Unranked Bemidji State defeated No. 11 Cornell 4-1 to win the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional title Sunday night in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Bemidji State (20-15-1) eliminated No. 2-rated Notre Dame 5-1 in Saturday’s semifinals.
The Beavers of College Hockey American become the lowest seed to ever advance to the Frozen Four and is the first Division I semifinal appearance in school history. Bemidji State will meet Miami of Ohio (22-12-5) in the semifinals April 9 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Miami beat Minnesota Duluth 2-1 in Saturday’s West Regional final in Minneapolis.
No. 1 Boston University (33-6-4) plays No. 9 Vermont (22-11-5) in the other Frozen Four semifinal.
Bemidji State trailed 1-0 in the first period before scoring the final four goals, two from senior forward Tyler Scofield, one from linemate Matt Francis (both players from British Columbia), and one from sophomore defenseman Ryan Adams. Sophomore Matt Dalton was in goal for the Beavers.
Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore, in his eighth season and a former player at the school, is from Coleraine and assistant coach Bert Gilling is a former UMD captain.
Cornell finished 22-10-4.
Bemidji State gained an automatic NCAA tournament berth by winning the College Hockey America playoff title, but was not in the PairWise Rankings so, in essence got the No. 16 seed in the 16-team tournament.
"We get to represent the state of Minnesota and we’re proud of that. You don’t know if something like this is ever going to happen again," Serratore told ESPNU after the game.
During the regular season Minnesota Duluth beat Bemidji State 3-2 and 4-2 in January at the DECC.
Boston University moved on to the Frozen Four with a 2-1 victory over New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional final Sunday afternoon in Manchester, N.H. The Terriers needed a power-play goal with less than a minute to play to secure its first Frozen Four berth since 1997.
BU (33-6-4) is the only No. 1 regional seed to advance, and the Terriers will meet fellow Hockey East member Vermont (22-11-5) in the semifinals April 9 in Washington, D.C.