André Ghantous scored twice and freshman netminder Rico DiMatteo stopped 28 photographs to guide sixth-seeded Northern Michigan a serious upset of top-seeded Minnesota State, 5-1, within the opening semifinal of the WCHA Championship.
Northern Michigan will meet Lake Superior State in Saturday’s title recreation.
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— NMU Males’s Hockey (@NMUHockey) March 19, 2021
“Going into this weekend we knew we had a tall job forward of us,” Northern Michigan head coach Grant Potulny stated following the sport. “Enjoying probably the greatest groups within the nation, if not one of the best, of their dwelling constructing we knew we needed to play a flawless recreation.
“I assumed from the start of the sport proper to the tip, beginning with our management, we had self-discipline in our construction, we had self-discipline individually in staying out of the penalty field and I assumed our goalie was excellent.”
Northern Michigan jumped to a 1-0 lead by means of one on Ghantous’ first aim of the sport. However then it was a second-period explosion, 4 objectives within the first 13 minutes of the body, that blew open the competition.
The closely favored Mavericks received a third-period aim from Reggie Lutz for a glimmer of hope in a body by which Minnesota State held a 13-2 shot benefit. However the harm was achieved within the second creating far too powerful of a hill to climb.
“There have been some moments when the sport was nonetheless up for grabs, and even within the third once they had their massive push, that’s a group that may rating in bunches,” stated Potulny, “and I assumed Rico did a very good job making some actually well timed saves.”
Joseph Nardi led all scorers with a aim and two assists, whereas and Ghantous’ two objectives provides him 9 on the season, all coming since January 25.
For Minnesota State, there may be cause for concern. The Mavericks are actually a lock for the NCAA event however now should regroup within the subsequent week earlier than dealing with a regional opponent nonetheless in search of this system’s for NCAA Division I event win.
“It’s important to look within the mirror,” stated Mavericks coach Mike Hastings. “I instructed the blokes now we have to personal our efficiency whether or not it’s good or unhealthy. We didn’t deal with in the present day very nicely. We now have to acknowledge what occurred and flush it. As a result of we don’t have loads of time to dwell.”
No. 17 Lake Superior 4, No. 13 Bemidji State 1
The Lake Superior offense struck early and sometimes and restricted what had been a red-hot Bemidji State group to only 27 photographs, 13 coming within the third, because the Lakers superior to the WCHA finals with a 4-1 victory over the Beavers.
Lake Superior constructed a 3-0 lead by means of two durations on a primary interval tally by Brandon Puricelli and two objectives within the center body by Jacob Bengtsson and Hampus Eriksson.
When Lucas Kaelble prolonged the result in 4-0 early within the third, even a late aim by Bemidji State’s Ethan Somoza may preserve the Lakers from smelling the finals and their likelihood to seize their first WCHA title.
The Lakers received 4 CCHA event titles however hasn’t received a postseason event since 1995.
No. 15 AIC 2, Niagara 1
High-seeded AIC held serve in Friday’s Atlantic Hockey opener, although wanted a late third interval aim to earn a 2-1 win over a really pesky Niagara group.
The Yellow Jackets, which hadn’t performed a recreation since January 31 as a consequence of cancelations associated to COVID, by no means held a lead till Justin Cole scored with 5:41 remaining in regulation.
Niagara, in truth, led the sport heading to the third interval on a Walker Sommer aim at 17:50 of the second.
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However AIC discovered their jets within the third, holding a 12-5 shot benefit.
Elijah Barriga lastly solved Niagara goaltender Chad Veltri at 11:22 of the third to even the sport at one. That arrange Cole’s recreation winner to advance the hosts to the title recreation.
Stefano Durante earned the win in aim for AIC stopping 17 of 18 photographs.
Canisius 4, No. 19 Military 3 (OT)
J.D. Pogue’s aim at 13:23 of extra time ended a back-and-forth semifinal battle and gave Canisius the 4-3 victory over Military.
The Golden Griffs will face AIC in Saturday’s title recreation.
All gasoline, no brakes.
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— Canisius Hockey (@GriffsHockey) March 20, 2021
Max Kouznetsov despatched the sport to extra time scoring on the ability play for the Griffs with 5:53 remaining in regulation. That got here after Military’s Thomas Farrell and Matt Berkovitz every tallied within the first half for the third to offer Military the lead.
The Black Knights scored the one aim of the primary interval, a tally from Jake Felker. However the second interval belonged to Canisius as Simon Gravel tied the sport at 6:02 and Mitchell Martan gave the Griffs their first lead simply 46 seconds later.
Jacob Barczewski earned the win in aim for Canisius making 26 saves.
The loss places Military, a bubble group for the NCAA Event, into excessive peril to safe an at-large bid. Canisius might want to win on Saturday to punch its first NCAA ticket since 2013.