April 5, 2009
NCAA Tournament

Frozen Four | Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, April 9

5 p.m. ET: Bemidji State vs. Miami (ESPN2 - HD)

8:30 p.m. ET: Boston University vs. Vermont (ESPN2 - HD)

Saturday, April 11

7 p.m. ET: National Championship (ESPN - HD)

BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS

Location: Bemidji, Minn.
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, 2.16, .921)
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 weekend.
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.

Most Recent Bemidji State Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
13-Tyler Scofield 19-Matt Read 17-Matt Francis Ben Kinne (8 goals), Brandon Marino (7) and Travis Winter (6) are Bemidji State's most dangerous scorers outside of the top line.
28-Jamie MacQueen 8-Travis Winter 26-Tyler Lehrke
20-Ben Kinne 11-Shea Walters 15-Ryan Cramer
22-Ian Lowe 23-Chris McKelvie 21-Brandon Marino
Defense Defense Goalies
29-Brad Hunt 7-Cody Bostock 1-Matt Dalton Junior defenseman Chris Peluso is the only NHL-drafted player on the Beavers' roster.
9-Chris Peluso 5-Graham McManamin 35-Orlando Alamando
3-Ryan Adams 27-Kyle Hardwick 33-Dan Bakala

BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS

Location: Boston, Mass.
Record: 33-6-4 overall (18-5-4 Hockey East, first)
Qualified: Hockey East tournament champions
NCAA Championships: Four (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995)
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 seconds remaining.
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 happen.
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?

Most Recent Boston University Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
10-Chris Higgins 33-Colin Wilson 21-Jason Lawrence 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.
15-John McCarthy 13-Nick Bonino 18-Brandon Yip
12-Chris Connolly 9-Corey Trivino 27-Vinny Saponari
11-Zach Cohen 26-Luke Popko 8-Steve Smolinsky
Defense Defense Goalies
7-Brian Strait 97-Matt Gilroy 31-Kieran Millan Millan's only regular-season loss of the year came Nov. 22 against Vermont.
25-Colby Cohen 3-Kevin Shattenkirk 35-Grant Rollheiser
5-David Warsofsky 2-Eric Gryba 32-Adam Kraus

MIAMI REDHAWKS

Location: Oxford, Ohio
Record: 22-12-5 overall (17-7-4 CCHA, tied for second)
Qualified: At-large berth
NCAA Championships:
None
NCAA Appearance: Seventh (most recent, 2007)
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 Michigan.
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.

Most Recent Miami Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
23-Alden Hirschfeld 11-Carter Camper 9-Tommy Wingels Miami 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
22-Justin Vaive 13-Trent Vogelhuber 28-Bill Loupee
16-Justin Mercier 20-Pat Cannone 15-Brian Kaufman
12-Gary Steffes 17-Andy Miele 19-Jarod Palmer
Defense Defense Goalies
5-Cameron Schilling 24-Kevin Roeder 30-Cody Reichard Miami's defensemen have just nine goals this year, and only one in the last 10 games.
27-Matt Tomassoni 14-Vincent LoVerde 31-Connor Knapp
6-Chris Wideman 4-Will Weber  

VERMONT CATAMOUNTS

Location: Burlington, Vt.
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, 1997)
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.

Most Recent Vermont Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
10-Colin Vock 8-Dean Strong 9-Wahsontiio Stacey 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.
18-Viktor Stalberg 14-Brian Roloff 7-Justin Milo
3-Peter Lenes 17-Matt Marshall 13-Corey Carlson
21-Jack Downing 25-Jonathan Higgins 11-Chris Atkinson
Defense Defense Goalies
4-Patrick Cullity 22-Josh Burrows 29-Rob Madore 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.
6-Kyle Medvec 15-Kevan Miller 31-Mike Spillane
2-Drew MacKenzie 28-Dan Lawson 1-John Vazzano