UPDATED NCAA first round: Michigan, Denver fall; UMass-Lowell survives

All of Friday’s four games are over. Here are the recaps.

Midwest  Region

No. 2 Ferris State 2, No. 3 Denver 1

GREEN BAY — Simon Denis scored his first goal this season and it proved to be the game-winner for No. 2 seed Ferris State over third-seeded Denver.

Drew Shore scored less than three minutes after to trim the CCHA regular-season champion Bulldogs’ lead to 2-1. But senior goalie Taylor Nelson (19-6-3) made seven saves in the third period to hold on for the win.

No. 4 Cornell 3, No. 1 Michigan 2 OT

GREEN BAY — Cornell’s Rodger Craig scored 2:25 into overtime off a rebound to lift the Big Red to the first upset of the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan’s Kevin Lynch scored with 4:01 remaining to force overtime. Cornell’s Joakim Ryan put the Big Red ahead 2-1 with a shorthanded goal 40 seconds into the second period.

Saturday

Region final — Ferris State vs. Cornell, 7 p.m. Mountain ESPNU

East Region

No. 1 Union 3, No. 4 Michigan State 1

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Jeremy Welsh scored only 3:20 into the second period for the game-winner and goalie Troy Grosenick made 20 saves to pace the top-seeded Dutchmen past the Spartans.

No. 3 UMass-Lowell 4, No. 2 Miami 3 OT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. —  Riley Wetmore scored 2:13 into overtime as the RiverHawks battled back after squandering a 3-0 lead. Wetmore put UMass-Lowell, coached by former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers, up 3-0 only 2:21 into the second period before Miami rallied.

The RedHawks tied the game at 3-3 on a goal by Alden Hirschfeld with 10:04 left in the third. Miami got back into the game with scores 14 seconds apart by Trent Vogelhunter and Austin Czarnick with 16:54 and 16:40 left in the second.

Saturday

Regional final — UMass-Lowell vs. Union, 4:30 p.m. Mountain, ESPNU

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