Frozen Four | Washington, D.C.
Thursday, April 9
5 p.m. ET: Bemidji State vs. Miami (ESPN2 -
8:30 p.m. ET: Boston University vs. Vermont
(ESPN2 - HD)
Saturday, April 11
7 p.m. ET: National Championship (ESPN - HD)
Record: 20-15-1 overall (12-5-1 CHA, first)
Qualified: CHA tournament champions
NCAA Championships: None
NCAA Appearance: Third (most recent, 2006)
Frozen Four Appeance: First
Head Coach: Tom Serratore
Key Players: Matt Read, F, So. (36 GP,
14-25—39); Tyler Scofield, F, Sr. (34 GP, 22-16—38);
Brad Hunt, D, Fr. (9-23—32); Matt Dalton, G, So. (19-10-1,
How They Got Here: Bemidji State played
a masterful weekend in defeating Notre Dame 5-1 and Cornell
4-1 in the Midwest Regional at Grand Rapids, Mich. Matt
Dalton made 59 saves on 61 shots in the two games and Tyler
Scofield had six points, recording two goals and an assist
in each victory.
What You Need
to Know: The College Hockey America champions were
probably the most impressive team of any in the regionals,
but took different routes to each victory. They scored two
first-period goals in the win over Notre Dame, and then
rallied from a one-goal deficit against Cornell.
How They'll Advance: The Beavers need to
keep on doing what's worked for them, and that was playing
excellent overall defense in front of goalie Matt Dalton.
The Beavers made great reads, made safe, smart plays with
the puck and checked their assignments. If defense wins
championships, the Beavers shouldn't be counted out this
What Might Trip Them Up: Most of the team's
scoring has come from one line in the NCAA Tournament, as
the trio of Tyler Scofield, Matt Read and Matt Francis combined
to score six of Bemidji State's nine goals at the regional.
All of the teams are good when you get to this point in
the season. If Miami or either potential championship game
opponent takes away that first line, the Beavers will have
to find other options.
Recent Bemidji State Line Chart
||Ben Kinne (8 goals), Brandon
Marino (7) and Travis Winter (6) are Bemidji State's
most dangerous scorers outside of the top line.
||Junior defenseman Chris Peluso
is the only NHL-drafted player on the Beavers' roster.
Record: 33-6-4 overall (18-5-4 Hockey East,
Qualified: Hockey East tournament champions
NCAA Championships: Four (1971, 1972, 1978,
NCAA Appearance: 31st (most recent, 2007)
Frozen Four Appearance: 21st
Head Coach: Jack Parker
Key Players: Colin Wilson, F, So. (41 GP,
15-37—52); Nick Bonino, F, So. (40 GP, 17-30—47);
Matt Gilroy, D, Sr. (43 GP, 8-28—36); Kieran Millan,
G, Fr. (27-2-3, 1.85, .923)
How They Got Here: The Northeast Regional
showed that BU is talented enough to post the biggest rout
of the tournament thus far, and poised enough to survive
a tight game against a team that probably deserved to win.
The Terriers beat Ohio State, 8-3, after building a 6-0
lead, and edged UNH, 2-1, when a cross-crease power-play
pass was deflected in by a Wildcat penalty killer with 15
What You Need to Know: The most dominant team in
the regular season is seeking its fifth tournament title
of the 2008-09 season. They won the IceBreaker to start
the year, the Denver Cup at the turn of the new year, the
Beanpot in February and the Hockey East championship in
March. They only lost on back-to-back nights once all year
(against Vermont, Nov. 21-22) and had a 13-game unbeaten
streak to close the regular season (10-0-3).
How They'll Advance: In the two games the
Terriers lost to Vermont earlier this season, the Terriers
scored the game's first goal but Vermont responded to lead
2-1 after the first period. UVM scored the eventual winners
in the third period. With that in mind, the Terriers need
to step on the gas should they score first by getting the
next goal and putting the pressure on Vermont to make something
What Might Trip Them Up: The Terriers were
victimized by UVM's special teams in the regular-season
losses back in November – the Catamounts went 4-for-8
on the power play and scored a short-handed goal. The Terriers
would do well to shed their propensity for ill-advised penalties.
BU hasn't played its best hockey of the year in the last
few weeks, but has still done enough to advance. Close wins
over UMass Lowell in the Hockey East final and New Hampshire
in the Northeast Region final went in favor of the Terriers.
Might their close-game fortune run out?
Recent Boston University Line Chart
||The improved play of Trivino,
according to head coach Jack Parker, has made a big
difference for the Terriers' all-freshman third line.
Trivino scored in both games in the regional.
||Millan's only regular-season
loss of the year came Nov. 22 against Vermont.
Record: 22-12-5 overall (17-7-4 CCHA, tied
Qualified: At-large berth
NCAA Championships: None
NCAA Appearance: Seventh (most recent,
Frozen Four Appearance: First
Head Coach: Enrico Blasi
Key Players: Carter Camper, F, So. (38
GP, 20-20—40); Pat Cannone, F, So. (39 GP, 11-24—35);
Andy Miele, F, So. (39 GP, 15-14—29); Chris Wideman,
D, Fr. (37 GP, 0-26—26).
How They Got Here: Like every other team
in the Frozen Four, Miami won two games at its regional
– in the RedHawks' case, they downed WCHA opponents
Denver and Minnesota Duluth in the West Regional in Minneapolis.
Unlike everyone else, however, Miami needed to shake the
memories of a lackluster four-week stretch to close the
season. During that period, the RedHawks went 2-4-1 and
were bounced from the CCHA tournament quarterfinals by Northern
What You Need to Know: The RedHawks have platooned
goalies for the majority of the season, with freshmen Connor
Knapp and Cody Reichard more or less splitting duties. Knapp
has made three more starts and has more wins than Reichard,
but Reichard has a better save percentage and was the starter
for both games in Minneapolis.
How They'll Advance: This team's strength
is its balance. That depth makes it difficult for opposing
coaches to match lines, and it's tough to wear them down.
Also, Miami is traditionally one of the best penalty-killing
teams in the country – the RedHawks enter the Frozen
Four ranked second nationally in that category. If your
opponent is deeper than you five on five and wins 90 percent
of its penalty kills, you're in for a long night.
What Might Trip Them Up:
During its two significant skids this season – a five-game
losing streak in January and the aforementioned 2-4-1 stretch,
the RedHawks struggled to score goals. In those 12 games,
Miami registered a total of 23 goals. Failing to score early
or running into a hot goalie may cause the RedHawks, who've
peppered netminders on a few occasions this season only
to lose, to squeeze the sticks a bit. What's more, the scoring
burden falls almost solely on the forwards.
Recent Miami Line Chart
has nine players with 20 or more points and six players
with 10-plus goals. The RedHawks' top three lines are
capable scoring units.10-Alexandre Lacombe
defensemen have just nine goals this year, and only
one in the last 10 games.
Record: 20-11-5 overall (15-8-4 Hockey
East, tied for third)
Qualified: At-large berth
NCAA Championships: None
NCAA Appearance: Fourth (most recent,
Frozen Four Appearance: Second
Head Coach: Kevin Sneddon
Key Players: Viktor Stalberg, F, Jr.
(38 GP, 24-21—45); Peter Lenes, F, Sr. (38 GP, 15-16—31);
Brian Roloff, F, Jr. (38 GP, 10-18—28); Rob Madore,
G, Fr. (15-9-4, 2.25, .916)
How They Got Here: The Catamounts had
to play extra time – literally – to get here,
as several minutes of playing elapsed after Dan Lawson
scored what video review proved to be the overtime winner
in the quarterfinals against Air Force. It was Lawson’s
second goal of the game, making him the only multiple-goal
scorer for Vermont on the weekend. They used that offensive
balance and two solid efforts from freshman Rob Madore
in net to beat Yale, the ECAC Hockey champs (and “home”
team in the regional), and Air Force.
What You Need to Know: The only team to beat
Boston University twice this season, Vermont could make
life miserable for the heavily favored Terriers. Forward
Viktor Stalberg is the dynamic presence up front, this
year’s answer to Martin St. Louis on the Catamounts’
previous Frozen Four appearance. Stalberg doesn’t
have a running mate like St. Louis had in Eric Perrin,
but Vermont can spread its next-best offensive players
throughout the top three lines.
How They'll Advance: The Catamounts are
accustomed to playing close, hard-fought games like they
are likely to see this weekend. While, like the rest of
the field, this stage is new to them, you get the sense
that their leaders will help them manage the pressure.
They seemed to get stronger as the Air Force game stretched
to one, then two overtimes. That comes from the poise
of seniors Peter Lenes and Dean Strong and the unflappable
nature of head coach Kevin Sneddon.
What Might Trip Them Up: Vermont’s
penalty kill was perfect last weekend, but that’s
been far from the norm for a group ranked 42nd in the
nation. If that sounds like a mismatch against BU’s
potent power play, it is – the Terriers scored on
six of 15 opportunities in the team’s three meetings.
Should UVM survive the PK, they still don’t match
BU’s talent and depth, although they have overcome
that in the last two meetings.
Recent Vermont Line Chart
||Milo gets a lot of media
attention for his baseball ability, but the Cornell
transfer is an underrated complement to Stalberg on
the right wing.
||Lawson's net-splitting OT
goal was no fluke – he’s got a bomb from
the point that has him fifth on the team in goals.