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Boston College wins 17th in row

WORCESTER, Mass. — Parker Milner stopped 33 shots for his second straight shutout and top overall seed Boston College advanced to its 10th Frozen Four in 15 years with a 4-0 win over defending NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday night in the Northeast Region final.

BC, the Hockey East regular-season and tournament champion, takes a 17-game winning streak into its national semifinal with Minnesota, a 5-2 winner over North Dakota in the West Region final, on April 5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa.

Ferris State and Union (N.Y.) meet in the other semifinal.

BC's winning streak is the longest in coach Jerry York's 18 seasons. "Our club is very, very strong, mentally and physically," York said. "We're extremely excited and look forward to going down to Tampa."

Pat Mullane and Bill Arnold had second-period goals for the Eagles (31-10-7). "You could feel the excitement on the bench from the first shift," Arnold said.

Milner was selected the region's outstanding player. He stopped 20 shots in BC's 2-0 win over Air Force in a first-round game Saturday. "(Two shutouts) feel good, but we are going to the Frozen Four, so that's what really feels good," Milner said.

Kenny Reiter stopped 20 shots for the Bulldogs (25-10-6).

"I thought we had some good chances," UMD center Jack Connolly said. "The goaltender stood on his head for them."

Minnesota 5, N. Dakota 2: Minnesota wasn't going to let another three-goal lead against North Dakota slip away.

After winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title, Minnesota faced North Dakota in the semifinals of the conference tournament last weekend and led 3-0 after dominating the first 30 minutes. But UND scored six straight, including five in the third, to beat the Gophers and went on to win the tournament.

"We kind of wanted to get that last game out of our system against North Dakota," said Taylor Matson, who had a goal and an assist Sunday for the Gophers (28-13-1). "We were motivating guys on the bench, and everyone was excited."

Danny Kristo and Mario Lamoreaux scored for North Dakota (26-13-3), seeded fourth. UND believed it could rally even when trailing by three late in the third. "I thought we needed to get one," coach Dave Hakstol said. "I know we had some great opportunities."

.Fast facts

Frozen Four

When/where: April 5 semifinals, April 7 final; Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa

Tickets: Reserved seats for all three games $195. Available at Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

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