ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Ben Winnett's first-period goal gave defensive-minded Michigan an early edge and Shawn Hunwick made 40 saves for his fourth shutout this season, leading Michigan to a 2-0 victory over North Dakota on Thursday night in the NCAA semifinals.
Scooter Vaughan added an empty-netter with 35.8 seconds left to lift the Wolverines (29-10-4) to the national championship game. They will meet Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night. The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 4-3 in the other semifinal at Xcel Energy Center, the home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.
The game was extra-physical, particularly in the first period while the Wolverines used their rugged, disciplined defense to set a sharp tone that persisted throughout the night.
Earlier, J.T. Brown had a goal and an assist to lead Minnesota Duluth to a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Frozen Four on Thursday, propelling the Bulldogs to their second national title game in school history.
Mike Connolly, Jack Connolly and Kyle Schmidt also scored for the Bulldogs (25-10-6), who survived being outshot 15-2 in the third period to get past Notre Dame (25-14-5). Ken Reiter overcame a shaky start to make 31 saves.
UMD will face Michigan in the championship game Saturday night.
Jeff Costello, T.J. Tynan and Calle Ridderwall scored for the Fighting Irish, who scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to pull within one. But the Irish couldn't come up with the tying goal in a furious final 2 minutes and went 0 for 5 on the power play.
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