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Skille ends second-longest NCAA Tournament game

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jack Skille scored 11:13 into the third overtime to give Wisconsin a 1-0 victory over Cornell on Sunday night in the second-longest game in NCAA hockey tournament history.

Skille took a pass from Josh Engel from the point and beat goalie David McKee with a one-timer from close range to set off a wild celebration as Wisconsin advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1992.

"I just charged to the net and called for the puck, and Josh heard me I guess," Skille said. "He threw it right where I was and I one-timed it."

The Badgers (28-10-3) will face Maine on April 6 in Milwaukee; Boston College and North Dakota will play in the other semifinal at the Bradley Center.

"Guys were saying, 'Two more left, two more to go,' " Badgers captain Adam Burish said. "We want more. This group thinks it deserves more. The attitude is let's do whatever it takes to get this thing done."

The game took 111 minutes, 13 seconds. Exactly six years earlier, on March 26, 2000, St. Lawrence beat Boston University 3-2 in four overtimes in a game that lasted 123 minutes, 53 seconds.

McKee finished with 59 saves for Cornell (22-9-4).

"They just threw it to the front and the guy [Skille] took a good shot," McKee said. "He didn't give me time to react. It was a good play by him."

Wisconsin's Brian Elliott stopped 40 shots.

"I think that's a college hockey game that everyone in the building is going to be talking about for a long time," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "To see 100-plus shots and goaltending of that caliber. That was a head-to-head goalie exhibition that may never be matched again."

Elliott, who beat Bemidji State 4-0 in the first round Saturday, was selected the most valuable player of the regional.

"The guys in front of me have been unreal lately," Elliott said. "I can't say enough about the way we're playing defense right now."