Boston College, Notre Dame to meet in final
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Calle Ridderwall scored the game-winner 5:44 into overtime, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish advanced to the first championship game in the program's 40-year history with a 5-4 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the Frozen Four.
In the extra session, Ridderwall collected a rebound in the slot, transfered the puck from the backhand to the forehand and snapped a shot that beat Bryan Hogan on the stick side.
Ridderwall finished with two goals, while Ryan Thang registered a goal and an assist for the Fighting Irish, who will battle Boston College in Saturday's title game. The Eagles defeated North Dakota 6-1 earlier on Thursday. Notre Dame is the only number four seed to reach the championship game.
Jordan Pearce made 29 saves to earn the victory.
Chad Kolarik scored twice for the Wolverines, who entered the tournament as the top seed. Carl Hagelin and Matt Rust each posted a goal and an assist, while Aaron Palushaj finished with three assists.
Billy Sauer allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period before he was lifted at the start of the second in favor of Hogan, who made 18 saves the rest of the way.
Kolarik notched a power-play at the 2:16 mark of the third, tying the score at three. Kevin Deeth restored the lead for Notre Dame at 11:30, but Hagelin drew the Wolverines even with 5:21 to play in regulation. From below the goal line, Hagelin threw a backhander that worked its way between the left skate of Pearce and the near post.
Ridderwall and Mark Van Guilder scored goals 42 seconds apart in the first period. Ridderwall found the back of the net at the five-minute mark when he snapped a shot from the high slot that beat Sauer on the blocker side. Shortly after the opening tally, Van Guilder fired a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that squeezed between the left arm and body of Sauer.
Thang's short-handed marker gave the Fighting Irish a 3-0 lead with 35 seconds to play before the first intermission.
The Wolervines responded with two goals in a 15 second span in the middle stanza. After Kolarik put Michigan on the board at 8:48, Rust ripped a shot from the high slot over the glove of Pearce to cut the deficit to 3-2.
04/11 01:05:46 ET