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RANGERS NCAA UPDATE - March 25, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Al Montoya turned aside 17 shots in Michigan's 4-1 win over Wisconsin on Friday.

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MIDWEST REGIONAL
Wisconsin 1, Michigan (Montoya) 4
Jeff Tambellini scored two goals and added two assists to power the No. 5 Michigan ice hockey team's 4-1 victory over No. 13 Wisconsin on Friday, March 25, in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich. Wolverines netminder Al Montoya turned aside 17 shots in the win. Montoya's shutout bid was blown at 14:43 of the third period when Badgers forward Adam Burish snuck home a wraparound shot. The Rangers' 2004 first rounder improved to 30-6-3 on the season. The Wolverines will face No. 3 Colorado College at 5 p.m. Saturday with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line.

The Wolverines have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in 11 straight seasons. The last time they left the NCAA Tournament without a victory was 1994, when they fell to Lake Superior State. Michigan is also now riding a season-best 11 consecutive games. It marks U-M's best single-season winning streak since 1993-94, when the Wolverines also won 11 straight.
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Colgate 5, Colorado College (Crabb) 6
It wasn't artistic by any means, but Colorado College lived to see another day in the NCAA tournament with a 6-5 victory Friday over Colgate University in their Midwest Regional opener at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. CC gave up a pair of shorthanded goals to the scrappy Raiders, who finished third in the ECAC standings this season, but got a pair of third-period tallies from Brett Sterling to advance to Saturday's national quarterfinal against Michigan. CC forward Joey Crabb collected an assist and four shots on goal in the win, the Tigers' 30th of the season (30-8-3).
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EAST REGIONAL
Boston University (Roche) 0, North Dakota 4
North Dakota senior forward Colby Genoway scored twice and added an assist to lead third-seeded North Dakota to a 4-0 win against #4 Boston University in an NCAA East Regional semifinal on Friday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. With the win, North Dakota advances to face Boston College in the finals of the East Regional on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The loss marks the end of the season for Ken Roche and the Terriers, who finished at 23-14-4.
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SATURDAY'S NCAA MATCH-UPS:
~ Ohio State (Nate Guenin) @ Cornell - First Round / West
~ Maine (Greg Moore, Billy Ryan) @ Minnesota - First Round / West
~ Harvard (Rob Flynn, Dylan Reese) @ New Hampshire - First Round / Northeast
~ North Dakota @ Boston College - East Regional Final (8:00 PM ET)
~ Michigan (Al Montoya) @ Colorado College (Joey Crabb) - Midwest Regional Final (5:00 PM ET)
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