DETROIT — Cam Atkinson scored the first of three goals in a 1:35 stretch midway through the third period, helping Boston College pull away from Miami of Ohio for a 7-1 win Thursday night in the NCAA men’s hockey semifinals.

The Eagles (28-10-3) will play Wisconsin on Saturday night in a rematch of the 2006 final won by the Badgers.

Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, drew an announced crowd of 34,954 to set an attendance record for an indoor hockey game.


WISCONSIN 8, RIT 1: Derek Stepan had two goals and two assists, and Brendan Smith assisted on five goals as the Badgers (28-10-4) routed the Tigers (28-12-1) to advance to the national champion game.


SOUTHERN MAINE 8, SALEM STATE 1: John Carey had three hits and three RBI as the Huskies (10-7) handled the Vikings (10-9) at Salem, Mass.

Collin Henry and Tucker White each had two hits for the Huskies. Joe Curran (1-1) allowed four hits and two walks over six innings for the win.


BOWDOIN 12, THOMAS 6: Brendan Garner hit three doubles and scored three runs as the Polar Bears (16-5) beat the Terriers (6-13) at Brunswick.

Reid Auger had a double and a homer for Bowdoin.


ST. JOSEPH’S 11, FRAMINGHAM STATE 10: Pat Moran singled home Todd Keneborus with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Monks (16-8, 4-2 GNAC) dug out of a 7-0 hole to beat the Rams (9-10) at Standish.

Mike Burdin hit a three-run homer, and Pat Moran and Ben Grant-Roy each had a two-run shot for the Monks. Keneborus finished with four hits, including two triples, and scored three runs.


BOWDOIN SWEEPS UMF: The Polar Bears (16-7) won the opener 1-0 and the second game 6-4 against the Beavers (0-2) at Farmington.

Kara Nilan (2-2) allowed one hit and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in the opener. Hillary Smyth doubled home Lauren Coven for the only run.

Gen Barlow hit a solo homer and Shavonne Lord added an RBI double in the seventh inning as Bowdoin broke a 4-4 tie in the second game.

SALEM STATE SWEEPS SOUTHERN MAINE: Taylor Orlando had four hits in the opener, including a three-run homer, and Jess Baird doubled home the winning run in the second game as the Vikings (16-5-1) beat the Huskies (5-17) twice at Salem, Mass., 9-1 in six innings and 3-2.

Melissa Caiazzo drove in both runs for USM in the second game.


MAINE: Dan Lichterman resigned as head coach after three seasons in which the Black Bears had a combined record of 15-70-13.


THE UNIVERSITY of New England and eight other schools from the 14-team Commonwealth Coast Conference are forming a new league for the 2011-12 school year.

The new conference, which has yet to be named, will include Endicott, Gordon, Nichols, Roger Williams, Salve Regina, Wentworth and Western New England.


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