The Eastern Regional second rounds of the NCAA Frozen Four wrapped up on Sunday.
No.1 seeded Quinnipiac edged out Union College in a 5-1 game. Quinnipiac had some issues in their game on Saturday, but have seemed to fixed that after routing Union.
Matthew Peca shinned for Quinnipiac after logging a hat trick after the 13th minute of the first period. He also logged an assist later in the game, but his swiftness with the puck helped to lift his team over Union.
I was hoping to see more good things from Flyer prospect Shayne Gotisbehere who plays for Union, but despite having a goal in their previous game, he was pretty inactive in this game.
Well, not inactive, but just not doing the right things. He made a really bad play with a contact to the head major penalty which also gave him a 10 minute game misconduct. That is not smart hockey, even if your team is losing.
St. Cloud St. took on Miami (Ohio) in a similar fashion. St. Cloud came out the victor in a 4-1 decision.
Joey Benik again helped lead St. Cloud to a win with two goals, alongside teammate Cory Thorson who scored the other two goals of the game, and had an assist on one of Benik’s goals. They were also more aggressive on the puck than Miami, as we clearly saw through the amount of faceoff wins this team got throughout the game.
St. Cloud St and Quinnipiac both advance and will face each other in the Eastern Finals at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, on April 11.
Whichever team comes out the victor will take on whomever wins the match-up between Yale and U. Mass-Lowell for the Frozen Four championship title.
Deanna Vasso is a staff writer for Broad Street Buzz, you can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso