Men's hockey Frozen Four preview
The GIST: Were two Final Fours not enough for you? Good, because men’s hockey is here with tomorrow’s Frozen Four and Saturday’s national championship to keep the postseason vibes high. Here’s what you need to know before the puck drops.
No. 1 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. unseeded Boston University Terriers, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2): This battle features two storied programs, each competing in their 23rd (!!!) Frozen Four. The rivalry runs deep: it even received a shoutout in one of the best sports movies ever made. But history ain’t everything — the Gophers are heavily favored in this one.
- Minnesota’s been dominant all season and boasts two of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, aka the Heisman of men’s college hockey. They’re not only expected to take this matchup, they’re projected to win the whole shebang. Golden, indeed, eh?
No. 3 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats, 8:30 p.m ET (ESPN2): If defense wins championships, Quinnipiac’s first national title could be close enough to taste. The Bobcats’ fantastic defense led them to the best record men’s hockey's seen in years: They’ve dropped only four games all season and haven’t lost since January 21st.
- Michigan’s strength is elite offense, led by Hobey Baker finalist Adam Fantilli. However, they also allow lots of turnovers, which isn’t ideal against Quinnipiac’s D, so they’ll need to keep a quick pace to beat the Bobcats. The legs feed the