We're out here live from Xcel Energy Center for the Frozen Four semifinal games; they're about to drop the puck on Notre Dame vs. UMD; Michigan vs. North Dakota follows later.

As we've told anyone within shouting distance this week, this is about as good of a field as St. Paul and the X could have garnered, considering the Gophers' absence. It is a lively crowd. It is a thirsty crowd. We're fairly sure they might break St. Paul tonight. We shall see.

Consider this your Frozen Four open thread, should you want one.

The hockey lovers among you should note the preponderance of puck on this here blog the past couple of days; and Clarence Swamptown should note that picture above is his worst nightmare -- a massive group of North Dakota fans at a pre-game party.

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