Bridgeport, CT (Northland's NewsCenter) - The UMD Bulldogs upset the top-team in the NCAA tournament, with a 5-3 victory over Yale in the East Regional Final on Saturday. With the win, UMD will be at the Frozen Four, which will be at Xcel Energy Center April 7th - 9th.
After Mike Connolly scored a short-handed goal late in the first period, UMD exploded for four goals in the second period to take a 5-1 lead. Two of the goals occurred on a 5-minute major penalty.
Hobey Baker finalist Jack Connolly, along with Wade Bergman, Mike Seidel, and Justin Fontaine scored the goals in the second period.
Yale answered with 2 power-play goals in the third period.
Goalie Kenny Reiter allowed three goals on 33 shots, for 30 saves. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the regional, stopping 62 of 65 shots over the weekend.
UMD is now (24-10-6) and will face Notre Dame, the Northeast Regional winner in the Frozen Four semifinals on April 7th at 4pm. The game will be televised on ESPN2. UMD is returning to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2004, and fourth appearance overall.
Posted by Joe Dufek