Matt Lorito scored twice to lead Brown to a 4-0 upset of top-seeded Quinnipiac Friday in the semifinals of the ECAC tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.
Goalie Anthony Borelli made 29 saves for Brown (16-13-6), which scored twice in each of the first two periods.
The Bears went 1-0-2 against Quinnipiac this season, with all of the games coming while the Bobcats were ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation.
Brown, which beat second-seeded Rensselaer in the quarterfinals, will face Union (20-12-5) in Saturday night’s championship game, the first for the Bears since 1993.
Lorito has a goal in seven straight games. He opened the scoring nine minutes into the first period and also tallied on a 5-on-3 power play in the second, beating goalie Eric Hartzell with a shot just under the crossbar.
Quinnipiac (26-7-5), ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and second in the USCHO.com poll, is expected to get a top seed in the NCAA Tournament despite the loss.
In the other semifinal, Union trounced Yale, 5-0, behind a brilliant 34-save shutout from goalie Troy Grosenick.
Five players scored and the fourth-seeded Dutchmen won their fifth straight and seventh in their last nine. Union, a Frozen Four team a year ago, gets a chance to defend its ECAC title.
Atlantic Hockey semifinals — Behind four unanswered goals, Mercyhurst rallied for a 4-1 win over Connecticut in Rochester, N.Y.
Paul Chiasson scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and added an empty-netter for the Lakers (19-16-5), who advance to play seventh-seeded Canisius (18-18-5) in the championship game Saturday night. The winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
Trevor Gerling scored the lone goal for the fourth-seeded Huskies (19-14-4), who were 6-0-1 in their previous seven games.
In the other semifinal, Tyler Wiseman scored twice and set up Duncan McKellar’s go-ahead goal in leading Canisius to a 5-3 win over top-seeded Niagara in Rochester.
Tony Capobianco stopped 38 shots, including all eight in the final period, for the seventh-seeded Golden Griffins, who won their seventh straight. Canisius advances to its first tournament final.
The 15th-ranked Purple Eagles (23-9-5) still have an opportunity to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.