Frozen Four Preview

Posted by David Minuk in CHL & NCAA,Game Report,News You Can Use on March 27, 2009 — 8 Comments

While the primary focus of college sports this time of year is on basketball’s March Madness it’s still pretty cold outside and that means that it’s time to focus on the Frozen Four. 

Last year’s champion Boston College Eagles lost to the Boston University (BU) Terriers in the Hockey East semi-finals and were eliminated from the tournament for the first time in seven years which means that this year will crown a new champion.

Regional play begins today and tomorrow.

In the Northeast (Manchester);

In the East (Bridgeport);

In the Midwest (Grand Rapids);

In the West (Minneapolis);

The National Semi-finals will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 9.  The first game will be played between the winners of the East and Northeast and game 2 between the winners of the Midwest and West. 

The National Championship will be on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00pm ET.

While I am no brackentologist here are my predictions for the Frozen Four;

Now I’m showing loyalty to my current state of residence (Michigan) which hasn’t missed the tournament since 1990 and I believe is currently tied with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in all time appearances with 32.  They also have the most NCAA championships at 9.  I’m looking to current Hobey Baker finalist and Woodbridge, Ontario native Louie Caporusso to do some major damage as he leads Michigan to the finals.  Michigan’s coach Red Berenson, in his 25 years of coaching, has shown that he knows what it takes to win.  Go Wolverines.

Wondering what other IC readers think will happen during this year’s Frozen Four.  Feel free to post your comments or predictions.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Kyle

    North Dakota wont make it out of their bracket, and may not be able to beat NH. Look for BU to make the Frozen 4 and take the crown.

  • Mikos

    Lots of chalk on the board but you need to erase Michigan as the Champs.

    Go Fighting Sioux or Terriers. (which are kinda chalky as well)

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Drew

    I’m just wondering why the Frozen Four is being played in Washington of all places.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    Kyle – why do you think North Dakota has no chance? I agree that BU is a pretty strong team but with the 1 and done nature of this tournament anything can happen.

    Mikos – I’d agree that my picks were pretty chalky. However I still think Michigan has a good chance.

    Drew – Just wait till 2012 when its played in Tampa. When I think Frozen Four, somehow Tampa just doesn’t come to mind.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Kyle

    David,

    I based my picks on having seen the Sioux play a lot over the years. I love those guys, but their ability to choke has Oileropian overtones. They look like a defeated bunch right now and the hand they were dealt looks to be too much. Even the coaches are skeptical about beating BU.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    With under 10 minutes to go in the 3rd period, Michigan is down 2-0 to Air Force. Oh boy.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Drew

    I thought the Frozen Four being in Tampa in 2012 was a joke. I smell next week’s rant. Now I just need to find a link to Gary Bettman.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    Tis True.

    2010: Detroit
    2011: Boston
    2012: Tampa Bay

    p.s. And there go the pretzels. Michigan is out despite outshooting Air Force by 30. Final score 2-0 for Air Force.