Eden native Alex Iafallo scored once and assisted on Adam Johnson’s power-play goal at 1:57 of overtime, pushing Minnesota-Duluth past Boston University, 3-2, on Saturday night in Fargo, N.D. UM-D clinched the first spot in the NCAA Frozen Four on April 6 in Chicago.
Iafallo extended his point streak to 13 games when he scored to tie the game at 1-1 with 18 seconds left in the first period. Boston U.’s Patrick Harper scored with 3:13 left to send the game to overtime.
Each team had won in overtime on Friday to advance. Iafallo assisted on Willie Raskob’s winner at 11:58 of overtime for Minnesota-Duluth in a 3-2 triumph over Ohio State. Boston U. edged North Dakota by the same score.
Penn State made its debut in the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship with a 10-3 rout of Union in Cincinnati and will face Denver today in the Midwest Regional final. Chase Berger gave the Nittany Lions the lead for good at 9:33 of the second period.
Colin Staub’s two power-play goals in the first period helped Denver build a five-goal lead on the way to a 5-2 triumph over Michigan Tech in the first game in Cincinnati.
Harvard joined Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four, holding off Air Force, 3-2, in Providence, R.I. Tyler Moy’s power-play goal in the second period stood up as the game-winner.
In Manchester, N.H., Notre Dame (22-11-5) overcame a 2-0 second period deficit and upset Minnesota, 3-2, on Anders Bjork’s second goal of the game, on the power play at 8:42 of the third. Junior goalie Cal Petersen shut out the Golden Gophers with 19 saves over the last 39:30. The
Notre Dame starting defense included sophomore Dennis Gilbert (St. Joe’s).
The Fighting Irish will face UMass-Lowell in the Northeast final. Lowell blanked Cornell, 5-0, in Manchester.