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Notre Dame Will Face Minnesota Duluth In The Finals Of The Frozen Four

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Michigan's season ended in heartbreaking fashion.

Notre Dame captain Jake Evans scored with 5.2 seconds left to break a 3-3 tie. Evans took a pass from Cam Morrison and beat Michigan goaltender Hayden Lavigne five-hole.

Michigan lost, 4-3, on Thursday night in a Frozen Four semifinal at the Xcel Energy Center. 

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Watch the late, game winning goal below.

In the other semi-final game, Minnesota Duluth defeated Ohio State 2-1.

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Viewing Information For The Frozen Four Which Starts Today

via ESPN Media Zone,

ESPN will televise all three games of the Frozen Four from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn,, marking the 25th consecutive year college hockey’s two-day season finale has been aired across ESPN’s networks.

The Frozen Four Semifinals feature Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 4 Ohio State (6 p.m. ET) and Michigan vs. No. 2 Notre Dame (9:30 p.m.) on Thursday, April 5, with the two winners advancing to the Frozen Four Championship game (7:30 p.m.) on Saturday, April 7. 

The Semifinals will air on ESPN2 and the Championship game on ESPN, with all three games available on the ESPN App.

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The Frozen Four Starts Thursday Night

from Chris Peters at ESPN,

The connections between the four teams set to play in the men's Frozen Four semifinals are undeniable, starting with Thursday night's first semifinal game between Ohio State and Minnesota-Duluth.

The Bulldogs, last year's national runner up, needed significant help to get into the NCAA tournament. The last domino to fall was actually a Notre Dame overtime victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten final. That allowed the Bulldogs to sneak into the last at-large spot, thanks to a RPI rating .0001 better than that of University of Minnesota....

The second semifinal will feature a pair of teams that have played each other four times already as conference foes, with the season series split 2-2. However, Michigan also may not have gotten here were it not for Notre Dame.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson believes his team's season turned a corner after being swept by Notre Dame in a home-and-home series in early January. The Wolverines lost a pair of close 2-1 games, but showed signs of life amid an 8-10-2 record, including a 3-7-2 mark in Big Ten play at that point.

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Your Hobey Baker Fianalists

from HobeyBaker.com,

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee is very pleased to announce the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2018 award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Henrik Borgström, a sophomore forward from the University of Denver; Ryan Donato, a junior forward from Harvard University; and Adam Gaudette, a junior forward from Northeastern University.

The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

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Men’s NCAA Hockey Tournament Begins Today

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Sid’s Sister

from Seth Berkman at the New York Times,

In her third year at St. Cloud State, Taylor Crosby has become absorbed in ethics and philosophy courses.

“I like those because they’re open-ended,” said Crosby, a goalie on the Huskies’ women’s hockey team. “There’s like a billion answers.”

Through much of her adolescence, hockey seemed to be the only topic anyone wanted to discuss with her. That’s natural when your older brother is one of the sport’s biggest stars.

The comparisons, the constant questions from the news media and strangers wanting to know more about her brother, Sidney, were overwhelming and invasive at times. Carving her own identity, particularly on the ice, became more challenging as her only sibling’s spotlight grew with each Stanley Cup (three so far) and individual accolade.

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University Of Denver Wins The NCAA National Championship

from Beth Maiman of NCAA.com,

They say history can repeat itself.

On Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, that appeared to be the case when Denver defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-2 to win its eighth national championship thanks to left winger Jarid Lukosevicius tallying three goals and earning a hat trick to help the Pioneers secure their first national title since 2005.

The last hat trick in an NCAA championship game?

Well, that would come from Denver’s head coach Jim Montgomery back in 1993 when Maine defeated Lake Superior State 5-4 to win the national title.

Lukosevicius followed in his coach's footsteps, and although he never envisioned joining his coach on this hat trick list, his name went into the record books on Saturday. After the game, Lukosevicius was asked if his coach happened to give him advice on recording a hat trick in a title game. The sophomore said he didn’t, but simply reminded the team to stick the process.

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Will Butcher Wins The 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

from College Hockey News,

Friday evening at the Aon Ballroom on Chicago's Navy Pier, Denver senior captain Will Butcher was named the winner of the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

Named for the former Princeton legend and World War I veteran, the Award is given annually to the top player in Division I men's college hockey. Butcher is the first defenseman to win the award since 2009 (Matt Gilroy, Boston University). The Sun Prairie, Wis., native was also the first blueliner since '09 to be named to the 'Hobey Hat Trick' as one of three finalists for the prestigious award.

All season, Butcher — a 2013 fifth-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche — has anchored the best statistical defense in the nation. The Pioneers enter Saturday's championship game against league rival Minnesota-Duluth having allowed 1.81 goals per game on average this season. Widely considered the best all-around defenseman in the nation, Butcher has chipped in offensively, too, with seven goals and 30 assists.

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Denver Will Face Minnesota-Duluth In The NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship Game

from Lou Somogyi of Yahoo,

A Cinderella run to the 2017 Frozen Four struck midnight, literally, for Notre Dame on Thursday night at Chicago’s United Center.

Shortly before midnight Eastern Standard Time — after a 9:57 p.m. face-off — the No. 4-seed Fighting Irish had fallen behind No. 1 Denver 5-0 after the first two periods en route to a 6-1 defeat, the worst of the year for the Fighting Irish, who finish 23-12-5.

On Saturday night Denver (32-7-4) will play for the national title against Minnesota-Duluth, a 2-1 victor over Harvard in the earlier game.

The Pioneers asserted their dominance in the first period, forcing goalie Cal Petersen to make a save off a hard shot in the opening five seconds and then continued to pepper him with onslaughts while controlling the action through the first 20 minutes.

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NCAA Hockey Championship Odds

via Bovada,

Odds to win 2017 Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Championship

Denver                                      4/1
Minnesota-Duluth                      7/1
Harvard                                     15/2
UMass-Lowell                            9/1
North Dakota                            10/1
Western Michigan                      10/1
Boston University                      11/1
Minnesota U                              11/1
Penn State                                11/1
Air Force                                   12/1
Union College                           12/1
Cornell                                      14/1
Notre Dame                              14/1
Providence                               15/1
Ohio State Buckeyes                 18/1
Michigan Tech Huskies              40/1

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