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Pat Eaton-Robb | The Associated Press | March 29, 2014

Novak leads Union (N.Y.) to Frozen Four

  Union lost in the national semifinals to Ferris State in 2012.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Max Novak had a goal and an assist and top-seeded Union (N.Y.) beat Providence 3-1 on Saturday to win the NCAA East Region championship and advance to the Frozen Four for the second time in three years.

Mat Bodie and Matt Hatch also scored for Union (30-6-4), which is unbeaten in its past 15 games.

The Dutchmen, who lost in the 2012 national semifinals to Ferris State, are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history. They also were playing in their third consecutive regional final.

Nick Saracino scored a third-period goal for Providence (22-11-6).

But the Dutchmen ended the Friars comeback hopes a short time later when Novak went behind the net and found Hatch in front for a one-timer.