It will be a rematch for a regional title.
No. 1-ranked Miami (Ohio) and No. 11 Michigan will tangle for the fourth time this season at 8 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum for a Frozen Four berth. Miami beat unranked Alabama-Huntsville 2-1 and Michigan beat No. 10 Bemidji State 5-1 on Saturday at the NCAA Midwest Regional before 4,133 fans.
Miami won twice at Michgian in early November, and the Wolverines came back last week to beat the RedHawks 5-2 during the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament semifinals in Detroit. Miami is 28-7-7, and Michigan is 26-17-1.
The RedHawks built a 2-0 lead in the first game Saturday against Alabama-Huntsville and goaltender Cameron Talbot and then held on in the third period, out-shooting the Chargers 38-17. Freshman Curtis McKenzie scored a power-play goal halfway through the first period, and then set up sophomore Cameron Schilling for the second goal early in the second period. The shot bounced high in the air and behind Talbot.
Alabama-Huntsville kept playing hard and cut the margin with :38 seconds remaining but Miami goaltender Cody Reichard finished with 16 saves.
Similar to Miami, Michigan built a 2-0 lead after two periods but then pulled away in the third period. Luke Glendening and Louis Caporusso scored the first two goals and then Carl Hagelin added a pair in the third period and set up Brian Lebler's goal with 2 minutes left to cap the scoring. Ian Lowe scored for Bemidji State.
Wolverines goaltender Shaun Hunwick made 26 saves, as did Beavers goaltender Dan Bakala.
Michigan will be trying to earn its 23rd Frozen Four appearance, while Miami is hoping for its second which would also be it second in a row. Michigan last played in the national finals in 2008. Michigan leads the all-time series with Miami 69-22-3.
The regional title game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.