Union players celebrate their first goal against  Vermont during the first period in Bridgeport, Conn. Union skated to a 4-2 win.	AP PHOTOSun staff photos
Union players celebrate their first goal against Vermont during the first period in Bridgeport, Conn. Union skated to a 4-2 win. AP PHOTO

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to lead top-seeded Union over Vermont, 5-2, on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.

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Mat Bodie also scored, Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchmen (29-6-4). Union came into the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season.

Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

"Our kids played their hearts out, but just took too many penalties," said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who coached Union from 1999-2003.

Union is 13-0-1 in its last 14 games. The Dutchmen will face Providence on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.

PROVIDENCE 4 QUINNIPIAC 0

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Jon Gillies made 37 saves to help Providence beat Quinnipiac.

Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke, and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first, and scored three second-period goals.

Quinnipiac finished the season 24-10-6.

"It's unbelievable when you have a goalie like Jon behind you," Jankowski said. "If we bend a little too much, we have Jon back there to help us out."

MIDWEST REGIONAL

FERRIS STATE 1, COLGATE 0

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Gerald Mayhew scored a power-play goal midway through the first period, and C.J. Motte made it stand up by turning away 35 shots in Ferris State's win.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final Saturday against North Dakota. Colgate finished 20-14-5.

NORTH DAKOTA 5, WISCONSIN 2

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mark MacMillan deflected a shot into the goal with 1:44 to go, rallying North Dakota past top-seeded Wisconsin.

No. 3 North Dakota (24-13-3) will face Ferris State.

The seven-time national champions got an at-large berth when Wisconsin (24-11-2) beat Ohio State for the Big Ten title, eliminating the Buckeyes. North Dakota then knocked out its long-time rival.

MacMillan deflected Brendan O'Donnell shot from the right wing into the net -- the goal was upheld on review -- to break a 2-all tie. Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute.