One day after pulling off a big upset win over #1 Minnesota State, underdog RIT tried to do the same thing against the other Mavericks from Nebraska-Omaha. It looked like they could repeat their feat as they kept the game scoreless through two periods of play. But Nebraska-Omaha's Jake Randolph finally broke through for the Mavericks at 1:01 of the third period and that lead was enough to help carry Omaha to a 4-0 victory and the school's first ever bid to the Frozen Four.
Austin Ortega, Justin Parizek, and David Pope all added goals in the final five minutes of play to add insurance to Randolph's game-winning tally. But there was little doubt who the star of the evening was for Omaha.
Unlike yesterday's upset, it was RIT that carried the play for stretches of the game and holding an advantage in shots on goal. The Tigers fired 40 shots on net to UNO's 28, but Nebraska-Omaha goalie Ryan Massa was stellar throughout, stopping all 40 shots. Massa was named to the reigonal's All-Tournament Team and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional for his efforts.
Nebraska-Omaha advances to the Frozen Four in Boston where they will meet Providence in the first semifinal on Thursday April 9th.