Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Countdown to Frozen Four: Three days away

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Frozen Four, Gophers, Men's hockey Updated: April 2, 2012 - 10:50 PM

The Frozen Four is almost here.

Meet a Gopher: Senior Jake Hansen is the right wing on the Gophers' second line and is an assistant team captain.

The 6-1, 191-pound Hansen had career highs in goals with 15, assists with 22 and, of course, points with 37. He scored three game-winners and had six power play goals.

He is a plus-18, ranks second on team in most penalties with 28. Has a six-game points streak with 4 goals and three assists in that stretch. He was a third round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007.

One of the more vocal and emotional team leaders.

Meet an opponent: Brian Dumoulin is a 6-4, 225 junior defenseman. He was named Hockey East's best defensive defenseman for the second season in a row and was among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award before they narrowed the candidates to three.

He has six goals and 20 assists for 26 points in 42 games. His plus-25 ranking is the best on BC. He was a second round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricane in 2009. He is from Biddeford, Maine.

He played on the U.S. team in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Team USA won the bronze in that tournament. One of his teammates on the U.S. team was Gophers forward Nick Bjugstad.

Frozen Four facts: This is the Gophers' 20th Frozen Four, Boston College's 23rd.

The top 10 in appearances:

1. Michigan               24

2. Boston College   23

3. Boston Univ.        21

4. Gophers               20

5. North Dakota       19

6. Denver                  14

7. Wisconsin            12

    Harvard                 12

9. Maine                    11

10. Colorado Col.    10

       Michigan Tech   10

The quote: Gophers coach Don Lucia on Hansen: "He has had a high motor all season long. He is not one of the focal points of our offense, but his game has really rounded out this year. He is as good a penalty killer as we have had all season long."

THE DON SAYS

On sophomore winger Nate Condon: "[He's got]  speed. He seems to score big goals. He has been outstanding on the  penalty kill. He is a  good two-way defensive player as well."

On sophomore defenseman Nate Schmidt: "[He had a] breakout year. A guy that we thought had the ability, the talent. He learned what it meant to work this past year, especially this offseason, getting himself in great shape. He has earned everything he received this year. A very deserving second team all-league player."

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