Dan Colleran | March 27, 2017
Sophomore Andrew Oglevie will be hard-pressed to ever score a more important goal. The forward's blast from just outside the crease at 2:44 of the first overtime gave fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked Notre Dame a 3-2 victory over second-seeded and fourth-ranked UMass Lowell in the Northeast Regional Final on Sunday afternoon at the SNHU Center (4,635).
The Fighting Irish (23-11-5) advance to the 2017 Frozen Four, which will begin on Thursday, April 6, at the United Center in Chicago. Notre Dame will face the winner of Sunday's Midwest Regional Final between Denver and Penn State.
The Irish have now reached the Frozen Four three times in school history (2008, 2011 and 2017).
Freshman forward Cam Morrison scored a pair of goals and junior forward Anders Bjork assisted on all three Notre Dame goals. Junior goalie Cam Petersen registered 27 saves.
Just two minutes into the first period, Petersen made back-to-back saves, including the second one on Michael Kapla from the low slot, to stem off an early push by the River Hawks.
Nine minutes into the opening frame, Mike O'Leary created a turnover and Dawson Cook ended up with a point blank chance but UMass Lowell goaltender Tyler Wall made the save.
Bjork helped create a turnover at the defensive blue line and then fed the puck to a streaking Morrison, who knocked in his own rebound on a breakaway chance to give the Irish a 1-0 lead at 11:49 of the first period.
UMass Lowell was able to tie it up, 1-1, when Ryan Collins scored his first of the season -- with just 1:02 to play in the first. Ryan Lohin and Tyler Mueller had the assists.