Frozen Four semifinals: From the Tampa press and more

2012 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal games are here: Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Union College vs. Ferris State (ESPNU) and at 7 p.m. Boston College vs. Minnesota (ESPN2), in 80-degree Tampa, Fla.

Minnesota Duluth will hold the title of NCAA champion until the conclusion of Saturday’s championship game. A banner hanging in the Tampa Bay Times Forum says it all for UMD fans in a photo here.

From the Tampa Times: match ups for BC-Minnesota here and Union and Ferris here.

And Tampa Times columnist Tom Jones writes about the passion of fans, and somehow works in the movie Fargo, in a piece here.

The Tampa Tribune features Minnesota defenseman Mark Alt, a former Cretin-Derham Hall quarterback, in a piece here and Union sophomore goalie Troy Grosenick in a story here.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a few stories on the Gophers, one from columnist Chip Scoggins here and on Minnesota’s underdog role vs. Boston College here and some notes on Minnesota’s season, which was buoyed early with two wins at Amsoil Arena here.

St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at how the Gophers, following a team meeting, got themselves ready for a post-season run here.

It has been 22 years since an ECAC school has gotten to the Division I title game. Will Union College make it? Ken Schott of the Schenectady (N.Y.) Daily Gazette has all the particulars on the Dutchmen right here.

The Detroit Free Press looks at how Division I coach of the year Bob Daniels built the Ferris State Bulldogs in a story here.

The Boston Globe notes that Boston College is top ranked and riding a 17-game win streak entering a semifinal with Minnesota in a story here.

Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey gives a look at the Gophers here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has Frozen Four semifinal picks here.

And Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has an update on another underclassman turning pro with goal-scorer Brock Nelson here and a signing by senior defenseman Ben Blood here.