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Union faces Yale in ECAC Hockey semifinal

Friday's semifinals for the ECAC Hockey tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City are set.

Fourth-seeded Union will face third-seeded Yale at 7:30 p.m., while top-seeded Quinnipiac will take on seventh-seeded Brown at 4 p.m. FOX College Sports Atlantic will televise the semifinals and Saturday's championship game at 7 p.m.

Quinnipiac defeated ninth-seeded Cornell, 3-2, in double overtime Sunday night. Kevin Bui scored the game-winner with 5:52 left in the second OT. The Bobcats sent the game into OT when Clay Harvey scored with 1:04 left in regulation.

Brown eliminated second-seeded RPI with a 3-2 win Sunday.

Union and Yale both swept their series. The Dutchmen knocked off fifth-seeded Dartmouth, while Yale ousted sixth-seeded St. Lawrence.

Union went 1-0-1 against Yale in the regular season. The Dutchmen had a 2-0 lead in the Dec. 8 game at Ingalls Rink, but the Bulldogs rallied for a 2-2 tie.

In the second meeting Feb. 15 at Messa Rink, second-period goals by Max Novak and Matt Hatch gave the Dutchmen a 2-1 lead and chased goalie Nick Maricic from the game. Union went on to a 4-2 victory. Jeff Malcolm, Yale's No. 1 goalie, was unavailable because of an arm injury.

It will be the second postseason meeting between Union and Yale. They faced each other in the first round in 2006. Union was the sixth seed and Yale the 11th seed.

But the Bulldogs swept the series at Messa. They took Game 1, 2-1, in overtime, and then captured a 3-2 victory in five overtimes on a short-handed goal by David Meckler 1:35 into the fifth OT. That became the longest game in NCAA hockey history. It has since been surpassed by the Quinnipiac-Union ECACH quarterfinal March 12, 2010, a 3-2 win for the Bobcats that lasted 150:22.

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