After a Bulldog goal seven minutes into the third period, Denver quickly struck back as Blake Hillman scored the go-ahead and Nolan Zajac added one just 25 seconds later. First, it was Rhett Gardner deflecting a Paul LaDue point shot past Racine with 7:57 remaining.
A late hit landed on North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula on Saturday did not result in a penalty. Mike Rotolo had 26 saves for Rochester Institute of Technology (18-15-6). "There have been question marks regarding our goaltending the last three years, but I don't think there are any questions about it this year".
Gerald Mayhew, Corey Mackin and Kyle Shempp scored for Ferris State.
Racine split time in his sophomore and junior seasons, struggling to put together long stretches of reliable play. No. 2 seed St. Cloud State (31-9-1) scored twice in the third period to force overtime. The Fighting Hawks (32-6-4) reached the Frozen Four for the third straight year and 22nd time overall.
He had bad games here and there, but by and large, he was a rock in the net for MI, a piece that had been missing from the team recently.
Michigan, looking for its first Frozen Four appearance since the 2010-11 season, failed to muster any momentum.
As the opening puck dropped and the game began MI fans quickly came to realize that their beloved Wolverines were clearly facing a better team.
Now, UND turns its sights on trying to win an elusive eighth national championship.
Boston College defeated Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 in the Northeast Regional final on Saturday.
The pressure kept coming as the Fighting Hawks wreaked havoc on the MI breakout forcing turnovers and sending a barrage of first period shots at Steve Racine. We battled back. We showed what we can do but it's pretty simple.
Denver leads the tournament with the most goals scored (13). "So obviously we have our minds on that first game down in Tampa, and we're going to be focused on that in the next couple of weeks".
As good as Quinnipiac has been all season and throughout the NCAA Tournament, BC will do what they always do at the Frozen Four and that is tighten up defensively and make you pay for your mistakes.