Providence College snapped a 1-1 tie with three third-period goals to beat Denver 4-1 and capture the East Regional title for a berth in the Frozen Four Sunday at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Providence will play in the national semifinal round against Midwest Regional champ Nebraska Omaha at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the TD Garden in Boston. Nebraska Omaha shut out RIT 4-0 Sunday night.
Boston University joins Providence as the second Hockey East team in the Frozen Four as the Terriers will take on North Dakota.
BU beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 to capture the Northeast Regional title in Manchester, New Hampshire, and North Dakota defeated St. Cloud State 4-1 to claim the West Regional on Saturday night in Fargo, North Dakota.
The semifinal winners will play for the national title at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11.
On Sunday in Providence, Tom Parisi’s power-play goal at the 14:59 mark gave the Friars a 2-1 lead over Denver after the Pioneers had tied it about seven minutes earlier on Joey LaLeggia’s power-play goal.
Brandon Tanev (18:28) and Kevin Rooney (19:07) each added empty-net goals for the Friars, who received 23 saves from Jon Gilles of South Portland.
In Manchester, BU earned the Frozen Four berth when a power-play goal by senior Evan Rodrigues with 2:24 left gave the Terriers the winning edge. Rodrigues moved around a defender and then beat freshman goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo glove side with a wrister for his 60th point of the season.
In Fargo, Colten St. Clair recorded a goal and an assist and Zane McIntyre finished with 19 saves to lead the North Dakota to the victory.