Sunday, March 26, 2017

Notre Dame and Denver Round Out Frozen Four

Notre Dame and Denver have filled the final two slots for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Frozen Four.
The Fighting Irish, who yesterday upset No. 1 seed Minnesota in a Northeast Regional semifinal in Manchester, N.H., did the same Sunday to Hockey East champion and No. 2 seed UMass Lowell. Andrew Oglevie’s goal just 2:44 into overtime sent to send UND to its third Frozen Four overall and first since 2011 in this, its final season in Hockey East before moving to the Big Ten next season. The Irish led, 1-0, early on, and then fought back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the game on a goal by Cam Morrison with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

At the Midwest Regional final in Cincinnati, top overall seed Denver outlasted upstart Penn State, 6-3, to punch its ticket to the Frozen Four for the second straight season. Troy Terry scored three goals and set up two others for the Pioneers, who are seeking their seventh national championship in program history, and first since 2005. Big Ten champion Penn State managed to forge 2-2 and 3-3 ties on the evening, but couldn't keep its Cinderella season, its fifth campaign in NCAA Division I, going.
ECAC and East Regional champion Harvard will face off against NCHC and West Regional champion Minnesota-Duluth in the first Frozen Four semifinal at 6 p.m. ET on April 6 at the United Center in Chicago. The other semifinal, at 9 p.m. ET that night, will feature Notre Dame against Denver. Both games will be televised live on ESPN2.The two semifinal winners will face off for the national championship on April 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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