Terry scores hat trick as Pioneers advance to Frozen Four

CINCINNATI -- The University of Denver hockey team advanced to its 16th Frozen Four with a 6-3 win over Penn State on Sunday night.

The overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's hockey tournament jumped out to a quick start against the Nittany Lions. Adam Plantt ripped home a wrist shot in the first period that put Denver in front, 2-0.

The Nittany Lions rallied back to tie the game, 2-2, when Denis Smirnov ricocheted a shot off of a Pioneer defenseman early in the second period.

But the remainder of the second period was dominated by Denver, which got two goals from Troy Terry and another from Jarid Lukosevicius for a 5-2 lead after two periods.

The teams exchanged goals in the third period, the last of which was scored by Terry, who netted his third goal of the game with just more than two minutes to play.

Denver improved to 31-7-4 and is two wins from its eighth NCAA title.

The Pioneers will next play Notre Dame in Chicago in the Frozen Four on April 6. The Fighting Irish won their won their quarterfinals over Massachusetts Lowell, 3-2.

Harvard and Minnesota Duluth will meet in the other semifinal on April 6. The final is April 8.