Karson Kuhlman scored 57 seconds into the second overtime as Minnesota Duluth edged defending NCAA champion Providence 2-1 on Friday night in the Northeast Regional semifinals in Worcester, Mass. The Bulldogs (19-15-5) will face the Boston College-Harvard winner at 8 p.m. Saturday.
UMD’s Tony Cameranesi opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 3:18 of the third. Steven McParland tied the score at 7:22 for Providence (27-7-4).
Kasimir Kaskisuo made 36 saves for Minnesota Duluth; Nick Ellis stopped 54 shots for the Friars.
North Dakota 6, Northeastern 2: Brock Boeser, a freshman forward from Burnsville, scored his 26th goal and had two assists, leading the Fighting Hawks (31-6-4) to a rout over the Huskies in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Cincinnati.
Northeastern (22-14-5), the Hockey East tournament champion, took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, but UND answered with goals by Johnny Simonson, Tucker Poolman and Luke Johnson later in the opening period. Johnson’s goal came on a power play at 16:55 and was the eventual game-winner.
All four lines contributed at least one goal. “[Depth is] what makes our team so special,” said UND’s Drake Caggiula, who scored the sixth goal.
Cam Johnson had 24 saves for North Dakota, the regional’s top seed; Ryan Ruck stopped 30 shots for the Huskies.
Michigan 3, Notre Dame 2 (OT): Tyler Motte took a pass in front of the goal and scored 8:19 into overtime as the Wolverines (25-7-5) won the other Midwest Regional semifinal.
Michigan took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period on Justin Selman’s goal. But Anders Bjork scored for the Fighting Irish five minutes later, and Notre Dame (19-11-7) took a 2-1 lead when Thomas DiPauli scored 24 seconds into the second period. Michigan, which only managed two shots on goal in the first 14 minutes of the middle period, tied the score 2-all on Zach Werenski’s goal at 9:52 of the third.
The Wolverines nearly took the lead with 3:56 left in regulation. Kyle Connor’s shot deflected through Irish goalie Cal Petersen and stopped just shy of the goal line.