North Dakota ended up with a familiar result even with a new look for Saturday’s NCAA Tournament West Regional semifinal in St. Paul.
Michael Parks, Corban Knight, and Brock Nelson scored for North Dakota to pace a 3-1 win over Western Michigan to advance to Sunday’s final against Minnesota.
Aaron Dell made 25 saves for North Dakota, which wore new jerseys for the first time with the school’s name on the front because of an NCAA ban deeming the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname to be “hostile and abusive.’’
The ban is in place for NCAA Tournament play, but it’s an issue the school and some supporters are still trying to fight with a state law, which goes to a referendum vote in June.
Ferris State 2, Cornell 1 - Jordie Johnston broke a tie with a goal early in the third period and the Bulldogs held on to beat the Big Red in the Midwest Regional final in Green Bay, Wis., to advance to the Frozen Four.
Garrett Thompson gave Ferris State a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 11 seconds into the third period and Dustin Mowrey tied it for Cornell 1:21 later.
Johnston scored at 6:54 on assists from Andy Huff and Cory Kane.