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Denver Wins The NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship

Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.

Denver scored five straight third-period goals to capture the NCAA Division I men's hockey championship with a 5-1 victory over Minnesota State at TD Garden on Saturday night.

It's the ninth title in program history for the Pioneers, tying Michigan's NCAA record for the most ever. Denver had eliminated the Wolverines in the semifinals of the Frozen Four to advance to the title game against the Mavericks.

"It certainly was a goal to get to nine," said Denver coach David Carle. "The ultimate goal is to be the first one to 10, I will tell you. Winning Thursday against Michigan was a huge step in that direction, and obviously tonight is an even bigger step."

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The Frozen Four Starts Tomorrow

from Chris Peters of the Daily Faceoff,

The 2022 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four is set for Boston beginning Thursday and will showcase some of the very best talent college hockey has to offer. It includes three of the most historically successful programs in college hockey and one of the programs that’s spent the last decade or so rising to prominence to becoming an annual contender. While Michigan, Minnesota and Denver are all in a familiar spot, Minnesota State will be playing in just its second Frozen Four after making it last season as well.

The Frozen Four action kicks off at TD Garden Thursday at 5:00 p.m. ET between Michigan and Denver, with Minnesota State taking on Minnesota at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The rosters for the four teams in this Frozen Four feature 41 NHL draft picks representing 25 different teams. For reference, last year there were 18 drafted players in the Frozen Four.

Minnesota leads the way with 14 draftees, Michigan has 13 including seven first-rounders, Denver has two and Minnesota State has two. There are also a few more players that will be picked up in the NHL draft this year or signed as college free agents. If you want to see a lot of future NHL players, this is a good year to check out the Frozen Four.

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The Frozen Four Is Set

from ESPN,

Michigan, complete with a star-laden roster that includes four of the top five picks in the 2021 NHL draft, dispatched Quinnipiac, 7-4, on Sunday in the NCAA hockey tournament, securing the final bid to next month's Frozen Four.

The Wolverines, seeded No. 1 overall, flexed their muscle in the Allentown, Pennsylvania regional, eliminating a pair of New England teams, American International, champion of the Atlantic Hockey Conference on Friday, and then the Bobcats of the ECAC on Sunday night.

Michigan will be joined by Minnesota State, Denver and Minnesota in the Frozen Four, scheduled to begin April 7 in Boston. The Wolverines will face the Pioneers at TD Garden, while the Gophers will draw the state-rival Mavericks.

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The Road To The Frozen Four Begins Tonight

from ESPN,

The NCAA men's hockey tournament is here, with a 16-team field battling through the regionals for a berth in the Frozen Four, to be held April 7 and 9 at TD Garden in Boston.

The four top seeds are Michigan (No. 1 in the Allentown, Pennsylvania region), Minnesota State (Albany, New York), Denver (Loveland, Colorado) and Western Michigan (Worcester, Massachusetts).

Regional play begins March 24 and 25, with regional finals scheduled for March 26 and 27. All games will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNews and will be available for streaming on the ESPN app.

To get you ready for all the action, we've got the full schedule of games, a roundtable with college hockey analysts Dave Starman and Sean Ritchlin sharing their insight on the biggest storylines, matchups and players, and a look at all 16 teams in the field.

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If You Think Reviews In the NHL Are Long

from Christian Babcock of The Rink Live,

The Bemidji State men’s hockey team would not let its season end.

Moments after No. 1 Minnesota State apparently vanquished the Beavers with a goal by Josh Groll in overtime to claim the CCHA Mason Cup Championship on Saturday in Mankato, BSU head coach Tom Serratore and his assistants contested the goal, arguing that one of the goalposts had lifted up and made the goal invalid.

After a review that lasted over an hour, the right people agreed with them, and overtime was restarted. But after another 2:09 of clock time, MSU’s Jack Neely put an official end to the wild affair with a snipe that finished Bemidji State’s season for good.

“We were given a second life,” Serratore said. “A call had to be made, and it was the right call. It was odd, obviously, the time that elapsed, but we get back out there and we have an opportunity of winning a championship. And it just didn’t happen.”

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U Mass Wins Their First NCAA Championship

from College Hockey Inc,

Massachusetts, with an impressive championship game performance, captured the school’s first national championship Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The Minutemen’s convincing 5-0 win against St. Cloud State marked the culmination of an uncertain season in college hockey, one that was abbreviated and for many teams paused due to the pandemic.

Saturday, however, was a showcase of the sport, with UMass even close to full strength thanks to the return of goaltender Filip Lindberg and forward Carson Gicewicz from Covid-related quarantine. Lindberg was perfect, stopping all 25 shots he faced and setting an NCAA Tournament record with his fourth career shutout in the event.

UMass is only four years removed from a last-place finish in Hockey East and a 5-29-2 record in 2016-17, head coach Greg Carvel’s first with the program. This season’s team finishes 20-5-4, the fewest losses for an NCAA champion since 1993 (Maine, 40-1-2). Its 11-0-3 run to end the season is the longest unbeaten streak to end a season since Union in 2014 (16-0-1).

“I can't say a lot to describe it. The feeling's unbelievable,” said captain Jake Gaudet. “To be here four years, the guys that have come through this program and worked really hard, to wear a letter and help lead our team to the biggest national stage is one of my proudest achievements and it's something I'll never forget.”

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Below, watch the final minute of play and the celebration.

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The Frozen Four Starts Today

from Chris Peters of Hockey Sense,

Against all odds, the season is going to come to a relatively natural conclusion in the most unnatural of seasons (we expect). The semifinals for the 2021 Men’s Frozen Four are set for Thursday in Pittsburgh, with Minnesota State taking on St. Cloud State in the early game at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UMass meeting two-time defending national champion Minnesota Duluth in the night cap with a 9 p.m. ET puck drop, also on ESPN2. The championship will be decided Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Thanks to the support of my paying subscribers, I’ll be in the building for the Men’s Frozen Four as I take my first out-of-town trip since starting this new venture. I plan to provide on-site coverage with analysis of each semifinal and the championship game. After that, it’s complete focus on the 2021 NHL Draft and tracking already-drafted prospects currently playing in junior, Europe and the AHL. My spring draft rankings are coming out this week, too. So, for those that have not yet signed up, if you’d like to support independent sports media and receive my instant, on-site Frozen Four coverage, draft rankings and more in your email inbox (or at least have access to read on the site), consider a subscription today. Thanks again to all of those who have already signed up, allowing me a chance to get to another Men’s Frozen Four.

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Previewing The Frozen Four

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

The field for the NCAA men's championship tournament has been set and though it will be hard to beat the drama of the women's final, I'm sure we'll see some awesome action once again.

This year's Frozen Four bracket was a little different, since the usual formula for determining the 16 teams was rendered impossible by the pandemic (you can't compare teams and opponents with almost no non-conference play, after all), so there was actually drama in terms of who got in. That drama was heightened when automatic bid St. Lawrence was forced to withdraw due to their coach contracting Covid-19, thus opening up a spot for another team.

This year's tournament takes place in Pittsburgh, with the semifinal on April 8 and the final on April 10. But before the Frozen Four is filled out, those teams will have to run through regionals in Fargo, Albany, Bridgeport and Loveland, Colorado. Here's a look at all 16 teams and what they bring to the table.

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The Road To The Frozen Four

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.

BRACKET: View the 2021 DI men's hockey bracket

Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of the six conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.

North Dakota was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, include Boston College, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The dates, sites, times and pairings of this year’s championship are as follows:

North Dakota was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, include Boston College, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The dates, sites, times and pairings of this year’s championship are as follows:

Fargo Regional, March 26-27

Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota

  • No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (14-10-2) vs. No. 3 Michigan (15-10-1)
    • Friday, March 26 | 4 p.m. ET | ESPNU/WatchESPN
  • No. 1 North Dakota (21-5-1) vs. No. 4 American Int’l (15-3-0)
  • Friday, March 26 | 9:30 p.m. ET | ESPN3/WatchESPN
  • Saturday, March 27 | 6:30 p.m. ET | ESPNU/WatchESPN
  • Fargo Regional Championship

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Report- Mike Babcock Headed Back To School As A Head Coach

added 2:44pm, Press release is below.

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