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Yale, Quinnipiac reach NCAA men's ice hockey final

Andrew Miller's overtime goal sends Bulldogs to national championship against the top-seeded Bobcats.

April 11, 2013|Wire reports
  • Andrew Miller's overtime goal pushed Yale to the NCAA men's ice hockey final where the Bulldogs will face the top-seeded team in the tournament, Quinnipiac, who just happens to be the school's rival.
Andrew Miller's overtime goal pushed Yale to the NCAA men's… (Gene J. Puskar/ Associated…)

Andrew Miller scored 6 minutes 59 seconds into overtime to lift Yale to a 3-2 victory over Massachusetts Lowell in the NCAA men's hockey semifinals at Pittsburgh.

The senior captain raced around a pair of River Hawks defenders, then slipped a backhand shot between the legs of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Bulldogs (21-12-3) will play rival Quinnipiac in the final Saturday.

Yale's Jeff Malcolm made 16 saves but didn't even see a shot in overtime as the Bulldogs buzzed Hellebuyck before Miller broke through.

In the other semifinal, Quinnipiac jumped to an early lead and cruised past St. Cloud State, 4-1.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas had a goal and an assist for the top-seeded Bobcats, and Ben Arnt, Kellen Jones and Jeremy Langlois also scored for Quinnipiac (30-7-5).

Ryan Faragher made 24 saves for the Huskies but was overwhelmed in the first period as Quinnipiac scored three times in the first 12 minutes to grab control.

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Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis beat second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany, 6-3, 6-3, in the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships at Houston.

Berankis, ranked 77th in the world, will face fifth-seeded John Isner, a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) winner over fellow American Jack Sock.

Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain overcame a slow start to beat Gael Monfils of France, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Fourth-seeded Sam Querrey, the top American in the world at No. 20, withdrew because of a strained chest muscle.

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Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa advanced to the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II, beating Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta, 6-3, 6-3, at Casablanca, Morocco.

Anderson will play eighth-seeded Grega Zemlja of Slovenia.

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