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St. Cloud State’s Cory Thorson fires the puck past Notre Dame goalie Steven Summerhays to score during the second period of their Midwest semifinal game Saturday in Toledo, Ohio. St. Cloud State defeated Notre Dame 5-1 to advance to the finals Sunday against Miami. Jason Wachter | St. Cloud Times

COLLEGE HOCKEY ROUNDUP: St. Cloud routs Notre Dame, last WCHA team standing

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Joey Benik had two goals and an assist to help fourth-seeded St. Cloud State beat top-seeded Notre Dame 5-1 on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

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The Huskies (24-15-1) will face Miami (Ohio) today for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

Benik, Cory Thorson and Jonny Brodzinski scored on three of St. Cloud State’s first seven shots of the second period to make it 4-0.

“We were relaxed,” Huskies coach Bob Motzko said. “We scored a few times in a short span and then we settled in and played a smart hockey game.”

Ben Hanowski also scored, and Ryan Faragher made 17 saves.

“We did a good job getting pucks and bodies to the net,” Hanowski said. “We capitalized on a lot of our opportunities.”

Mike Voran had a short-handed goal in the third period for Notre Dame (25-13-3), which was whistled for the game’s first six penalties and spent most of the last two periods in its own zone.

The Irish were outshot 23-18 and managed only eight in the final two periods.

“We didn’t execute as well in the neutral zone,” coach Jeff Jackson said. “That was the difference in the game.”

Steven Summerhays had 14 saves before being pulled for Mike Johnson at the start of the third period.

The Irish entered the game with a seven-game winning streak after winning the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament championship.

Miami 4, Minnesota State 0

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ryan McKay made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Miami (Ohio) beat Minnesota State in the other Midwest Regional semifinal.

McKay gave up four goals in his last start, a 6-2 CCHA semifinal loss to Michigan, but got plenty of help Saturday. Miami’s defensemen blocked 28 attempts to help the goalie hand the Mavericks their first shutout of the season.

Two Minnesota State shots hit posts in the opening period but good scoring chances were hard to come by the rest of the game.

Curtis McKenzie scored midway through the second period and Marc Hagel, Cody Murphy and Max Cook added goals in the third.

“They’re very dangerous on the power play and I thought out guys did a great job blocking shots,” coach Enrico Blasi said. “And Ryan was there when we needed him.”

Miami (25-11-5) made it past the first round of the tournament for the first time since 2010, its last trip to the Frozen Four.

Stephon Williams made 22 saves for the Mavericks (24-14-3), who played most of the game with five defensemen after Evan Mosey was assessed major and game misconduct penalties for kneeing Miami’s Jimmy Mullin late in the first period.

Minnesota State was making the school’s second NCAA tournament appearance.

EAST REGIONAL

Quinnipiac 4, Canisius 3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Matthew Peca, Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Kevin Bui scored in a 6:26 span in the third period and top-seeded Quinnipiac overcame a two-deficit to beat Canisius 4-3 on Saturday night in the NCAA East Regional semifinals.

The Bobcats, upset in the ECAC semifinals by Brown but still the No. 1 overall seed in the field of 16, will face defending national champion Boston College or Union on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four.

Down 3-1, Quinnipiac (28-7-5) cut it to one on Peca’s goal at 8:02 of the third period. Samuels-Thomas tied it on a power play with 9:18 to go at 10:42, and Bui beat goalie Tony Capobianco off a rebound with 5:32 left.

Connor Jones had a goal and an assist for the Bobcats.

Stephen Farrell and Duncan McKellar scored 44 seconds apart in the second period for Canisius, and Kyle Gibbons beat Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell at 3:43 of the third. Hartzell stopped McKellar’s shot at the final buzzer.

The Golden Griffins, the Atlantic Hockey champs in their first NCAA tournament, finished the season 19-19-5. They had won eight straight.

NORTHEAST REGIONAL

UMass-Lowell 2, New Hampshire 0

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots and UMass-Lowell advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time with a victory over New Hampshire.

Scott Wilson scored with 30 seconds left in the second period, and Adam Chapie added a goal with 6:02 left in the third, providing more than enough offense for UMass-Lowell (28-10-2) and its freshman star in net.

Hellebuyck has allowed only four goals in six postseason games for the Hockey East champion River Hawks, who lost all three regular-season meetings against New Hampshire (20-12-7). Hellebuyck played just one period of that series, coming off the bench of a 5-2 loss on Nov. 30.

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