Boston College moves into final
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Nathan Gerbe recorded a hat trick and added an assist, as Boston College reached the championship game by defeating North Dakota, 6-1, in the Frozen Four.
Ben Smith and Dan Bertram each posted a goal and an assist for the Eagles, who will play Notre Dame in Saturday's title bout. The Fighting Irish upended the heavily favored Michigan Wolverines, 5-4, in overtime later on Thursday.
Boston College will be making its third straight appearance in the title game. Last year, the Eagles lost to Michigan State, 3-1. In 2006, Boston College fell to Wisconsin, 2-1.
Brian Gibbons collected two helpers, while John Muse stopped 29-of-30 shots to pick up the win.
Jake Marto scored the lone goal for the Fighting Sioux, who were making their fourth consecutive trip to the Frozen Four. Jean-Philippe Lamoureux allowed six goals on 27 shots in defeat.
This marks the third straight year that North Dakota was ousted by Boston College in the semifinals.
The Eagles exploded for four goals in the first period.
Boston College grabbed a 1-0 lead when Andrew Orpik scored 7:08 into the first. A North Dakota turnover at its offensive blue line led to a 2-on-1 for the Eagles. Kyle Kucharski slipped the puck to Orpik in the slot and he slid the disc underneath the pads of Lamoureux.
Gerbe made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal at the 13:14 mark. Gerbe raced down the left side and snapped a shot from the circle that went between the legs of Lamoureux.
Gerbe lit the lamp again with 4:47 remaining, as his shot squeezed through Lamoureux and trickled across the goal line.
A costly gaffe by the Fighting Sioux behind their own net led to Pat Gannon throwing the puck out to Bertram, who ripped home a shot with 15 seconds left in the opening stanza.
Gerbe completed the hat trick with a power-play goal at the 6:37 mark of the middle stanza and Smith found the back of the net at 11:58 to give the Eagles a commanding 6-0 lead.
Marto broke Muse's shutout bid with 1:16 to play in regulation.
Boston College hasn't won the title since 2001.
04/11 00:56:41 ET