Minnesota and Boston College rounded out the Frozen Four today in Division I college hockey -- Minnesota beat North Dakota 5-2 to avenge a loss in the WCHA championship game a week ago, and perennial power BC of Hockey East knocked off defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth of the WCHA, 4-0.
That gives us a Frozen Four -- two weeks from now in Tampa -- of first-timers Union of the ECAC and Ferris State of the CCHA, and perennial heavyweights Minnesota (not so much the last few years) and BC.
Minnesota won national titles in 2002 and 2003 under current coach Don Lucia, the former UAF head coach and UAA assistant coach who has taken some heat from Gopher fans -- this Frozen Four should shut them up for, say, three weeks if the Gophers don't win it all, three months if they do.
Boston College under Jerry York won the title in 2010, 2008 and 2001 (he also won with Bowling Green in 1984), and was runner-up in 2007 (to Michigan State), 2006 (to Wisconsin), 2000 (to North Dakota) and 1998 (to Michigan). So, that's a decent little program coach York has put together.
That's a Frozen Four of one team from the WCHA, one from the CCHA, one from Hockey East and one from the ECAC.
For those of you keeping score, here's how each conference has done in the NCAAs this go-round:
Hockey East 3-3
Atlantic Hockey 0-1