St. Cloud State and Herbie; Frozen Four predictions; Mankato in the new WCHA; Don Granato; Alex Iafallo

As Frozen Four Thursday approaches on Thursday, the St. Cloud Times traces St. Cloud State’s Division I roots to coach Herb Brooks in a story here.

College Hockey News makes Frozen Four game picks here.

U.S. College Hockey Online looks at the Yale and Massachusetts-Lowell match up here.

Retired Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan says he’s looking forward to the Frozen Four in a Globe column here.

SB Nation reports that Massachusetts-Lowell is the Frozen Four favorite in Las Vegas in a story here.

U.S. College Hockey Online features St. Cloud State in a story here.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post notes that USA U-18 coach Don Granato is a candidate to replace George Gwozdecky as Denver’s coach in a story here.

And columnist Terry Frei of the Denver Post takes a poke at the administration of Denver, a private school, in its handling of the Gwozdecky firing here.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press, looking toward the reborn 10-team WCHA for 2013-14, which will likely have Minnesota State-Mankato as a preseason favorite in a story  here.

Minnesota Duluth recruit Alex Iafallo of the Fargo (N.D.) Force was named U.S. Hockey League co-forward of the week after recording six points in two weekend games. A league news release is here.