With the Blues' prospects in
Chicago Rosemont working their way back into the AHL playoff picture after a three-game weekend sweep, and all Blues' prospects in major junior taking part in the postseason in their various leagues (with Sam Kurker in the USHL soon to follow), the spring of 2015 has the potential to be very memorable for the Blues' organization.
It will definitely be memorable for three of the Blues' collegiate prospects, who over the weekend punched their tickets to the Frozen Four in Boston.
Shipping up to Boston: UND wins regional final 4-1Courtesy: Virg Foss, UNDsports.com, 03/28/2015
FARGO, N.D. -- When ESPN TV analyst Dave Starman was previewing the NCAA West Region men's hockey championship game between North Dakota and fellow NCHC foe St. Cloud State tonight, he made mention of the fact this would be the sixth time the two teams have played.
He said that the teams know everything about each other.
"The game will be decided more on will than skill," Starman predicted.
How right he was.
Rooted on by a roaring sellout crowd of 5,307 at Scheels Arena, the largest crowd in the facility's history, UND battled its way to the NCAA Frozen Four for the second straight year and 21st time in school history, where it will seek its eighth NCAA title.
As predicted by Starman, it seemed like North Dakota willed itself to victory, beating the Huskies 4-1 to capture the region title and advance to the Frozen Four in Boston April 9-11.
Three-Goal Third Period Sends Providence To Frozen Four With 4-1 Win Over Denver
Freshman defenseman Jake Walman has three assists for FriarsCourtesy: Hockey East Online.com, 03/29/2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- For the first time 30 years, the Providence College men's hockey is headed to the Frozen Four after defeating the University of Denver, 4-1, in the East Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center (6,326).
Providence (24-13-2) was led offensively by a pair of power-play goals, including the game-winning goal by Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) at 14:59 of the third period, to propel the team to its fourth Frozen Four appearance in program history. It was Parisi's first career game-wining goal.
The Friars special teams continued to be a factor in the game through the second period. Acciari netted the game's first goal at 14:22 of the period while the Friars were on the power play. Jake Walman (Toronto, Ontario) set up the play from the blue line as he connected a pass to Shane Luke (Dauphin, Manitoba). Luke then fed Acciari with the puck, as the Friars captain was standing right along the goal line right outside of the Denver goaltender, Tanner Jaillet. Acciari's backhander slid through Jaillet's pads and crossed the Denver goal line for a 1-0 Providence lead.
Photo by Richimagesphotography.com, on the Hockeyeastonline.com website
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