By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department
The NCAA Championship Game will feature at least one team with a Blues' prospect for the second year in a row.
Last year, Michigan State won the championship, though Blues' prospect Ryan Turek did not play in the tournament.
This season, Michigan (Aaron Palushaj) and Notre Dame (Ian Cole) will square off in one semifinal game after winning the East Regional bracket (Michigan) and the West Regional bracket (Notre Dame).
The other semifinal will pit Northeast Regional bracket winner Boston College against Midwest Regional bracket winner North Dakota and Blues' prospect T.J. Oshie. 2007 Development Camp attendee Ryan Duncan also skates for the Sioux, and could be signed as a free agent after the tournament ends.
North Dakota was the last team to reach the Frozen Four, gutting out a 3-2 OT win over Wisconsin earlier this evening. The Badgers took an early 2-0 lead, but North Dakota came back to tie it up in the third period, with Oshie assisting on Duncan's game-tying goal. Oshie also won a key faceoff in the overetime that set up the game-winner.
The seminfinal matchups will take place at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM MDT (3:00 and 6:00 CDT) on Thursday, April 10 in Denver, with the Championship Game to be played at 5:00 PM MDT (4:00 CDT) on Saturday, April 12.