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April 11, 2014

Union advances to Frozen Four championship

PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Ciampini and tiny Union College are thriving on college hockey’s biggest stage.

Ciampini broke a third-period tie with the second of his three goals to help Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the NCAA hockey semifinals Thursday night.

The Dutchmen (31-6-4) advanced to the final for the first time. They will face the Minnesota-North Dakota winner in the championship game Saturday night.

“When I came in here as a freshman, there were goals set, but our ultimate goal was not to win the national championship that year,” said Ciampini, now a junior. “It’s just been growing each year.”

Mat Bodie and Mike Vecchione also scored and Colin Stevens made 34 saves for Union, a liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., with only 2,200 students.

Johnny Gaudreau, Steve Santini, Ryan Fitzgerald and Patrick Brown scored for Boston College (28-8-4), trying to make its fifth title game appearance in eight years.

Ciampini broke a 2-2 tie on a power play at 6:31 of the third period, tipping in Shayne Gostisbehere’s one-timer from the point.

“I got very, very lucky,” Ciampini said. “Shayne blasted my stick away there — it broke on the tip. It’s good that I can produce.”

Only 18 seconds later, Union’s Matt Hatch was given a major penalty and game misconduct for checking Scott Savage from behind into the boards, giving Boston College a 5-minute power play.

“We were pretty sure if we kill that, we get the momentum,” Gostisbehere said.

Sure enough, he was right.

The Eagles failed to score and, only seconds after the power play ended, Vecchione gave Union a two-goal advantage off a rebound after goalie Thatcher Demko stopped Kevin Sullivan on a breakaway attempt.

“They’re a great shot-blocking team,” Brown said. “I was in front and I couldn’t even see the puck because they had two or three guys in the lane every time.”

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