The hockey version of March Madness will commence this Friday as the NCAA Frozen Four Hockey Tournament will begin. The selection show on ESPNU this past Sunday disclosed the sixteen teams that will be vying for the NCAA National Hockey Championship.
This Friday the tournament will begin. Minnesota will play Robert Morris and St. Cloud plays Notre Dame in the the West Saturday at 5:30pm on ESPNU and 9pm respectively. Union College plays Vermont and Wisconsin plays North Dakota on Friday at 2pm & 8pm both on ESPNU. Also on Friday, Providence plays Quinnipiac, on ESPU and Ferris St. plays Colgate 4:30 on ESPN 3.
Boston College will face off against Denver 3pm on ESPN2 and University of Massachusetts/Lowell will play Minnesota St. Mankato on ESPN 3 at 6:30, both on Saturday in the Northeast. Providence plays Quinnipiac Friday at 5:30 on ESPU and Ferris State plays Colgate Friday at 4:30 on ESPN3.
Union College will enter in the tournament again this year with Philadelphia Flyers prospect defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, and are a No. 1 seed. They’ll compete in the East Region, going up against Vermont Catamounts in the first-round game Friday in Bridgeport, CT. Union is favored to beat Vermont, but they’ll have a challenging game in the regional final against either Providence College, who has Calgary Flames prospect goaltender Jon Gillies ECAC rival Quinnipiac, last year’s national runner-up. (http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2014/3/24/5543058/2014-ncaa-hockey-bracket-frozen-four-philadelphia/Travis Hughes/3/24/14)
According to broadstreethockey (2014)North Dakota has another Philadelphia prospect in Michael Parks. With that they have a chance to play at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center ice on April 10th & 12th. University of North Dakota is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, and will face Wisconsin in the first round.
Minnesota is the top seed and the overall favorite to win the NCAA Championship this year. They enter as the top seed in the nation as they have been so for four weeks. They will be on home ice in St. Paul, MN for the West Regional.(http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2014/3/24/5543058/2014-ncaa-hockey-bracket-frozen-four-philadelphia/Travis Hughes/3/24/14)
The Hobey Baker Award favorite, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College is regarded at the best player in the nation. He’s from the Boston area and who grew up playing at Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell. He has a decent shot to both win the Hobey and a national title in his backyard. He will likely go pro once Boston College’s season ends. He could end up with the Flyers AHL affiliate in Worcester or with the Flyers themselves.