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Miami-Ohio and Boston University advance to Frozen Four final
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Tommy Wingels registered two goals and an assist as Miami-Ohio defeated Bemidji State, 4-1, in the semifinals of the Frozen Four at Verizon Center.
Alden Hirschfeld and Bill Loupee also tallied for Miami-Ohio, which gained the semifinal spot after toppling top-seed Denver, then Minnesota-Duluth in the West region. The RedHawks will play Boston University in the finals on Saturday.
Cody Reichard stopped 23-of-24 shots for Miami.
Matt Read scored the lone goal for Bemidji State, from College Hockey America. The Beavers, who claimed the Midwest region following a 4-1 triumph over Cornell to reach their first Frozen Four in school history.
Matt Dalton allowed three goals on 36 shots for Bemidji State, which also dispatched regional top-seed Notre Dame to become the first team from outside the traditional four powerhouse conferences to reach the national semis.
In the other semifinal, Colin Wilson scored twice, including the game-winner with 5:41 left in the third period as Boston University held on to edge Vermont, 5-4.
Wilson also registered an assist, while Chris Higgins tallied a goal and added three helpers for the Terriers, who won the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles, finishing the year as the top-ranked school in the nation.
They garnered the overall top seed for the tourney and gained its first Frozen Four berth since 1997 by routing Ohio State, 8-3, and conference-rival New Hampshire by a 2-1 count to take the Northeast region.
Jason Lawrence chipped in with a goal and an assist, and Vinny Saponari lit the lamp for BU. Kieran Millan allowed four goals on 27 shots in the win.
Josh Burrows, Justin Milo and Drew MacKenzie each had a goal and a helper for Vermont, which captured the East region with victories over former ECAC foe Yale, then a disputed 3-2 double-overtime triumph against Air Force.
Wahsontiio Stacey had a marker for Vermont, while Rob Madore made 23 saves in defeat.
04/09 23:38:18 ET