SALT LAKE CITY – The top two seeds in Division played in one-goal games, but only one survived to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour.
No. 7 Brigham Young (16-3) d. No. 2 Utah (16-1), 10-9
Chris Severson took a feed on the crease and deposited his shot in the top right corner, giving Brigham Young a 10-9 lead with six seconds left that turned into a huge upset of archrival Utah.
The game started true to form for the Utes as they quickly build a 6-3 halftime that had the Cougars on their heels.
Instead of turning into the second half blowout like the regular season meeting, BYU struck back in the third to pull within one, 7-6, heading into the final stanza.
The Cougars finally pulled even early in the fourth quarter, but Utah responded with back-to-back goals to seemingly ice the game with a 9-7 cushion. Again the Cougars rallied, culminating in Severson’s game-winner with six ticks left.
Dalon Hampshire was superb in net for the Cougars, turning away 10 shots.
Josh Stout scored six goals for the Utes while Daniel Costa made eight saves.
Brigham Young will play the winner of the Michigan State-Virginia Tech contest.
No. 1 Chapman (15-0) d. No. 9 Liberty (9-6), 11-10 (ot)
Top-seeded Chapman squandered a 9-4 second-half lead under the constant pressure of Liberty, but Wiley Bonham scored at the 2:02 mark of the first overtime to send the Panthers to the semifinals.
Chapman tried to put the game away early, scoring the first six goals of the game before Liberty finally broke through to cut the lead to 6-1. The deficit for the Flames was 6-2 at halftime.
After the lead moved to 9-4, Chapman watched Liberty go on a 6-1 run capped by a goal with just seconds left in regulation. But Bonham saved the day.
Bonham finished with five goals and two assists in the winning effort while Zach Rich made four saves.
Chase Wright scored a pair of goals and dished out a pair of assists for Liberty.
Chapman will square off against the winner of the South Carolina-California winner.
No. 2 North Dakota State (10-2) d. No. 7 Montana State (13-3), 12-6
With a balanced attack featuring four players with two goals and its usual stingy defense, North Dakota State wore down Montana State, 12-6.
The Bison spotted the Bobcats a 2-0 lead to start the game, but NDSU would outscore Montana State, 9-2 in the second and third quarters to put the contest away.
Simon Hatlen, Preston Olson, Eric Larson and Brandon Wuertz all struck for a pair in the win while Noah Orham made six saves.
Alexander Brown had two goals for the Bobcats.
NDSU will face the winner of the Minn.-Duluth-Kennesaw contest.
No. 1 St. Thomas (14-1) d. No. 9 Florida Gulf Coast (12-5), 6-4.
In a grinder between two physical teams, St. Thomas outlasted Florida Gulf Coast, 6-4.
Six different players scored a goal for the Tommies, led by a goal and an assist from Nicholas Bunde.
Austin Cotton played very well for the Eagles, turning away 11 shots in the loss.
St. Thomas will face the winner of the St. John's-Grand Valley State tilt.