After a wild weekend of regional play, the stage is set for a star-studded Frozen Four at Tampa's Amalie Arena. Comprising the field will be three of the greatest programs in the history of college hockey in BC, Denver, and North Dakota, along with a program in Quinnipiac that has been the winningest in the sport over the past four years and is seeking its first national title.
BC and North Dakota have been regular Frozen Four attendees in recent years. This is a bit of a return-to-glory year for Denver after some down seasons. Quinnipiac made the Frozen Four in 2013, losing to Yale in an all-Connecticut national championship game.
Both semifinal games should be appointment viewing for any college hockey fan. Here's the TV schedule as set by ESPN and the NCAA. Once again, the national semifinals will air on ESPN2, while the national championship game will be on ESPN.
Semifinals - Thursday, April 7∫
5 PM: #1-seed Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. #2-seed Boston College Eagles (TV: ESPN2)
8:30 PM: #1-seed North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. #2-seed Denver Pioneers (TV: ESPN2)
NCAA Championship Game - Saturday, April 9∫
8:00 PM: Winner of semifinal #1 vs. Winner of semifinal #2 (TV: ESPN)