PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew Miller scored 6:59 into overtime to lift Yale to a 3-2 victory over UMass Lowell in the NCAA men’s hockey semifinals Thursday night.
The senior captain raced around a pair of River Hawks defenders then slipped a backhand shot between the legs of UMass Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Bulldogs (21-12-3) will play either Quinnipiac or St. Cloud State in the final Saturday.
Mitch Witek and Antoine Laganiere gave Yale an early two-goal lead and the Bulldogs controlled play for long stretches but couldn’t finish off the top-seeded River Hawks in regulation.
Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pendenza scored 14 seconds apart in the second period for Lowell (28-11-2) and Hellebuyck nearly made it stand up. He stopped 44 shots but had no answer when Miller zipped to the net.
Jeff Malcolm made 16 saves but didn’t even see a shot in overtime as Yale buzzed Hellebuyck before Miller broke through.
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