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Friday, March 22, 2013
Brown upsets No. 1 Quinnipiac 4-0

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Matt Lorito scored twice and Brown upset top-seeded Quinnipiac 4-0 Friday in the semifinals of the ECAC hockey tournament.

Goalie Anthony Borelli made 29 saves for Brown (16-13-6), which scored twice in each of the first two periods.

Brown, which beat second-seeded Rensselaer in the quarterfinals, will face Union in Saturday's championship game, the first for the Bears since 1993. The Dutchmen beat Yale 5-0 in Friday's other semifinal.

Lorito has a goal in seven straight games. He opened the scoring 9 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) has been ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for six straight weeks and is expected to get a top seed in the NCAA tournament despite the loss.

In the other ECAC semifinal, goalie Troy Grosenick made 34 saves and Union (20-12-5) shut out Yale 5-0. Five different players scored and the fourth-seeded Dutchman won their fifth straight and seventh in their last nine.

Union scored twice in the first and second periods, getting some luck in the second when Josh Jooris deflected the puck off the skate of Yale's Mitch Witek and past goalie Jeff Malcolm to make it 4-0. Sam Coatta added a goal with a backhander from his knees with 26 seconds left in the game.

WCHA

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Rylan Schwartz and Charlie Taft scored in the second period for Colorado College in a 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Friday night in the WCHA semifinals, sending the Tigers to an improbable spot in the championship game against Wisconsin.

Joe Howe made 35 saves for Colorado College (18-18-5), seeded eighth out of 12 in the league playoffs. The Tigers won the last two games of the first-round best-of-three series against rival Denver and knocked off North Dakota in overtime in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Then they took down the Gophers (26-8-5), the second-ranked team in both major national polls playing in front of a partisan crowd less than eight miles from their home ice. This was Minnesota's last WCHA game. The Gophers will be in the Big Ten next season.

In the other semifinal, Nic Kerdiles had a goal and two assists to help Wisconsin beat St. Cloud State 4-1 in the WCHA semifinals Friday, the fifth straight win for the Badgers.

Joseph LaBate, John Ramage and Tyler Barnes also scored for the Badgers (21-12-7), who will play for the championship and the Broadmoor Trophy on Saturday.

Seeded fourth in this year's tournament, the Badgers haven't won the conference title game since 1998.

Joel Rumpel made 30 saves for Wisconsin, which has scored 24 goals during this five-game winning streak.

Ben Hanowski tied it late in the first period on a power play for the Huskies (23-15-1), who shared the regular-season championship with Minnesota.

Hockey East

BOSTON -- Danny O'Regan scored twice in the third period as Boston University rattled off five straight goals in a 6-3 win over rival Boston College on Friday, clinching a berth in the Hockey East title game and extending coach Jack Parker's 40-year tenure at least one more game.

The Terriers (23-10-4) will face UMass Lowell for the conference title Saturday. A victory would secure a spot in the NCAA tournament, which BU has won three times under Parker. The coach is retiring at the end of the season, which appeared to be eminent when the Eagles (22-11-4) took a 2-0 lead on Quinn Smith's goal with 11:14 left in the second.

Evan Rodrigues started the comeback on a goal with 7:43 left in the second, then Matt Lane scored on a breakaway just 2:04 later to tie it. Garrett Noonan added a goal with 2:01 left in the period, then O'Regan scored a pair of power play goals in the third to all but clinch it.

Steven Whitney pulled BC within 5-3 with 6:17 left to play, but Rodrigues sealed it with an empty-net goal.

In the other semifinal, Scott Wilson scored the go-ahead goal with 7:30 remaining in the third period as top-seeded Lowell rallied for a 2-1 win over Providence. A.J. White also scored for the River Hawks (25-10-2).

Jon Gillies had 31 saves for Providence (17-14-7), but couldn't hold off the River Hawks in the third. He was bumped by a teammate when White scored on a rebound 34 seconds into the period to tie it. And Wilson started the winning sequence with a steal and pass to Riley Wetmore along the boards. Wetmore completed the give-and-go with a backhanded pass to Wilson for a one-timer.

The Friars had held a 1-0 lead since Kevin Rooney poked in a rebound with 11:01 left in the first.

Connor Hellebuyck finished with 34 saves for UMass Lowell.

Atlantic Hockey

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- 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 an Atlantic Hockey Association semifinal on Friday evening.

Tony Capobianco stopped 38 shots, including all eight in the final period, for the seventh-seeded Golden Griffins (18-18-5), who won their seventh straight. Canisius advances to make its first tournament championship appearance on Saturday, when it will play sixth-seeded Mercyhurst.

McKellar's power-play goal with 20 seconds left in the second period broke a 3-3 tie. Ben Danford and Cody Freeman also scored for Canisius.

Giancarlo Iuorio scored twice and Hugo Turcotte also scored for the Purple Eagles (23-9-5), who still have an opportunity to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

Mercyhurst (19-16-5) was led by Paul Chiasson, who scored twice, in a 4-1 win over fourth-seeded Connecticut (19-14-4).

Zac Frischmon and Kyle Just also scored for the sixth-seeded Lakers, who scored four times over the final two periods to rally from a 1-0 deficit.

Chiasson scored the go-ahead goal 13:59 into the second by deflecting in Nick Jones' shot from the blue line. He then sealed the victory with an empty-netter with 1:54 left.

Trevor Gerling scored the lone goal for the fourth-seeded Huskies (19-14-4), who were 6-0-1 in their previous seven games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.