Congratulations to the #1 Michigan Wolverines and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame who both have punched their ticket to the 2008 Frozen Four. The Fighting Irish are the first #4 seed to ever reach the Frozen Four, although they are by far the best #4 seed ever. Notre Dame won the CCHA regular season and playoffs last year and returned many starters. Now, without leading scorer Erik Condra, the Fighting Irish upended New Hampshire and the defending National Champion Michigan State Spartans. Although Michigan plays another #4 en route to the National Title game, the game itself will not get any easier.
In other action yesterday, another #4 seed in Air Force almost upset #1 Miami(OH). The Redhawks scored late in the third period on a power play to send the game into overtime where Justin Mercier scored the game winner. Also in the Northeast Region, #2 Boston College knocked off #3 Minnesota. BC opened it up in the third period with 3 goals to knock off the Golden Gophers 5-2.
Finally, the Midwest Region served for some great hockey as well. #4 Princeton out played, out shot and out worked #1 North Dakota but could not must a win. The Fighting Sioux were led by Ryan Duncan’s hat trick, advancing them with a 5-1 win into the Midwest Final against hometown team Wisconsin. Wisconsin and their sub .500 should not have been in the tournament. But because they are, they have to be placed at their own arena because they are hosting the Midwest Regional. Behind a home crowd yesterday, #3 Wisconsin was able to knock off #2 Denver 6-2.
Northeast Regional Final (Worcester, Massachusetts)
4:30 pm: #2 Boston College vs. #3 Miami(OH)
Midwest Regional Final (Madison, Wisconsin)
7:00 pm: #1 North Dakota vs. #3 Wisconsin
*All times EST
Both games are televised live on ESPNU and should be seen on a Comcast Local channel if you have Comcast.
Notes: The CCHA is 6-1, the only loss coming because two CCHA teams were paired against eachother. Three of four teams still remain. The WCHA is 2-4, and only three of six teams remain. The Hockey East has one of two teams left in BC and is 1-1. The ECAC is 1-2, neither team remains. Both the CHA and AHA had one team that lost in it's first game.