Sophomore forward Max Novak scored two goals to lead Union to a 3-1 victory over Brown Saturday night in the ECAC championship game at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Union (21-12-5) became the first squad to win back-to-back ECAC titles since St. Lawrence in 2000-01. The Dutchmen receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, their third straight appearance.
Brown, which made it to the league championship game for the first time since 1993, finished the season 16-14-6.
Daniel Carr gave the Dutchmen a 1-0 lead at 10:18 of the first period. Sebastian Gingras’s shot from the point was stopped by Brown goalie Anthony Borelli (19 saves), but Carr found the net for his 16th of the season.
The Dutchmen made it 2-0 with 13.2 seconds remaining in the first period. Novak notched his eighth of the season after passes from Matt Hatch and Kevin Sullivan.
The Dutchmen came out flying in the second and made it 3-0 on Novak’s second. Assists went to Greg Coburn and Sullivan.
Brown scored on a power play when Dennis Robertson’s shot from the right point went through a crowd at 7:57 of the period.
Atlantic Hockey final — Kyle Gibbons and Ralph Cuddemi each scored twice as Canisius beat Mercyhurst, 7-2, to earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Tony Capobianco made 34 saves for the seventh-seeded Golden Griffins (19-18-5).
CCHA semifinals — T.J. Tynan snapped a 1-1 tie early in the third period and Jeff Costello scored an empty-netter at 18:55 to lead Notre Dame to a 3-1 victory over Ohio State (16-17-7) in Detroit.
The Irish (24-12-3) will face Michigan in Sunday’s final after the Wolverines (18-18-3) rolled to a 6-2 victory over Miami (24-11-5).