Union (N.Y.) heads to first national championship game, beats BC 5-4
PHILADELPHIA -- Daniel Ciampini broke a third-period tie with the second of his three goals to help Union (N.Y.) beat Boston College 5-4 in the NCAA semifinals Thursday night.
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.
Johnny Gaudreau, Steve Santini, Ryan Fitzgerald and Patrick Brown scored for Boston College (28-8-4).
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.
Only 18 seconds later, Union's Matt Hatch was given a major penalty and game misconduct for checking Scott Savage from behind into the boards, giving Boston College a 5-minute power play.
The Eagles failed to score, and Vecchione gave Union a two-goal advantage with 8:07 left off a rebound after goalie Thatcher Demko stopped Kevin Sullivan on a breakaway attempt.
With Demko off for an extra attacker, Fitzgerald cut it 4-3 with 1:45 to go. Ciampini restored the two-goal margin with an empty-net goal with 1:09 left, and Brown completed the scoring on a power play with 4.2 seconds to go.
Union improved to 21-1-1 when it scores at least four goals.
Gaudreau put the Eagles on the board less than 4 minutes into the first period, scoring on a rebound in the crease off Kevin Hayes' initial shot for his NCAA-leading 36th goal.
Union tied it on Bodie's slap shot from the top of the right circle 2:39 into the second. Eight minutes later, Ciampini put back a quick rebound off a faceoff win to give Union a 2-1 lead.
Santini countered for Boston College with 4:07 left in the second.