UND, Union, Friars, Ferris survive and advance

CINCINNATI – Mark MacMillan was standing his ground in front of the goal when the puck caromed off his side and into the net. His deflection set up an NCAA tournament upset.

MacMillan's goal broke a tie with 1:44 to go, and North Dakota added a pair of open-net goals in the final minute Friday night, pulling away to a 5-2 victory over top-seeded Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional semifinals.

No. 3 North Dakota (24-13-3) will face second-seeded Ferris State for the regional title Saturday and a trip to the Frozen Four. Ferris State beat Colgate 1-0 in the other semifinal.

The seven-time national champions got an at-large berth when Wisconsin (24-11-2) beat Ohio State for the Big Ten title, eliminating the Buckeyes. North Dakota then knocked out its longtime rival with three late goals, the most important one coming quite by chance.

Brendan O'Donnell shot from the right wing, and the rising puck hit MacMillan and went past goaltender Joel Rumpel for a 3-2 lead.

"I was just trying to go to the net," MacMillan said. "It just went off my side and bounced into the net. Bit of a lucky one, but we'll take it."

The goal was reviewed to see whether the puck deflected off MacMillan's raised stick or whether he had interfered with Rumpel.

"The ref did come over and say the North Dakota player did not bump your goaltender," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "It hit him and it went in."

Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute, giving him three goals in the game and ending the latest installment of a long-standing hockey rivalry.

It was the 164th game between the schools. They've met three times in the NCAA tournament, and North Dakota has won all three – 5-2 in the 1982 title game and 3-2 in overtime in a 2008 regional final.

Union 5, Vermont 2

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to help top-seeded Union beat Vermont 5-2 on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.

Mat Bodie also scored for Union, which came into the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season. Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchman (29-6-4).

Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

Union is 13-0-1 in its past 14 games.

The Catamounts took eight penalties, and Union converted three times on special teams.

The Dutchmen got on the board 4:15 into the game with a short-handed goal. Hatch went almost end-to-end unimpeded, skating down the right half-wall before cutting into the slot and beating goalie Brody Hoffman to the glove side.

"That really got the bench going," Bodie said. "Special teams often dictate who wins, and I thought our special teams did it tonight."

Vermont tied in the period when McCarthy went behind the Union net, threw the puck in front and saw it ricochet back to him for an easy shot past Colin Stevens, who made 23 saves. Hoffman had 34 for Vermont.

Union took the lead back just more than a minute later with a power-play goal. Carr's slap shot rebounded to Sullivan, who found Novak to the left of the goalie. Novak backhanded it into the net from his knees.

Carr played give-and-go with Novak on the power play to give the Dutchman a 3-1 lead in the second. Novak's pass back to Carr hit the stick of Vermont's Yvan Pattyn and into the net.

"We were moving the puck well, but more importantly we were winning the battles down low, and that's a huge component to the power play," Novak said.

Bodie made it 4-1 on a 4-on-1 rush after taking a pass from Sullivan in front of the net.

Vermont cut the deficit to two goals on a backhander by McCarthy at 13:19 of the third. But Hatch got his second goal on an empty net to put the game away.

"Our kids played their hearts out, but just took too many penalties," said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who coached Union from 1999 to 2003.

The Dutchmen, who lost to Quinnipiac in last year's regional championship game in Providence, will face the Friars, winners of Friday's second East Regional game, on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.

"We're very honored to be going to that game," coach Rick Bennett said.

Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Jon Gillies made 37 saves, and third-seeded Providence beat second-seeded Quinnipiac 4-0 on Friday night in an NCAA East Region semifinal.

Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first and scored three second-period goals.

That was more than enough with Gillies in net.

"It's unbelievable when you have a goalie like Jon behind you," Jankowski said. "If we bend a little too much, we have Jon back there to help us out."

The Friars will play top-seeded Union on Saturday in the regional championship game. The Dutchmen beat Vermont 5-2 in the first semifinal.

The game will pit Providence coach Nate Leaman against the program he led from 2003 to 2011 and former assistant Rick Bennett, a former Friars star.

"I think once the puck is dropped, I don't think anyone on the ice is going to think about it," Leaman said. "It's one game to see who advances. That's our goal, and there's really nothing that's going to distract me or the team, I think, from that."

Providence is making its first tournament appearance since 2001. It last won an NCAA game during a three-game first-round series with Minnesota in 1991.

Michael Garteig made 22 saves for Quinnipiac, which finished the season 24-10-6, a year after making it to the national championship game.

"It was a different game out there than what we've been used to all year," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. "There was a lot of obstruction and hooking and holding, and we've got to find a way to fight through it a little bit better."

Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

CINCINNATI – C.J. Motte got past his rough weekend with an NCAA tournament shutout.

The Ferris State junior goalie turned away 35 shots Friday, making Gerald Mayhew's power-play goal midway through the first period hold up for a 1-0 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final, where they will meet North Dakota, by pulling off their sixth shutout of the season, their fifth with Motte in goal.

The Bulldogs finished the season by giving up eight goals in two games at the WCHA Final Five championship last weekend. Coach Bob Daniels thought it had more to do with leaky defense in front of Motte than with the goalie himself.

Both were solid Friday, repeatedly turning away a Colgate (20-14-5) team that had more shots on goal but couldn't get one to go in.

"He's always good," defenseman Scott Czarnowczan said of his goalie. "He might have been better today."

Motte made two impressive stops during a power play in the third period. He also made a glove save on Spiro Goulakos' slap shot with 1:37 to go. Colgate's Tyson Spink was called for cross checking with 57.9 seconds left, allowing Ferris State to finish it off on a power play.

"We just didn't get a bounce tonight," Goulakos said.

Colgate freshman goaltender Charlie Finn was solid Friday, stopping 26 shots. Mayhew flipped the puck over his leg from in front of the goal for the only score.

Mayhew, a freshman forward, had a pair of goals at the Final Five championship last weekend, including the game winner during a 5-4 victory over Anchorage Alaska.

"He's played well as of late," Daniels said. "Gerald's got a very quick stick. You could see the chances coming more and more."

Once he scored, it was a matter of holding on.

"They played their game," Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "They did a great job defending the lead when they got it."

 

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Dodgers survive rally to sweep D-Backs in Australia

 

The Dodgers will leave Australia with a two-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers will leave Australia with a two-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. (Getty)

 

The first two games of the 2014 common season are within the books. The Dodgers finished off a two-recreation sweep of the Diamondbacks on the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia on Sunday afternoon (local time), beating their division rival by the score of 7-5. This one by no means really felt as close as the ultimate score signifies. Let's recap, quick hits model.

Hero: The highest of the Dodgers' lineup, particularly Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig. The club's one-two hitters went a mixed 6-for-9 with two doubles, two hit by pitches, three runs scored and three runs driven in. Yeah, Puig ran himself into two outs on the bases, however I'm keen to miss that since he was on base four times within the first place. Take the unhealthy with the great, I say. Gordon and Puig put stress on the Diamondbacks all recreation and set the tone for the remainder of the lineup. Nice sport for the duo.

Goat: The D-Backs' pitching employees as a whole. Seven runs on thirteen hits, eight walks and two hit batsmen while only hanging out seven? Yuck. Trevor Cahill labored by four innings, throwing 89 pitches to get a dozen outs. He walked 4, struck out one, and surrendered five runs on eight hits. The bullpen – supervisor Kirk Gibson used 5 completely different relievers – wasn't significantly better. Special shout-out goes to the Arizona defense, which compounded the pitching issues by committing three errors.

Turning level: There was no apparent turning point in this game; the Dodgers took the lead within the very first inning and continued to tack on runs. So I suppose that's the turning point: Andre Ethier's RBI single to open the scoring. The Dodgers led for 17 of the 18 innings in this two-sport collection.

It was over when: Pinch-hitter Tuffy Gosewisch flew out harmlessly with the bases loaded to finish the eighth inning. The D-Backs scored their first run earlier within the inning, and, in the event that they needed to have any likelihood of making a comeback, he had to come through and hold the rally alive someway. He did not and six-run deficit remained. Arizona tried their darndest in the ninth, but six runs was just too much to beat in the span of three outs.

Subsequent: The two-game opening series in Australia is complete, so the Dodgers and D-Backs will now return to the United States and.. resume spring coaching. Each golf equipment will play a handful of exhibition games next week earlier than restarting the common season the following week, when everyone else will just be getting began. Acquired it? Good.

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Rockets cool off LeBron, survive late Heat comeback

HOUSTON – LeBron James was wiped out – and it confirmed.

Dwight Howard had 22 factors and 16 rebounds, James Harden added 21 factors and the Houston Rockets held James in examine Tuesday night time during a 106-103 victory towards the Miami Warmth.

James had a chance to tie the game with a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it surely was off – identical to most of his second-half photographs.

The four-time MVP completed with 22 factors, one evening after setting a club report with a career-excessive 61 against Charlotte. He acknowledged earlier than Tuesday's sport that he was "extremely tired" and that he spent most of the day sleeping.

James had 19 points by halftime, but appeared to pull at times in the second half and spent the first half of the fourth quarter on the bench. He was 1 for 7 after the break.

"I fought by way of it in the first half. Second half it just wasn't there for me," James stated. "Obtained out of rhythm."

Still, the Warmth minimize their deficit to a few when Michael Beasley hit a 3-pointer with 21.2 seconds left. Harden threw the ball away after that, and Howard by chance hit James in the face after they both went up to attempt to grab an extended move.

James lay on the court holding his damaged nostril for just a few seconds earlier than getting up and slowly strolling to the bench. He has been sporting a protective mask to guard his nostril.

James remained in the game after a timeout, then missed the desperation 3 with Howard in his face.

"I knew I had to put up a heave over top of him," James mentioned. "I felt like I received a very good look – just a little lengthy."

The Rockets used the phrase composed repeatedly after the game to describe their play.

"There's no need for us to get fearful," Howard mentioned of the workforce's mindset after Beasley's three. "Situations like that, the best thing we are able to do is stay composed. If we level our finger or put our heads down, it offers the other crew confidence. That is one thing we've been attempting to work on all yr."

Dwyane Wade had 24 points for the Warmth after sitting out Monday night. Beasley also scored 24, a season excessive.

Miami by no means led, but tied it twice within the fourth quarter. Houston used an 11-2 spurt to take a 104-95 lead with less than three minutes remaining.

"We were able to push again in the fourth quarter and tie the sport up," Wade stated. "But we needed to exhaust a lot energy attempting to come back back."

Houston led by thirteen early within the fourth before two separate runs by the Warmth tied it at ninety one with 7 minutes remaining. The additionally tied it at 93 before Houston used its late run to close it out.

"We did some great things," Rockets coach Kevin McHale mentioned. "We made some plays… I assumed during stretches on this recreation we performed rather well."

The Heat had made consecutive three-pointers to cut the lead to seven early within the fourth quarter when Chris Andersen blocked a shot by Donatas Motiejunas. Andersen stood underneath the basket after the block and taunted Motiejunas, drawing a technical foul.

Miami then used an eight-zero run, which included a three by Beasley, to cut it to 88-87 with 8½ minutes left.

Houston opened the second half with a 9-2 run capped by Chandler Parsons' dunk over James. Shane Battier had a basket for Miami after that, but Houston reeled off six straight points to increase the result in sixty eight-56.

An airball on a three-point attempt by Wade was considered one of three missed pictures by the Heat in that span.

The Rockets were up by 9 quickly after that when Harden launched a protracted alley-oop to Howard, who barely grabbed it in time to sail over Chris Bosh for the dunk.

Howard picked up a foul with about 5 minutes left in the first half when he bumped into James as he was driving to the basket, inflicting him to lose control of the ball, which bounced off James' masks.

A reverse layup by James and a free throw by Wade within the last 20 seconds of the first half minimize Houston's lead to fifty three-fifty two at halftime.

The Rockets jumped out to a 7-0 lead and had been up 39-32 on the end of the first quarter.

Notes

Corridor of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon, and Houston Texans stars Andre Johnson and Arian Foster attended the game, as did Minnesota Vikings operating back Adrian Peterson and former Astros pitcher and 7-time Cy Younger Award winner Roger Clemens… James stated the very best compliments he received following his large game towards Charlotte came from the 2 most important ladies in his life. "My mom and my spouse saying how proud they had been of me and that I by no means cease to amaze them," he stated. "So it is always nice when your loved ones gives you that kind of gratitude and response."

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Johnson, Arizona survive Stanford threat

 
Arizona Survives Against Stanford
 

 

STANFORD, Calif. – For nearly nine minutes, Arizona made protective stop right after stop. For the reason that critical sequence, the top-ranked Wildcats kept Stanford scoreless and assisted preserve their own perfect begin to the season.This assured, unbeaten team believes it should be doing that every game. Regarding Arizona, 3 straight protective stops is called a "kill. "

Nick Manley kept Arizona's unblemished report going for one more game, striking a go-ahead 3-pointer along with 51 mere seconds remaining and two free of charge throws along with 5. eight seconds still left as Arizona survived to get a 60-57 triumph Wednesday evening for its school-record 21st directly win.

"We're an outstanding defensive group. It isn't as if we changed any scheme; we simply buckled lower and had plenty of players playing very hard, and our capability to hold these to what we did is a huge reason we won. Our own defense earned the game tonight, " Arizona coach Sean Miller stated. "No query we have to carry out better on offense and have to be well informed at the collection. "After Manley hit a jumper in the middle of the key along with 2: thirty six remaining to make it 55-53, Dwight Powell answered on a baseline drive along with 1: 21 to go before Johnson delivered once more.

Johnson completed with sixteen points, 5 rebounds plus four helps, and To. J. McConnell added eleven points, 8 rebounds and four helps for Arizona (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12), off to the program's best start in conference play in more than the usual decade.

Arizona is one of three unbeaten teams left in Division We, joining Number 2 Syracuse, which furthermore won Wednesday night. Fourth-ranked Wichita State hasn't lost, either.Powell plus Josh Huestis each obtained 13 factors for Stanford (13-7, 4-4), which outshot Arizona 37 percent in order to 36 percent.

"For 38 mins, I thought we were right there, " Stanford trainer Johnny Dawkins said. "Credit Arizona to make the plays they had for making at the end. Computer chip Johnson upgrading, whether on the foul line or regardless of whether it was the 3-point container late. I have watched lots of tape of these; he's done it all yr. "

Johnson missed a free toss with twenty-eight seconds left, and Stanford called a timeout. Huestis missed a 3 from the left side and Aaron Gordon guaranteed the come back, but he also missed a free throw, giving the particular Cardinal 1 final photo.

Chasson Randle skipped a long 3 just before the last buzzer with regard to Stanford.

After a 3-pointer by Huestis with 10: 03 leftover, Stanford did not score once again until Powell's layin at 1: twenty one – plus Powell missed two free of charge throws from 4: 36 that would have put his team forward.

"That's what we should have done the whole online game. We arrived a little lackadaisical, and after that people turned up when the sense of emergency turned up, and after that we kind of locked down, " Gordon said. "It was great to come on the highway and get a win, whether or not we earned by twenty or all of us won simply by three such as we do. "

Arizona, ranked No . one for a school-record eighth consecutive week, overrode a slower start on the best way to an eighth straight earn against Stanford.

The Cardinal defeat two Best 25 groups already with victories in then-No. 10 Connecticut and at then-No. 17 Oregon earlier this month.

Although not this time, given their challenges in the waning moments in Maples Pavilion, which hosted a Number 1 mens team initially since losing 72-69 in order to Arizona upon March 1, 2003.

The Wildcats had a large contingent associated with fans within the crowd cheering, "U of A! U of the! "

Anthony Brown beat the halftime buzzer with a container to put Stanford ahead 31-30. Arizona had trailed from halftime several times already this year only to produce a big second half.

Arizona is usually on this type of roll that the players expect to win, even if they might not be at their finest in an aggressive environment.

"One from the things we have to do is usually play defense at a high level more consistently, and I think that will assist us out a lot, " forward Brandon Ashley stated. "When we were down, we all weren't thinking of being straight down. For any group to be competitive, at any level, you need to be confident within yourself. inch

Stanford's last home win towards a No . 1 group came towards Arizona, 82-74, on February. 4, 1988.