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NORTH DAKOTA 3, MINNESOTA 2

N. Dakota advances in OT

DENVER -- Chris Porter's wraparound goal with 10:17 remaining in overtime lifted North Dakota to a 3-2 win over Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional championship game yesterday.

The Fighting Sioux (24-13-5) advanced to their third straight Frozen Four and 17th in school history. North Dakota is 38-16 all time in the NCAA Tournament, the best winning percentage (.704) in tournament history. The Sioux have won seven national titles, the last coming in 2000.

North Dakota will take on Boston College April 5 in St. Louis.

Porter, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, went around the net and stuffed it in past Minnesota goalie Jeff Frazee.

North Dakota avenged a 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota (31-10-3) in the championship game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament March 17.

The Sioux beat Michigan, 8-5, in the semifinals Saturday night.

Sioux goalie Philippe Lamoureux finished with 27 saves, including three in overtime.

Jay Barriball's shot from the left circle trickled off Lamoureux and into the net at the 13:11 mark of the final period to tie the game at 2-2.

Robbie Bina had given North Dakota the lead when he scored a power-play goal early in the third period. The Fighting Sioux came into the game with the third-best power-play unit in the nation.

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