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Union's Daniel Ciampini, left, reacts to his goal on Boston College's Thatcher Demko, center, with Isaac MacLeod, right, beside Demko during the second period of an NCAA men's college hockey Frozen Four tournament semfinal, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
NCAA Frozen Four: Union, Minnesota advance to championship

First Published Apr 10 2014 10:15 pm • Last Updated Apr 10 2014 10:45 pm

Philadelphia • Daniel Ciampini and tiny Union College are thriving on college hockey’s biggest stage.

Ciampini broke a third-period tie with the second of his three goals to help Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the NCAA hockey semifinals Thursday night.

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Frozen Four

Championship

Saturday

Union, N.Y. (31-6-4) vs. Minnesota (28-6-6), 5:30 p.m. TV » ESPN

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The Dutchmen (31-6-4) advanced to the final for the first time. They will face the Minnesota-North Dakota winner in the championship game Saturday night.

"When I came in here as a freshman, there were goals set, but our ultimate goal was not to win the national championship that year," said Ciampini, now a junior. "It’s just been growing each year."

Mat Bodie and Mike Vecchione also scored and Colin Stevens made 34 saves for Union, a liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., with only 2,200 students.

Johnny Gaudreau, Steve Santini, Ryan Fitzgerald and Patrick Brown scored for Boston College (28-8-4), trying to make its fifth title game appearance in eight years.

Ciampini broke a 2-2 tie on a power play at 6:31 of the third period, tipping in Shayne Gostisbehere’s one-timer from the point.

Minnesota 2, North Dakota 1 • Justin Holl scored a short-handed goal with 0.6 seconds left to give Minnesota a victory over North Dakota.

Minnesota (28-6-6) will face Union College in the title game Saturday night. Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the first semifinal at Wells Fargo Center.

Holl scored his first goal of the season, beating Zane Gothberg to the glove side with a shot just inside the post.


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Sam Warning opened the scoring for Minnesota with 9:09 left, and Connor Gaarder tied it for North Dakota 32 seconds later.

Adam Wilcox made 36 saves for Minnesota.



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