The Frozen Four was back at the X for the first time since 2002. In game one, Minnesota-Duluth took on Notre Dame. A close match up with one exception: UMD’s special teams. They had a Power Play that was beautifully executed with pin point passing. It really was a great display of puck movement. The Dawgs held on in the third to win 4-3.
Game two was an even better game, with NoDak taking on Michigan. I’m no Michigan fan, although I never miss a chance to see the Wolverines play when they venture up to Fairbanks. They are always in the top tier of college hockey, and the quality of play is simply above most programs. NoDak, on the other hand, I detest with a passion. The idea of North Dakota winning a National Championship on Minnesota Ice was so repulsive, that I had to root for Michigan. They came in with The Game plan to beat NoDak, and executed it perfectly. It was a physical game, where Michigan outworked the Sioux in the corners, behind the net and at the blue line. Not to mention the fact that Shawn Hunwick had a great game between the pipes for Michigan.
Personally, I think the Bull Dogs will have their hands full with the Wolverines, but UMD DOES have a chance against them. UMD arguably have the best single line in the country and great special teams. Their goal tender will have to come through, and not make the mistakes he made against ND.
Should be a great game.