday's other semifinal with North Dakota, for the and league's playoff title and Broadmoor Cup, which CC never has won, at 7:37 p.m. CST Saturday. The two archrivals have split four previous decisions en route to reigning as regular-season co-champions in the WCHA. CC forward Joey Crabb registered four shots on goal in the win.
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