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Published March 26, 2010, 11:07 PM

RIT stuns Denver in NCAA hockey opener

WCHA regular season champions end season with three consecutive losses

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Cameron Burt scored a power-play goal with 7:24 left in the third period and Rochester Institute won its first NCAA Division I tournament game, upsetting top-seeded Denver 2-1 in the East Regional semifinals Friday.

The Tigers (27-11-1) will play either New Hampshire on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.

Freshman defenseman Chris Tanev also scored for RIT, and senior goaltender Jared DeMichiel stopped 39 shots as the Tigers extended their win streak to 11 games, longest in the country this season.

Joe Colborne had the goal for Denver (27-10-4), the top seed in the East which ended the season with three consecutive losses.

RIT, the Atlantic Hockey Association champion, is in its fifth season as a D-I program.