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Pittsburgh • Andrew Miller scored 6:59 into overtime to lift Yale to a 3-2 victory over UMass Lowell in the NCAA men's hockey semifinals Thursday night.
The senior captain raced around a pair of River Hawks defenders then slipped a backhand shot between the legs of UMass Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Bulldogs (21-12-3) will play rival Quinnipiac in the final Saturday.
Mitch Witek and Antoine Laganiere gave Yale an early two-goal lead and the Bulldogs controlled play for long stretches but couldn't finish off the top-seeded River Hawks in regulation.
Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pendenza scored 14 seconds apart in the second period for Lowell (28-11-2) and Hellebuyck nearly made it stand up. He stopped 44 shots but had no answer when Miller zipped to the net.
Quinnipiac 4, St. Cloud State 1 • At Pittsburgh, Quinnipiac jumped to an early lead and cruised past St. Cloud State in the NCAA hockey semifinals.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas had a goal and an assist for the top-seeded Bobcats while Ben Arnt, Kellen Jones and Jeremy Langlois also scored for Quinnipiac (30-7-5), who will play in-state rival Yale in the final Saturday.
Hobey Baker Award finalist Eric Hartzell stopped 32 shots for the Bobcats, easily outshining fellow finalist Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State. LeBlanc was held scoreless as the Huskies (25-16-1) struggled to keep up with Quinnipiac.
NCAA Division I Championship
O Yale vs. Quinnipiac
Saturday, 5 p.m. MT
TV • ESPN