NCAA Hockey Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Denver Pioneers Defeat Western Michigan, Will Face North Dakota

The Denver Pioneers defeated the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday evening in a two overtime 3-2 victory. The Broncos' Derek Roehl scored the first goal of the game in the second period and then extended that lead by another goal in the third period when Trevor Elias put it in the net.

However, the Pioneers scored two goals in the final five minutes of play when Kyle Ostrow and Matt Donovan each put the puck in the net. Jason Zucker assisted on both goals, and he would prove important in ending this game. After the initial overtime period couldn't decide the game, they took the ice again. At 11:14 in the period, Zucker got a shot off, but saw it blocked. He scooped up the rebound and put it in the net for the win.

The Pioneers will face the North Dakota Fighting Sioux on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four. North Dakota defeated the Pioneers last weekend for the WCHA tournament title and sent RPI home on Saturday with a 6-0 victory. The winner of this game will face the Michigan-Colorado College victor.

DU-ND can be seen can be seen on ESPU at 3:30 p.m. MT.

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