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Five Wild Prospects Advance To Regional Finals

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Boston College 4, Harvard 1

Forward Alex Tuch (2014, first round pick) scored twice, and Boston College advanced in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament on Friday. Tuch opened the scoring for the Eagles when he jammed home a loose puck in the crease 7:59 into the first period. It was his 16th goal of the season.

Tuch wasn't done, and pushed Boston College's lead to 3-0 when he snapped home a shot under the crossbar in the second period. The 2014 first round pick has surpassed his offensive totals from his freshman season in this his sophomore campaign for the Eagles with 17 goals, 16 assists, and 33 points.

Tuch, forward Adam Gilmour (2012, fourth round pick) and the Eagles advance to play Minnesota Duluth in the Northeast Regional on Saturday (8 p.m. CT; ESPNU), with the winner advancing to the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay.

Michigan 3, Notre Dame 2 (OT)

Defenseman Nicholas Boka (2015, sixth round pick) assisted on a game-tying goal in the third period, and Michigan erased a third period deficit to defeat Notre Dame 3-2 in its Midwest Regional semifinal.

The Fighting Irish led 2-1 entering the third period. Forward Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets) scored at the 9:52 mark, with Boka picking up the secondary assist. It was the freshman's 10th assist of the season.

Forward Tyler Motte (Chicago Blackhawks) scored 8:19 into overtime to secure the victory for the Wolverines. 

Senior forward Mario Lucia (2011, second round pick) had two shots on goal in his final collegiate game.

Boka, Nolan De Jong (2013, seventh round pick), and Michigan advance to play North Dakota in the Midwest Regional final on Saturday (5 p.m. CT; ESPN2).

Minnesota Duluth 2, Providence 1 (2OT)

The Bulldogs eliminated the reigning national champion Friars in their Northeast Regional semifinal. Forward Karson Kuhlman scored the game-winning goal 57 seconds into the second overtime period.

Defenseman Carson Soucy (2013, fifth round) was a plus-two, and was on the ice for both Duluth goals. He also had two shots on goal.

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