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Wisconsin rips RIT, advances to NCAA men's ice hockey final
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Derek Stepan posted two goals and two assists as Wisconsin routed RIT, 8-1, in a Frozen Four matchup from Ford Field.
Justin Schultz and Blake Geoffrion posted a goal and one assist each for the Badgers (28-10-4), who topped Vermont and St. Cloud State to make the final four for the first time since winning the title in 2006.
Scott Gudmandson stopped 12-of-13 shots for Wisconsin, which will face the winner of Boston College/Miami-Ohio in the national final on Saturday.
Tyler Brenner provided the lone goal for the Tigers (28-12-1), the Atlantic Hockey champions who knocked off perennial powers Denver and New Hampshire to reach the semifinals for the first time in school history.
Jared DeMichiel was dented for six goals on 27 shots in defeat.
Wisconsin scored 1:27 into the contest as John Mitchell capped 30 seconds of Badgers pressure by slamming home a rebound from in front. Stepan doubled the advantage on a deflection at 9:38.
Jordy Murray followed up a broken play for a 3-0 Badgers lead at 2:18 of the second period, then Schultz made it a four-goal game at 4:26 on a reviewed score.
A five-minute major power play late in the second provided Wisconsin with two more scores, as Michael Davies tallied at the start of the advantage, then Geoffrion potted a rebound during a 5-on-3 which put the Badgers up 6-0.
Brenner finally put the Tigers on the board with a power play inside the final 30 seconds of the middle period.
Craig Smith and Stepan tallied in the final 2 1/2 minutes of regulation to cap the rout.
04/08 20:08:24 ET