Matt Cashore / IrishIllustrated.com

Irish rally, head to regional final

Anders Bjork scored two goals and Cal Petersen made 31 saves as the Notre Dame hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to knock off No. 1 seed Minnesota on Saturday in the NCAA tournament. UMass-Lowell awaits in the Northeast Regional final Sunday for spot in the Frozen Four.

Down a couple goals, the Notre Dame hockey team mounted a furious rally to win its first NCAA tournament game in six years.

Anders Bjork scored two goals Saturday as the Irish ousted No. 1 seed Minnesota from the postseason with a 3-2 win in a Northeast Regional semifinal after trailing by two goals. Notre Dame will face UMass-Lowell at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday in the regional final.

Goalie Cal Petersen had 31 saves and one assist. Andrew Oglevie added a goal.

Connor Reilly staked Minnesota (23-12-3) to a lead. Reilly slipped a loose puck past Petersen just over two minutes into the game. Minnesota had a 14-9 advantage in shots during the opening 20 minutes and took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Just out of the dressing room, Minnesota grew its lead. Vinni Lettieri scored a power-play goal just 30 seconds into the second period to give the Golden Gophers a commanding 2-0 lead.

But the Irish had a rally in mind.

Petersen started it with a long stretch pass that found Oglevie in stride. Oglevie carried the puck and snapped a wrist shot past Minnesota goalie Eric Schierhorn for his 20th goal of the season, which briefly lead the team.

Bjork brought Notre Dame (22-11-5) the rest of the way. He scored less than a minute after Oglevie to draw the Irish level then added a power-play goal at 8:42 of the third period to vault them into a 3-2 lead.

Notre Dame then held off Minnesota for the final 11 minutes and change to a clinch a spot in the Northeast Regional final against UMass-Lowell, which advanced with a 5-0 win over Cornell.

Drawing Lowell for a spot in the Frozen Four means a chance for revenge. Lowell eliminated the Irish in the Hockey East semifinals last week with a 5-1 win.

In beating Minnesota, Notre Dame snapped a four-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament dating back to 2011 — when it last advanced to the Frozen Four by winning the Northeast Regional before being ousted by Minnesota-Duluth in the national semifinal.


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