4/12 Recap: Fasching scores as Gophers fall; Hurley heats up

Hudson Fasching scored a late goal but it wasn't enough as Minnesota was knocked off by Union 7-4 in the championship game of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Tournament. The powerful winger was at the doorstep at 16:20 of the third period when he showed good hand-eye coordination to bat the puck into the net and cut the deficit to 5-4 before Union would start the party with two late goals. The disappointment of not winning the title is there, but Fasching has nothing to be ashamed of following an impressive freshman season that saw him collect 14 goals and 30 points in 40 games.

In the USHL, Connor Hurley was a difference maker with a pair of goals and two assists as Green Bay evened the Eastern Conference Semifinal at a game apiece with a 6-5 victory over Indiana. The four-point outburst, Hurley's second of his 2013-14 season, earned the game's number one star and gives the Notre Dame commit the hot hand with the series shifting back to Green Bay on Thursday.

Cal Petersen returned to the Waterloo net, stopping 25 of 28 shots as the Black Hawks doubled Sioux Falls 6-3 in Game 2 of the USHL Western Conference Semifinal. The Black Hawks lead the series 2-0 with Game 3 set for Thursday in Sioux Falls.

Judd Peterson was unable to point as Cedar Rapids broke a tie in the final minute of regulation to edge Dubuque 6-5 in Game 2 of their first round tilt. Peterson has produced five shots on goal through the first two games for the Roughriders, who head to Dubuque on Friday locked in a 1-1 series tie with the Fighting Saints.

In the AHL, veteran forwards Colton Gillies, Kevin Porter, and Brayden Irwin all scored in regulation while Andrey Makarov made 35 saves and another three in the shootout to earn his fifth straight victory as Rochester got past Toronto 4-3. Phil Varone, Joel Armia, and Porter all connected for shootout markers to get the Amerks the important extra point. Rochester currently sits in seventh place in the Western Conference standings with 80 points, three ahead of Oklahoma City with four games left to play. Charlotte and Rockford also have 77 points, but as of now are outside of the playoff picture having played one more game than both the Amerks and Barons.

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