Union/North Dakota/BC & MN Punch Their Tickets for Philadelphia

March 31, 2014 | Marty Mossa

The frozen addition of March Madness will continue into April for Union College, North Dakota University, Boston College, and the University of Minnesota. These four institutions will complete as this year’s Frozen Four in Philadelphia on April 10th & 12th.

The BC Eagles will be going to their 24th Frozen Four after beating the UMass-Lowell 4-3 on Sunday to win the Northeast Regional in Worcester, MA.

The Eagles will face off against East Regional winner Union College in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 10 to earn a chance at the National Title game two days later. The Union College Dutchmen dispatched Providence 3-1 in the regional finals in Bridgeport, CT. This was one day after knocking off Vermont. Shayne Gostisbehere a Flyers draft pick is one of the best defenseman in the four-team playoff. He dominated the blue line, and helped by making crucial saves in the crease to help Union top the Provodence.

North Dakota came out of the Midwest Regional played in Cincinnati. Zane Gothberg, a Bruins draft pick, had 44 saves in a 2-1 double overtime victory over Ferris State. Rocco Grimaldi a Florida draftee netted a hat trick to help beat Wisconsin in the first round.

Grimaldi will be meet another Panthers’ draft pick Kyle Rau, who helped lead the Minnesota Gophers to a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State on Sunday. The Gophers rompted past Robert Morris 7-3 in the opening round of the West Regional in St. Paul, MN. Re: (http://nhl.si.com/2014/03/30/frozen-four-field-boston-college-north-dakota-union-minnesota/)

The final three games will commence a week from Thursday with two games at 5:30pm and 8pm. The two winners will meet Saturday at 7pm for the NCAA Hockey Championship.