And then there were four.
The 2014 NCAA hockey tournament has been filled with excitement, surprises and dramatic finishes. All of these things are primed to continue as the Frozen Four gets underway.
Top-seed Minnesota will look to keep up its dominant ways against a surging North Dakota team and No. 2 Boston College will try to avoid an upset from No. 3 Union. We've already seen some stellar play from all four teams, and now the stakes are at their highest.
Be sure to tune in to witness all of the high-octane action when these teams take the ice on April 10. Let's make sure not a moment is missed by looking at the full schedule, viewing information and updated bracket. Predicting the winners should be difficult, but let's give that a shot as well.
Frozen Four Schedule
|Date||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|Thurs., April 10||No. 2 Boston College vs. No. 3 Union||5 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Thurs., April 10||No. 1 Minnesota vs. North Dakota||8:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
All of the Frozen Four action can be live streamed on ESPN3.
Updated Tournament Bracket
The complete tournament bracket can be viewed on NCAA.com.
Frozen Four Picks
|Team 1||Team 2||Pick|
|No. 2 Boston College||No. 3 Union||Boston College|
|No. 1 Minnesota||North Dakota||Minnesota|
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions
North Dakota has been on a great run lately. After decisively defeating No. 4 Wisconsin 5-2, and fending off Ferris State 2-1, the team finds itself pitted against top-seeded Minnesota in the Frozen Four.
Minnesota's offense is one to be reckoned with. Over the team's past two games, it has scored a total of 11 goals—seven against Robert Morris and four against St. Cloud State.
Justin Kloos has been on fire lately, racking up three goals in his past two games.
2014 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Justin Kloos named Most Outstanding Player of West Regional http://t.co/2MUin8ziV5— Nate Wells (@gopherstate) March 31, 2014
Not only has the team's offense been rolling, but its goaltending has been flawless. Adam Wilcox recorded 24 saves in Minnesota's shutout victory over St. Cloud State in the West Regional final.
North Dakota's goaltending has been stellar as well; however, the team has yet to face such a prolific offense as Minnesota's.
On the other side, Boston College has been on a tear.
After handily beating Denver in Round 1 by a score of 6-2, the team squeezed past a very good Massachusetts-Lowell team 4-3.
This team is no stranger to going deep in this tournament, as it has four titles in the last seven seasons.
Boston College looks primed to make another run at it with its offense clicking right now. Johnny Gaudreau is the nation's leading scorer and continues to display his on-ice prowess, scoring twice in the quarterfinals.
If Johnny Gaudreau can score 5 goals this weekend, he will reach the 40-goal plateau. That's rare in college hockey.— Richard Murray (@Richie_Murray) March 31, 2014
The team's goaltending has been solid, despite giving up three goals in its last contest. After all, one goal came on a power play and the other was off a deflection by a defender.
Union can't be ruled out though. Even though the team hasn't exactly put up gaudy numbers, it is very sound defensively.
The team is riding a hot streak, going undefeated over its last 15 games. This trip to the Frozen Four marks Union's second time in the last three years.
This matchup should certainly come down to the wire; however, it will be the unrelenting offense of Boston College that pulls out the win.