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NCAA Tournament Hockey -- Day 4 (Future Sabres advance -- w/video)

Minnesota def. Western Michigan, 3-0

The Golden Gophers earned their first trip to the Frozen Four in eight years with this triumph in the Worcester (Mass.) Regional. Minnesota improved to 26-12.

The big news in this one was the performance of Aaron Huglen. The freshman, a fourth round selection in the 2019 NHL draft, matched a career high with one goal and one assist. Huglen saw significant time on the Gophers' power play, and it was with that unit when he snapped home Minnesota's second goal.

Ryan Johnson played a big part in Minnesota's shutout. The junior defenseman finished plus-one, and had three shots on net.

Minnesota next -- Minnesota State, Thursday, April 9, in Boston (National Semifinal)

Game Highlights --

Michigan def. Quinnipiac, 7-4

The Wolverines scored a lot early and late, while having to hang on in the middle to capture the Allentown (PA) Regional. Michigan led 4-0 after two periods before Quinnpiac scored three straight times. The Wolverines (31-9-1) salted it away with two empty net goals, and a power play marker.

Owen Power and Erik Portillo were stellar.

Power established a career high with four assists. The sophomore finished plus-four in 5-on-5 play. And Power was prominent on the Wolverines PP and PK units.

Portillo finished 30 saves, but that only tells part of the story. The sophomore stopped all 14 shots he faced in a first period which Quinnipiac dominated despite going to intermission down, 2-0. And Portillo was particularly important after the Bobcats cut the deficit to 4-3, making rapid fire back-to-back-to-back saves just before Michigan scored its fifth goal.

Michigan next -- Denver, Thursday, April 9, in Boston (National Semifinal)

Game highlights --

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