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Union, U-Mass-Lowell advance

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Troy Grosenick made 20 saves and Union won its first Division I hockey tournament game, beating Michigan State 3-1 in the first round of the East Regional on Friday.

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The top-seeded Dutchmen (25-7-7) scored in each of the first two periods for a 2-0 lead, and Grosenick took care of the rest.

Union advances to play the winner of No. 2 Miami (Ohio) University and No. 3 UMass-Lowell on Saturday.

"Our team has been awesome in front of the net all year," Grosenick said. "All the credit goes to the guys out in front of me. Seeing only 20-something shots made my job easier."

Max Novak scored at 15:09 of the first period to give Union a 1-0 lead. Novak skated in on Will Yanakeff on the rush off the left wing and beat him high on the block side.

Michigan State (19-16-4) had a chance to tie it at 18:42 of the first, but referee Derek Shepherd waved off the goal after a scrum into front of the Union net resulted in the puck going in. After watching the replay, the call stood because the net was dislodged.

Jeremy Welsh added an even-strength goal at 3:20 of the second. Mat Bodie assisted on the play.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Curtis McKenzie scored 2:13 into overtime to lift UMass-Lowell to a 4-3 win over Miami of Ohio on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- In the Midwest Regional, Ferris State defeated Denver 2-1.

Ferris State's Jordie Johnson broke a scoreless tie in the second period and Simon Denis scored the eventual winning goal 2:54 into the third period to power the Bulldogs.

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