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Minnesota-Duluth tops Notre Dame to reach NCAA hockey final

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Jack Connolly notched the game-winning goal on a power play early in the second period as Minnesota-Duluth nipped Notre Dame, 4-3, in an NCAA men's ice hockey semifinal from Xcel Energy Center.

J.T. Brown, Mike Connolly and Kyle Schmidt also tallied for the Bulldogs (25-10-6), who dispatched Union and top overall seed Yale prior to Thursday's semifinal triumph.

Kenny Reiter stopped 31-of-34 shots for Minnesota-Duluth, which will square off against either Michigan or North Dakota in the national final on Saturday.

T.J. Tynan, Jeff Costello and Calle Ridderwall scored for the Fighting Irish (25-14-5), who topped Merrimack and New Hampshire to reach their second Frozen Four in four seasons.

Mike Johnson stopped just 17-of-21 shots in defeat.

Connolly one-timed a pass from Cody Danberg to give Minnesota-Duluth a 4-2 advantage at 5:51 of the second period.

Ridderwall brought Notre Dame within a goal early in the third but the Irish got no closer.

Costello put Notre Dame on the board just 49 seconds into the contest, but Brown countered for UMD while a man up at 3:04. Tynan struck at 9:46 and the Irish were back on top by a goal but Schmidt scored just over a minute later and Mike Connolly posted a man-advantage score at 13:31 and the Bulldogs went to intermission up 3-2.

04/07 19:56:51 ET