Updated: 03/31/2014 4:55 PM KSTP.com By: KSTP Sports
St. Cloud State forward Ryan Papa, right, scores against Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays (1) during the first period of an NCAA West college regional hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Photo: AP /Ann Heisenfelt
Nic Dowd scored with 2:39 left in overtime to give St. Cloud State a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night the NCAA West Regional semifinals.
Dowd, a Hobey Baker Award finalist who leads the Huskies with 22 goals, fired a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Steven Summerhays high.
The Huskies (22-10-5) will play top-seeded Minnesota on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four. The Gophers beat Robert Morris 7-3.
Ryan Papa, Brooks Bertsch and Jonny Brodzinski also scored, and Ryan Faragher made 39 saves for the third-seed Huskies.
Bryan Rust, Kevin Lind and Thomas DiPauli scored for Notre Dame (23-15-2). Summerhays made 24 saves.
The Irish dominated possession and outshot the Huskies 42-28 but they never led. The teams traded goals throughout, with St. Cloud State taking the lead and Notre Dame tying it three times. DiPauli scored the only goal in the third period, tying the game at 3 with 10:25 to play in regulation.
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