TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Quillan had a two-target game for the second time in the course of the NCAA Tournament, Yaniv Perets posted 29 saves and Quinnipiac beat Michigan five-two on Thursday evening in the Frozen 4.
Quinnipiac (33-four-three), which set a plan record for wins, advances to its third national title game in plan history against Minnesota on Saturday. The Bobcats seek their 1st title right after losing in 2013 and ’16.
Each of Quillan’s targets came in the 1st period. He opened the scoring with 14:41 left on a bank shot from behind the net that went off goaltender Erik Portillo. Quillan added a different on a breakaway at eight:39 for his 18th target of the season — and fourth of the tournament. Quinnipiac practically scored once again moments later on a two-man breakaway, but Portillo stretched to deny it with his left pad.
Quinnipiac scored on a different bank shot early in the third period for a three-two lead when freshman Sam Lipkin sent a rebound off the skate of Portillo.
Zach Metsa, the Quinnipiac captain, scored on a long-range shot with seven minutes left in the third for a two-goal lead and Ethan de Jong iced it at 1:45 with an empty-netter.
Michigan (26-12-three) was looking for its 10th NCAA championship.
Michigan star Adam Fantilli scored his 30th goal of the season to tie Jason Polin of Western Michigan for the NCAA lead. Fantilli one particular-timed a no-appear pass from Luke Hughes to tie it at two-all midway by way of the second period.
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