After going 13-17-8 last season, Notre Dame will make its second NCAA Division I Frozen Four appearance in program history April 7 against Minnesota Duluth at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.
No. 11-ranked Notre Dame (25-13-5) advanced by beating host school New Hampshire 2-1 Sunday in the Northeast Regional final in Manchester, N.H., in front of a crowd of 5,906. Notre Dame finished second in the CCHA during the regular season, 2 points behind Michigan. In the CCHA playoffs, Miami of Ohio beat Notre Dame 6-2 in the semifinals, then Michigan beat Notre Dame 4-2 in the third-place game. The Fighting Irish, who were in the 2008 Frozen Four, are 4-4 the last eight games overall.
A News Tribune update on the Bulldogs, including a hit to the head on Jake Hendrickson, is here.
News Tribune photos provided from the East Regional here.
UMD had been in three previous Frozen Fours, the most recent in 2004 in Boston. The Bulldogs are 4-1 the last five games overall.
No. 9 UMD (24-10-6) advanced by defeating Union College 2-0 and Yale 5-3 in the East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn.
In a second WCHA-CCHA Frozen four semifinal, at 7:30 p.m., No. 2 North Dakota (32-8-3) plays No. 5 Michigan (28-10-4). Games are on ESPN2.
On Sunday, North Dakota eliminated Denver 6-1 in the Midwest Regional final in Green Bay, Wis., in front of 3,956 fans.
U.S. College Hockey Online has already started some Frozen Four chatter here.
At Green Bay’s Resch Center, the game was 1-1 after one period on goals by North Dakota’s Mario Lamoureux and Denver’s Jason Zucker (23). The rest of the way, Brett Hextall and Jake Marto had power-play goals, and Brad Malone had an empty-net goal. Goalie Aaron Dell set a North Dakota single-season record with a 30th win. Defenseman Chay Genoway had three assists. North Dakota led in shots 32-27.
At Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena, Notre Dame led 1-0 after one period on a Stephen Johns goal and 2-0 after two periods as Billy Mayday scored with 5 seconds left, and New Hampshire captain Mike Sislo (15) of Superior scored with 6:23 remaining in the game. Shots were 38-38. Notre Dame goalie Mike Johnson (20-9-4) had 37 saves.
Said Sislo: â€œ(Notre Dameâ€™s defense) were great the whole weekend. Their whole team made it tough getting one on net.â€