Mike Connolly scored a shorthanded goal and had three assists as Minnesota-Duluth beat top-seeded Yale, 5-3, last night in Bridgeport, Conn., to earn a trip to the Frozen Four.
Kenny Reiter made 30 saves for UMD (24-10-6), which used four second-period goals, three on the power play, to take a four-goal lead into the third.
This will be the fourth trip to the Frozen Four for UMD and first since 2004.
Ryan Rondeau, who went almost 240 minutes without giving up a goal before Air Force scored on him in the first round, made 16 saves for Yale (28-7-1). He was pulled at the end of the second period in favor of sophomore Nick Maricic.
It was the second consecutive loss in a regional final for Yale.
West Regional — Lee Moffie’s power-play at 17:33 of the second period proved to be the winner as Michigan (28-10-4) held off a late charge by Colorado College to take a 2-1 victory in the regional final in St. Louis. The Wolverines will meet the winner of today’s Denver-North Dakota game in the Frozen Four semifinals.
Midwest Regional — Jason Zucker scored off a rebound of his own shot 11:14 into the second overtime to lift Denver (25-11-5) past Western Michigan, 3-2, in the semifinals at Green Bay, Wis. Derek Roehl and Trevor Elias gave the Broncos (19-13-10) a 2-0 lead in the third, but Kyle Ostrow and Matt Donovan tied it . . . Brad Malone scored a pair of goals, and No. 1 ranked North Dakota easily rolled over Rensselaer, 6-0, in the other semifinal. The Sioux (31-8-3) are unbeaten in 14 straight.