Maine tops UMass to advance to Frozen Four

Updated: March 25, 2007, 12:06 AM ET
Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Brett Tyler and Mike Hamilton scored second-period goals to help Maine advance to the Frozen Four with a 3-1 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday night in the NCAA East Regional championship game.

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Matt Duffy also scored, Billy Ryan and Josh Soares added two assists each and 6-foot-7 Ben Bishop made 35 saves for the Black Bears (23-14-2).

Maine advanced to its second consecutive Frozen Four, sixth since 1999 and 11th overall. The Black Bears also made up for losing four straight games to UMass earlier this month, including a two-game sweep in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

P.J. Fenton scored for UMass (21-13-5), making its first tournament appearance.

Maine will open play in the Frozen Four on April 5 in St. Louis. The Black Bears will face the winner of the Midwest final between Michigan State and Notre Dame.

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