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TAMPA, Fla. -- Boston College erupted for three unanswered goals in the second period and cruised to a 6-1 victory over Minnesota Thursday in the Frozen Four semifinals.

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Steven Whitney gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. In the second stanza Kdin Hayes, Chris Kreider and Paul Carey all scored.

Jaken Hansen brought Minnesota within 4-1 early in the third period but Boston College ended any suspense when Carey connected 22 seconds later and Brian Dumoulin scored at 5:51.

Ferris St. 3, Union 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Aaron Schmit scored two goals, Kyle Bonis had the tiebreaking tally in the third period and Ferris State beat Union 3-1 on Thursday to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four final.

Ferris State (26-11-5) got the win in its first Frozen Four appearance and will face Boston College in Saturday night's championship.

Union College, a 2,133-student liberal arts school that does not offer athletic scholarships, fell to 26-8-7.

Bonis put Ferris State in front at the 15:17 mark of the third. Brett Wysopal's shot was deflected away by goaltender Troy Groesnick, but Bonis was there for the rebound.

Schmit put it out of reach with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

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