Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Colleges

Denver, Quinnipiac round out Frozen Four in Tampa

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Blake Hillman broke a tie with 4:32 left and Denver beat Ferris State 6-3 Sunday to advance to the Frozen Four in Tampa.

Nolan Zajac added another goal 25 seconds later, and Quentin Shore capped the scoring spree on a power play with 2:27 left in the West Region final. Hillman, Dylan Gambrell and Danton Heinen each had a goal and two assists, and Trevor Moore also scored for the Pioneers (25-9-6).

Denver faces No. 3 overall seed North Dakota in the national semifinals at 8:30 p.m. on April 7 at Amalie Arena. The Pioneers, who won the last of their eight titles in 2005, reached their 14th Frozen Four.

Denver had 13 goals over 24 hours; on Saturday the Pioneers routed Boston University 7-2.

Gerald Mayhew, Corey Mackin and Kyle Shempp scored for Ferris State (20-15-6), which beat No. 2 seed St. Cloud State 5-4 in overtime Saturday.

Heinen opened the scoring at 5:34 of the first off a rebound of Gambrell's shot. Mayhew tied it with 4:47 left in the first.

Gambrell put the Pioneers back on top with 1:20 left on a shot from the top of the faceoff circle; Ferris State tied it a minute later when Mackin's crossing pass deflected past goalie Tanner Jaillet.

Less than three minutes into the third, Hillman threaded a pass through the neutral zone to Moore, who beat Smith cleanly for a 3-2 lead. Schempp tied it on a power play with 12:33 left.

Quinnipiac 4, Mass. Lowell 1: Top overall seed Quinnipiac clinched its second Frozen Four berth in program history as four players scored for the Bobcats (31-3-7) in the East Region final at Albany, N.Y.

Quinnipiac's other Frozen Four trip was in 2013, where the Bobcats lost to Yale in the final.

The Bobcats outshot Massachusetts Lowell 35-15. Dylan Zink's goal put the River Hawks (25-10-5) ahead in the first period but Landon Smith, Sam Anas and Scott Davidson scored in the second as Quinnipiac took control. Travis St. Denis' goal capped it in the third.

In the first semifinal April 7, Quinnipiac faces Boston College (28-7-5), which reached its record 25th Frozen Four late Saturday. Teddy Doherty scored twice for the Eagles in a 3-2 victory over Minnesota-Duluth in the Northeast Region final in Worcester, Mass.

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