Frozen Four Hits Tampa

Most people equate March with “March Madness” – the crazy tournament consisting of 64 college basketball teams all vying for being the best in the nation. People become obsessed with this idea of “bracketology” and end up spending away their hard earned money to see if they can beat the odds and make the best brackets. Even the President creates a bracket for the tournament.

But this is a hockey blog, not a basketball blog.

College hockey is competitive. Some of the best players in the NHL have played for prestigious hockey programs while they earned their college degrees. College hockey programs have a lot of storied franchises. The NCAA Tournament is no stranger to underdog and cinderella stories. This year, only two number-one seeded schools will advance to the Frozen Four.

The sixteen best teams in the country have competed during the month of March and now we are down to the final four – the frozen four. These four schools will play their hearts out starting on April 5th in Tampa, Florida. Men like Zach Parise, Matt Gilroy, and Martin St. Louis all know what it’s like to play in the NCAA Tournament and anything can happen. Four schools, two who have made multiple Frozen Four appearances over the years, and two schools who are making history, will face off for a chance to be the best college hockey team in the country.

Boston College entered the tournament as the number one seed overall. They managed to defeat Minnesota-Duluth, the national champions of last year, in order to advance to Tampa. Minnesota defeated their archrivals, North Dakota, to make it to the Frozen Four. Both of these schools have won NCAA titles before, BC with four (most recently won in 2010) and Minnesota with five (most recently won in 2003). The Eagles and Golden Gophers will face off at 8pm on April 5th.

The earlier game will feature Union from the ECAC conference and Ferris State from the CCHA at 5:30pm on April 5th. Union  is the second number-one ranked seed out of the four, but with a leaner record than Boston College. They have only appeared in the NCAA Tournament a total of three times, with a 2-1 record in the games. Ferris State has been in the tournament only four times, with a 3-1 record. Both Ferris State and Union are making their Frozen Four debut. One of these schools will make it to the Championship round and will face either Boston College or Minnesota.

If you have never seen a college hockey game before, or have nothing to on April 5th, I promise you won’t be disappointed if you tune in to these games. Here is a Youtube video with highlights from one of the greatest championship games I have ever been to. It is the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Championship between Boston University (my alma mater) and Miami (OH) University. I do not own this youtube video and my thanks go to the person who uploaded this. 


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