Minnesota defeated North Dakota, 5-2, Sunday in the NCAA West Regional final to advance to the 2012 Frozen Four. The Gophers, who last made the Frozen Four in 2005, will play No. 1 seed Boston College in the national semifinals April 5 in Tampa. Ben Marshall, Erik Haula, Taylor Matson, Travis Boyd and Nate Condon all scored for the Gophers. Read the recap at GopherSports.com.
Minnesota moved on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 7-3 victory over Boston University on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. The Gophers never trailed in the see-saw affair to capture their first tournament win in five calendar years. Minnesota will play North Dakota at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com and view the interactive NCAA bracket.
Michigan and Michigan State were eliminated from the NCAA tournament Friday night. The Wolverines lost in overtime to Cornell, while the Spartans fell to Union. Read recaps in this post and view the interactive NCAA bracket.
Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State are three of the 16 men’s hockey teams in the NCAA Tournament that leads to the Frozen Four. Michigan (9), Minnesota (5), and Michigan State (3) have combined for 17 NCAA championships. There’s more info at NCAA.com’s hockey section, including a great interactive bracket with game times and TV info.
(AP) Sarah Erickson scored two goals, Noora Raty stopped 42 shots and Minnesota beat Wisconsin 4-2 in the NCAA women’s hockey final on Sunday. Amanda Kessel and Emily West also scored for Minnesota, which won its third national title and first since the 2004-05 season.
The Internet’s hockey fans are abuzz today because it’s the 32nd anniversary of the day the U.S. Olympic hockey team beat the Soviet Union on the way to winning the gold medal (USA Hockey is doing a number of things on their Facebook page). The observation of the anniversary reminded us of two things related to the Big Ten. First, we recently profiled the late Herb Brooks on “Big Ten Icons” and you can watch the clip in this post.
Thanks to great special teams effort, including two power play goals, the 5th-ranked Wolverines notched a big victory against 20th-ranked Northern Michigan, 4-1. Watch the highlights now and tune to BTN at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday for women’s ice hockey action as Ohio State faces off against Wisconsin.