The NCAA Frozen 4 is ready to kick off, and two historic applications will battle for an opportunity to play for the Nationwide Championship. The Boston Terriers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will sq. off at 5 ET on Thursday within the first half of a semifinal doubleheader, all with a spot within the Nationwide Championship on the road.
Boston and Minnesota to point out down within the NCAA Frozen 4 Semifinal
Each groups made fast work of the staff’s that performed within the NCAA Regionals to get to the NCAA Frozen 4. Minnesota scored a mixed 13 targets in opposition to Canisius and St. Cloud State, in comparison with 3 for his or her opponents to coast to a spot in Tampa. The Terriers simply defeated Western Michigan within the regional semifinals earlier than beating Cornell, 2-1.
Followers of the film “Miracle” might bear in mind a central battle within the film being gamers from totally different faculties not getting alongside at first whereas coaching for the 1980 Olympics. The 2 colleges have been Boston and Minnesota. Throughout the Seventies and 80s, there was no larger rivalry in school hockey or within the NCAA Frozen 4. The 1976 nationwide championship even led to a large bench clearing brawl.
SInce then, the rivalry has simmered between the Terriers and the Golden Gophers. Nevertheless, that might all change on Thursday afternoon as the whole lot is up for grabs within the NCAA Frozen 4.
The Golden Gophers have maybe the perfect offense in school hockey. The Gophers have three of the perfect school hockey gamers within the nation in first-round picks Jimmy Snuggerud, Matthew Knies, and Logan Cooley. The three gamers have been practically unstoppable all season, and make up only a small however deadly piece of the Gophers’ assault.
The Gophers even have probably the greatest goaltenders within the nation in Justen Shut, who has a .928 save proportion and a GAA of 1.99.
The Terriers, then again, received with grit and tenacity. Luke Tuch and Matt Brown are two leaders on a staff that’s stocked with juniors and seniors. The Terriers even have a proficient blue line anchored by Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson.
Within the internet is Chicago Blackhawks prospect Drew Commesso, who’s having a barely much less spectacular junior season in comparison with years previous, with a .914 save proportion and a 2.41 GAA.
Prediction: The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been capable of put the puck within the internet on a constant foundation. With the benefit in internet, the Gophers ought to have the ability to do it right here as nicely.