Frozen Four week

After a week to recover from regional play, the Frozen Four teams can see the finish line straight ahead and the hype has started in earnest for the 2011 NCAA tournament. Semifinal games are Thursday, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award to be presented Friday and the title game Saturday — all at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.

Media outlets are cranking out stories as Minnesota Duluth prepares to face Notre Dame, and North Dakota readies to play Michigan.

College Hockey News has Monday updates on UMD here and Notre Dame here and here, and looks at Michigan here and North Dakota here.

The News Tribune notes that UMD will finish 2010-11 never having lost more than one game in a row in a story here.

The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune catches up with a Notre Dame senior class that started its college career with a Frozen Four trip in 2008 in a story here.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune takes a look at UMD captain Mike Montgomery here.

U.S. College Hockey Online also previews the Frozen Four entrants; UMD here, Notre Dame here, North Dakota here and Michigan here.

The Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald and University of New Hampshire report that New Hampshire senior winger Mike Sislo of Superior has signed a free-agent contract with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils here and here.

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