no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
With Boston University and North Dakota already having booked their tickets to Boston, there were/are two games today to decide the other two teams that will make the Frozen Four. #4 seed and #15 overall seed Providence beat #2 seed Denver 4-1 in Providence to advance to the Frozen four. Currently, #4 seed and #16 seed overall RIT is losing to Nebraska-Omaha 1-0 with just 8 minutes remaining in South Bend. This is Providence's first Frozen Four since 1985 and would be RIT's first FF appearance since 2010/Nebraska-Omaha's first FF ever (they started in 1997.)
Also of note, with Providence advancing to the Frozen Four, this is the third straight year that the last at-large team in the tournament (Yale in 2013 and North Dakota last year) made the FF and tournament because Michigan failed to win it's last game.
Elliote Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada noted that Zach Hyman will be a free agent if Florida cannot sign him by August. I would love to see him in a Grand Rapids Griffins jersey next year, and I hope he considers it.
I'm not the only one watching, right?
(1)BU tops (4) Yale, 3-2 in OT
(2) Michigan Tech chokes, gives up a goal to (3) SCSU with under a minute in regulation and then loses 3-2 in OT
(2) Duluth appears to be moving on, being up 4-1 on (3) Minnesota late in the 3rd
(1) NoDak vs. (4) Quinnipiac upcoming
Not trying to troll and I know that Red deserves as many more years as he wants, but I think he has stated next will be his last.
Just wanted to provide an update on someone who looks to be a good option to have in the final candidate pool.
Not much on Mel Pearson, but wouldn't it be something if Michigan Tech won it all?
I know all of our basketball tournament brackets are incinerated so here's your 2nd chance. USCHO hosts a pick'em every year for some modest prizes, but the fun is in the bracket. You think picking basketball is hard? I've had years where my coin flip bracket did better than my actual one for the hockey tournament.
In case you're wondering how to pick, BCInterruption has had a few good posts on trends for teams and past tournaments:
I've got Tech, Providence, Minnesota, and Minnesota-Mankato in the Frozen Four with Mankato winning it all. The tournament starts Friday.