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Union finds their way into title game with win over BC in semifinals

Union Dutchmen advance to championship Saturday with win over BC
Union Dutchmen advance to championship Saturday with win over BC
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Johnny Gaudreau would start the scoring in the first semifinal at the Frozen Four when he scored an even strength goal 2:08 into the contest. Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold would assist Gaudreau on his effort. There was one penalty in the first few minutes, as BC’s Steve Santini would be cited for cross-checking. Union’s first penalty of the game was a check from behind against Union as Michael Pontarelli would be called for cross checking at 8:45. Penalties kept on coming as BC’s Ian McCoshen was called for interference at 9:55. There were no additional penalties or goals in the first period, and shots finished 11-9 to Union through twenty.

At 2:39 of the second period, Union’s Mat Bodie lit the lamp on an even strength marker that came with an assist credited to Sebastien Gingras. Union would go up 2-1 at 10:45 of the second when Daniel Ciampini would tally the third even strength goal (combined) on the game. Ciampini had assists from Shayne Gostisbehere and Daniel Carr on his effort.

Steve Santini continued the scoring for BC at 15:53 in the second period when he scored to tie the game at two apiece. Chris Calnan and Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Gilmour would assist Santini on the Eagle effort.
Shots were 17-15 in the second period to Union, who led 28-24 in that department through forty minutes.

Union would score the opening goal of the third period at 6:31, as Daniel Ciampini struck again, getting a tip-in of a Shayne Gostisbehere shot attempt for his second goal of the game. Mike Vecchione got a second assist on the power play goal stemming from an interference call against BC at 4:56. Later in the period, Union’s Matt Hatch was assessed a five minute major for checking from behind that also ejected him from the game.

Union went up 4-2 at 11:54 of the third when Mike Vecchione put in an even strength goal moments after killing off the Hatch major penalty. Vecchione was assisted by Kevin Sullivan on the marker that’d likely send the Dutchmen to Saturday’s final.

The Eagles added a goal at 18:15 when Ryan Fitzgerald scored on even strength to make it 4-3. Michael Matheson and Johnny Gaudreau were credited with assists. Daniel Ciampini would get a hat trick on an empty net goal at 18:51 (with an assist from Mat Bodie) to seal the deal officially and take a 5-4 win. Patrick Brown scored a power play goal at 19:55 with assists from Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes after a slashing penalty against Union's Daniel Ciampini for slashing.

Shots on goal in the game finished 41-38 to Union with the Dutchmen only going 1-3 on power plays. Boston College was 1-3 as well.

Minnesota and North Dakota face off at 8:30pm ET to determine the other entrant in the Frozen Four championship game.

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