Three high-profile programs should generate Frozen Four buzz

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Who’s who field has 67 Frozen Fours among the teams.

Big acts return to the Frozen Four this year.

Boston College, North Dakota, Minnesota and proven up-and-comer Union will be on display for college hockey’s biggest weekend. Big names mean big numbers and extra attention in Philadelphia.

“It’s going to be pretty close to a sellout crowd there,” Boston College coach Jerry York said. “You’ve got marquee names, and that’s going to draw a lot of interest.”

It’ll be a big change from last year’s finale in Pittsburgh. Three programs were making their first appearance in the Frozen Four, and eventual national champion Yale was making its second.

This year’s field has a combined 67 Frozen Four appearances. Boston College leads with 24, the Gophers have 21, North Dakota 20 and Union two.

Attendance held up well for last year’s newcomers, although it was a struggle to fill the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh for Thursday night’s semifinals. With Boston College’s Hobey Baker Award favorite Johnny Gaudreau playing in his hometown, and the historic rivalry between North Dakota and the Gophers on tap for the semifinals, filling seats and TV ratings shouldn’t be a problem this year.

“From a TV standpoint, obviously having North Dakota, Minnesota and Boston College is great,” Gophers coach Don Lucia said. “Union was in the Frozen Four two years ago and they’re an outstanding team. … I think it’ll be two outstanding games in the semifinals.”

Hobey finalists named

St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd is one of three Hobey Baker Award finalists. The field was cut down from 10 on Tuesday, eliminating Gophers goaltender Adam Wilcox.

Gaudreau, a junior winger, and St. Lawrence senior forward Greg Carey are the other finalists for college hockey’s top player award.

It’s the second consecutive year a St. Cloud State player has been among the final three. Drew LeBlanc won the program’s first Hobey Baker Award last season.

Wilcox shut out St. Cloud State in Sunday’s NCAA tournament West Regional, but none of the three goaltenders in contention made the final cut.

The winner will be announced on April 11 at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

“It was nice to be in the top 10, it’s a pretty good accomplishment. … Not making the top three is fine. The last two weeks here [preparing for the Frozen Four] are what we were playing for from the start of the season,” Wilcox said. “That’s what I’m most excited for, that’s what I wanted coming into college here. … That’s what the team wants, and that’s the biggest prize and the only one I want.”

Wilcox is still a front-runner for the inaugural Mike Richter Award honoring the nation’s top goaltender.

Fairly healthy

The Gophers’ bumps and bruises are limited heading into their final week of practice.

The complete roster practiced on Wednesday although freshman forward Hudson Fasching skated wearing a red cross jersey, meaning no contact with him. The jersey was just a precaution after Fasching took a hard fall in last weekend’s regional. He moved well and looked healthy throughout the workout.

  • related content

  • Frozen Four schedule

    Wednesday April 2, 2014

    FROZEN FOURAt Wells Fargo Center • PhiladelphiaApril 10Semifinals • ESPN2• Boston College (28-7-4) vs. Union (N.Y.) (30-6-4), 4 p.m.• North...

  • St. Cloud State's Dowd, two others are Hobey Baker finalists

    Wednesday April 2, 2014

    The award goes to college hockey's best player.

  • Video: Wilcox: National title top prize, not Hobey Baker Award

    Wednesday April 2, 2014

    Gophers goaltender Adam Wilcox said the to prize is a national championship, not the Hobey Baker Award.

  • Gophers players and fans celebrated an early goal by Justin Kloos in the first period Sunday in an NCAA tournament game at Xcel Energy Center.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Mets 8 FINAL
Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
NY Yankees 1
Detroit 5 FINAL
Baltimore 4
Toronto 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 2 FINAL
Cleveland 4
San Diego 3 FINAL
Seattle 4
Chicago WSox 6 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Kansas City 13 FINAL
Texas 2
Oakland 9 FINAL
San Francisco 2
Wisc-Milwaukee 0 FINAL
Milwaukee 8
Arizona 6 FINAL
Colorado 3
Univ of Minnesota 1 FINAL
Minnesota 3
New York 82 FINAL
Indiana 105
Phoenix 105 FINAL
Orlando 100
Cleveland 120 FINAL
Toronto 112
Utah 84 FINAL
Boston 85
Charlotte 115 FINAL
Brooklyn 91
Denver 100 FINAL
Minnesota 85
Detroit 85 FINAL
New Orleans 88
LA Lakers 94 FINAL
Miami 100
Philadelphia 118 FINAL
Oklahoma City 123
Memphis 102 FINAL
Houston 100
Sacramento 85 FINAL
San Antonio 112
Milwaukee 93 FINAL
Golden State 102
Portland 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 93
Ottawa 3 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
NY Rangers 1 FINAL(OT)
Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 1 FINAL
Colorado 3
Montreal 1 FINAL
Anaheim 3
Longwood 65 FINAL
Presbyterian 61
Campbell 64 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 72
Liberty 70 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 80
Ohio State 77 FINAL
Penn State 67
Maine 66 FINAL
Albany 83
Duquesne 81 FINAL
Fordham 66
George Washington 67 FINAL
George Mason 51
Tennessee 78 FINAL
LSU 63
Notre Dame 71 FINAL
Louisville 59
SE Missouri St 74 FINAL
Morehead State 79
St Francis-PA 73 FINAL
Mount St Marys 58
Hartford 63 FINAL
New Hampshire 67
Wagner 68 FINAL
Robert Morris 91
Long Island 70 FINAL
St Francis-NY 79
La Salle 50 FINAL
Saint Josephs 55
Providence 79 FINAL
Seton Hall 66
UCF 45 FINAL
South Florida 74
Binghamton 57 FINAL
Stony Brook 62
UMBC 39 FINAL
Vermont 66
Sacred Heart 85 FINAL
Bryant 91
Richmond 56 FINAL
Massachusetts 53
Wake Forest 51 FINAL
Duke 94
Purdue 66 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Miami-Florida 67 FINAL
Pittsburgh 63
St Bonaventure 64 FINAL
Saint Louis 48
New Mexico St 69 FINAL
TX-Pan American 48
Houston 68 FINAL
Tulane 63
Howard 62 FINAL
NJIT 71
TCU 70 FINAL
Oklahoma State 82
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
Tulsa 47
USC 74 FINAL
UCLA 85
Miss State 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Utah State 53 FINAL
Wyoming 76
St Johns 67 FINAL
Marquette 51
SIU Edwardsville 66 FINAL
Eastern Ill 78
Air Force 66 FINAL
Fresno State 68
Nebraska 57 FINAL
Illinois 69
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Nevada 62
Boise State 68 FINAL
San Jose St 51
San Diego St 60 FINAL
UNLV 58
Oregon 65 FINAL
Oregon State 62
UC Santa Barbara 98 FINAL
Hawaii 90
Toledo 64 FINAL
Northern Ill 68
Wake Forest 69 FINAL
Boston College 53
Eastern Illinois 35 FINAL
UT Martin 68
Austin Peay 69 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 72
Virginia Tech 57 FINAL
NC State 56
Massachusetts 55 FINAL
St Bonaventure 49
Auburn 71 FINAL
Florida 49
Penn State 63 FINAL
Indiana 68
Clemson 53 FINAL
Georgia Tech 80
Davidson 63 FINAL
La Salle 74
Loyola-Maryland 46 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Boston U 48 FINAL
Colgate 58
Coll of Charleston 58 FINAL
James Madison 107
Delaware 76 FINAL
Elon 77
Drexel 58 FINAL
Northeastern 42
Hofstra 75 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 76
Towson 56 FINAL
William & Mary 68
Miami-Ohio 55 FINAL
Akron 67
Ball State 85 FINAL
Central Michigan 69
Buffalo 55 FINAL
Bowling Green 47
Western Mich 65 FINAL
Eastern Michigan 74
Ohio U 69 FINAL
Kent State 56
Youngstown St 62 FINAL
Cleveland State 73
Illinois-Chicago 54 FINAL
Wright State 74
Alabama 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Detroit 60 FINAL
Milwaukee 56
Purdue 58 FINAL
Wisconsin 56
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is the best center on a Twin Cities sports team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close