PHILADELPHIA -- The Union College men's hockey team advanced to its first ever NCAA National Championship game holding on to a 5-4 win over Boston College on Thursday evening.
The Dutchmen will play Minnesota on Saturday.
After giving up a goal late in the third period, Daniel Ciampini scored his third empty-netter to give Union College a 5-3 lead. Boston College would add a fourth goal with just two seconds remaining in the game.
The turning point came after the Dutchmen killed off a five-minute power play, and Union freshman Mike Vecchione immediately scored after a turnover, pushing the Dutchmen ahead with a 4-2 lead with eight minutes left in the game.
Ciampini scored his second goal on the power play to give the Dutchmen a 3-2 lead with just over 13 minutes to go in the third period.
Ciampini's first goal came on a rebound from a shot from Shayne Gostisbehere that gave the Dutchmen a 2-1 lead over the Eagles with just under 10 minutes to go in the second, but that didn't last long. Boston College freshman Steve Santini tied it up with just over four minutes to go .
Union's Mat Bodie had tied up the game early in the second period to pull the Dutchmen even with Boston College at 1-1.
Boston College's John Gaudreau struck for the first time just two minutes into the period to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Union College laid back answering questions after game
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