Bemidji State Makes Surprising Run to NCAA Frozen Four

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IApril 8, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 12:  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Boston College Golden Eagles battle in the championship game at the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four Men's Ice Hockey National Championship at the Pepsi Center on April 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Boston College defeated Notre Dame 4-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The first national championship will be presented in the nation's capital on Saturday to the winner of the Frozen Four, the NCAA hockey championship.

The games will be at Verizon Center beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Does anyone remember George Mason's run to the Final Four in 2006?

Well, they went through D.C. and Verizon Center to make it to Indianapolis for the national semifinals.

There is a school named Bemidji State University, and guess what?  They have torn up the brackets, defeating the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5-1 in the first round and the No. 9 Cornell Big Red 4-1 in the quarterfinals.

Bemidji State is located in Bemidji, Minn. (wherever that is).

They are the No. 16 team out of the 16 teams invited to play in the tournament. They have the Fresno State and George Mason feel about them, and anyone who is paying attention to this story is rooting for the Beavers, kind of like they did for Mason at the Final Four and Fresno at the College World Series.

The Beavers are not new to winning, however. They have 13 national championships, between the NAIA and Division II level.

On Thursday, the puck drops at 5 p.m. for the Beavers. They face the Miami (Oh.) Redhawks, who defeated No. 3 Denver and No. 6 Minnesota-Deluth.