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North Dakota beats Ferris State in 2 OT to reach Frozen Four PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:53
CINCINNATI — Sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg repeatedly saved North Dakota in the third period and the first overtime. He didn’t have to wait long or do much in the second overtime before he could finally celebrate.
Connor Gaarder scored off a rebound 1: 28 into the second overtime Saturday night, sending North Dakota to a 2-1 victory over Ferris State and its 20th trip to the Frozen Four.
“A flood of emotions, I guess,” said Gothberg, who had a career-high 44 saves. “Once Gaardy scored his goal, it’s just craziness. Every hair on your body is just standing up.”
Gothberg put North Dakota (25-13-3) in position for the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional title. He did his most impressive work in the third period and the first overtime, when Ferris State had a 26-8 advantage in shots.
Ferris State (29-11-3) took its best shot and got nowhere.
“I thought that the shots we had were unbelievable,” Ferris State’s Garrett Thompson said. “I felt we carried the pace tonight in the first overtime and in the third period. It’s just frustrating not to put one past him.”
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UMass-Lowell beats Minnesota State in NCAA hockey PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:51
WORCESTER, Mass. — After surviving a tight game against Minnesota State, UMass-Lowell coach Norm Bazin and the River Hawks were ready to focus on the all-Hockey East regional final against Boston College.
“We do know our opponent. They’re a great hockey team,” Bazin said after his second-seeded River Hawks beat Minnesota State 2-1 in the Northeast Regional semifinals Saturday night. “They’re regular-season champions for a reason, and it just so happens that we’re the playoff champions so it should be a good matchup.”
Top-seeded Boston College beat Denver 6-2.
The teams played twice late in the regular season, with BC winning 3-0 and tying 2-2.
“It should be an unbelievable final,” Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings said.
While BC was upset by Notre Dame in the Hockey East quarterfinals, Lowell won that tournament, with goalie Connor Hellebuyck posting two shutouts at TD Garden
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Wisconsin beats Arizona in West Region PDF Print E-mail
Written by BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:47
ANAHEIM, Calif.  — Every big shot Wisconsin needed, Frank Kaminsky hit.
The 7-footer carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final Saturday night.  
Kaminsky had 11 rebounds and scored from inside and outside, including three 3-pointers, for the No. 2 seed Badgers (30-7). It’s Wisconsin’s first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.
“We want a national championship now,” Kaminsky said. “We have made it to the opportunity to get there, so why not go get it?”
Ryan had a long tradition of attending the Final Four as a spectator with his father, who died in August.
“Today would have been my dad’s 90th birthday,” he said. “I just thought I’d throw that in.”
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined the locker room celebration, telling the Badgers he’d been following them all season.
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Dayton’s future bright after Elite Eight run PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:49
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After Dayton’s best postseason run in 30 years, coach Archie Miller is confident it won’t take the Flyers nearly as long to repeat that success.
No. 11 seed Dayton knocked off Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford before falling to top seed Florida 62-52 Saturday night in the NCAA tournament’s South Regional.
The scrappy team from the Atlantic 10 was the tournament’s favorite underdog by the end of its run — blasting past big-name programs and all the way to the Elite Eight with a deep rotation that specialized in defense and energy.
The architect was Miller — an intense 35-year-old from Pennsylvania who comes from a coaching family. Older brother Sean guided Arizona to the same point in the NCAA tournament, exiting just hours after his sibling when the Wildcats lost to Wisconsin 64-63 in overtime.
“I think the blueprint is now set that we know how to do it, and we can do it,” Archie Miller said after Saturday’s loss. “That’s going to be a credit to these guys who have taken us across the bridge, so to speak.”
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Helm’s hat trick extends Maple Leafs’ skid to 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:46
TORONTO— The Detroit Red Wings have stayed in the hunt in the Eastern Conference playoff race despite injuries to key players.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are headed in the opposite direction.
Darren Helm had a hat trick and the Red Wings handed the Maple Leafs their eighth straight loss with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night.
“It was the first hat trick I ever had, which is pretty special,” Helm said. “Big game to win, too. I was happy to win the game, first off, but the hat trick is a nice thing to take home.”
The losses are starting to wear on the Maple Leafs.
“I can’t describe it right now,” winger Joffrey Lupul said. “This was as close to a do-or-die as you can get. But obviously we’re not going to throw out hope until it’s mathematically set in stone. But we pretty much had to have this game.”
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