Quinnipiac rallies past Canisius

Updated: March 31, 2013, 12:37 AM ET
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Matthew Peca, Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Kevin Bui scored in a 6:26 span in the third period and top-seeded Quinnipiac overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Canisius 4-3 on Saturday night in the NCAA East Regional semifinals.

The Bobcats, upset in the ECAC semifinals by Brown but still the No. 1 overall seed in the field of 16, will face Union on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four. Union beat Boston College 5-1.

Down 3-1, Quinnipiac (28-7-5) cut it to one on Peca's goal at 8:02 of the third period. Samuels-Thomas tied it on a power play with 9:18 to go at 10:42, and Bui beat goalie Tony Capobianco off a rebound with 5:32 left.

"There was no panic out there. No panic on the bench," coach Rand Pecknold said. "I knew once we made it 3-2, we were going to win the hockey game."

The Bobcats are 7-4-1 in their last 12 games.

"There's no question we have to be a better hockey team. We are not playing our best hockey," Pecknold said. "If we are going to win tomorrow, we have to be better."

Connor Jones had a goal and an assist for the Bobcats.

"We were just trying to stay positive," said Jones. "We had a lot of chances and we knew we needed to stick with it. We got more shots, more traffic, more chances and then, as you saw, more goals.

Stephen Farrell and Duncan McKellar scored 44 seconds apart in the second period for Canisius, and Kyle Gibbons beat Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell at 3:43 of the third. Hartzell stopped McKellar's shot at the final buzzer.

The Golden Griffins, the Atlantic Hockey champs in their first NCAA tournament, finished the season 19-19-5. They had won eight straight.

"This is a proud group here, and we talked about the season before this game, and playing with house money," coach Dave Smith said. "A lot of guys on our team didn't know what house money was, but we wanted to play with it. Let's go for it, and we did.

"We played well, we played aggressive in the second, but things went their way in the third. The recipe for us was there. We gave ourselves a chance to win. There are only positives for us here. I don't feel like we let this slip. I feel Quinnipiac earned this."

Added senior captain Preston Shupe: "We've talked a lot about footprints in the snow and we made some big ones this year. It's been pretty special to be a part of."

Union 5, Boston College 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Josh Jooris scored two goals, and Troy Grosenick made 29 saves to help Union beat defending national champion Boston College 5-1 on Saturday night in the NCAA East Regional semifinals.

Union, the ECAC champion, will face conference rival Quinnipiac, the top seed in the 16-team tournament, on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. Quinnipiac is 2-0 against Union this season.

Jooris opened the scoring on a power play in the first period, and made it 2-0 early in the second to carry the Dutchmen (22-12-5) to their seventh straight victory. Cole Ikkala put a soft goal past goalie Parker Milner, and Shayne Gostisbehere added a power-play goal to cap the three-goal second period.

Daniel Ciampini completed the rout with a power-play goal at 5:19 of the third period.

Daniel Carr and Wayne Simpson had two assists apiece for the Dutchmen.

Grosenick, a finalist for last year's Hobey Baker Award, didn't have to be outstanding as his teammates outskated and outworked the Eagles (23-12-4). He did face 16 shots in the third period and lost what would have been his second shutout in the last three games when 2013 Baker finalist Johnny Gaudreau scored with 3:58 left.

BC coach Jerry York, the winningest coach in NCAA history, returned after missing two games because of eye surgery. He wore a patch over his right eye.

Midwest Regional

St. Cloud State 5, Notre Dame 1

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Joey Benik had two goals and an assist to help fourth-seeded St. Cloud State beat top-seeded Notre Dame 5-1 on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

The Huskies (24-15-1) will face Miami (Ohio) on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

Benik, Cory Thorson and Jonny Brodzinski scored on three of St. Cloud State's first seven shots of the second period to make it 4-0.

"We were relaxed," Huskies coach Bob Motzko said. "We scored a few times in a short span and then we settled in and played a smart hockey game."

Ben Hanowski also scored, and Ryan Faragher made 17 saves.

"We did a good job getting pucks and bodies to the net," Hanowski said. "We capitalized on a lot of our opportunities."

Mike Voran had a short-handed goal in the third period for Notre Dame (25-13-3), which was whistled for the game's first six penalties and spent most of the last two periods in its own zone.

The Irish were outshot 23-18 and managed only eight in the final two periods.

"We didn't execute as well in the neutral zone," coach Jeff Jackson said. "That was the difference in the game."

Steven Summerhays had 14 saves before being pulled for Mike Johnson at the start of the third period.

The Irish entered the game with a seven-game winning streak after winning the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament championship.

Miami (Ohio) 4, Minnesota State Mankato 0

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ryan McKay made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Miami (Ohio) beat Minnesota State 4-0 on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

The second-seeded RedHawks (25-11-5) will play St. Cloud State on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. Fourth-seeded St. Cloud State beat top-seeded Notre Dame 5-1 in the first semifinal.

McKay gave up four goals in his last start, a 6-2 Central Collegiate Hockey Association semifinal loss to Michigan, but got plenty of help Saturday. Miami's defensemen blocked 28 attempts to help the goalie hand the Mavericks their first shutout of the season.

"Their D-men were blocking a lot of shots," Minnesota State forward Eriah Hayes said. "We were getting looks but we couldn't get them through."

Two Minnesota State shots hit posts in the opening period but good scoring chances were hard to come by the rest of the game.

Curtis McKenzie scored midway through the second period and Marc Hagel, Cody Murphy and Max Cook added goals in the third.

"They're very dangerous on the power play and I thought out guys did a great job blocking shots," coach Enrico Blasi said. "And Ryan was there when we needed him."

Miami made it past the first round of the tournament for the first time since 2010, its last trip to the Frozen Four.

Stephon Williams made 22 saves for the Mavericks (24-14-3), who played most of the game with five defensemen after Evan Mosey was assessed major and game misconduct penalties for kneeing Miami's Jimmy Mullin late in the first period.

Coach Mike Hastings said killing the long penalty affected his players.

"There were extended periods of time when we had to be out there defending," he said. "I think that sapped a bit of our energy."

Minnesota State was making the school's second NCAA tournament appearance.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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