MICHIGAN VS. NORTH DAKOTA
Second semifinal, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, ESPN2
By the numbers: 28-10-4 overall, 20-7-1 CCHA (first). National ranking: No. 2 by USA Today. Power-play pct.: 18.2 (33-181). Penalty-kill pct.: 83.1 (157-189). Goals/game: 3.38. Goals against/game: 2.26.
Coach: Red Berenson, 27th year, 727-338-73
Key forwards: Senior linemates Carl Hagelin (18-30--48) and Louie Caporusso (11-19--30) led the Wolverines in scoring.
On defense: Freshman Jon Merrill (7-17--24) was a second team all-CCHA pick. Sophomore Lee Moffie (8-9--17) has four goals in the past five games.
In goal: Senior Shawn Hunwick has a 2.26 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.
Frozen Four history: This is Michigan's 24th appearance, and the Wolverines have won nine titles, both Division I records. The most recent titles were in 1996 and '98; the other seven came from 1948 to '64.
By the numbers: 32-8-3, 21-6-1 WCHA (first). National ranking: No. 1. Power-play pct.: 23.3 (52-223). Penalty-kill pct.: 86.0 (172-200). Goals/game: 4.14. Goals against/game: 2.14.
Coach: Dave Hakstol, seventh year, 187-92-27
Key forwards: Matt Frattin (36-24--60) is the nation's top goal-scorer. Four others -- Corban Knight, Jason Gregoire, Evan Trupp and Brad Malone -- have between 40 and 44 points on the second-highest scoring Division I team.
On defense: Fifth-year senior Chay Genoway (6-31--37) is averaging a little more than a point per game. Junior Ben Blood's plus-33 rating is the nation's best.
In goal: Sophomore Aaron Dell earned first-team all-WCHA honors; he has a 1.82 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
Frozen Four history: The Sioux are making their 19th trip -- the fifth under Hakstol -- and have won seven NCAA titles, the most recent in 2000.