The four teams heading to Tampa, FL in a couple of weeks is now set. Quinnipiac, joins North Dakota, Boston College and Denver as the participants of the 2016 Frozen Four. For Denver and North Dakota, each club is seeking its eighth national championship. Boston College, who last won the tournament in 2012, is looking for its sixth. Quinnipiac, the top overall seed, is making its second appearance in the last four years. Denver scored a total of 13 goals in the West Regional in St. Paul. Will Butcher scored twice for the Pioneers on Saturday against Boston University in Denver's 7-2 win. Butcher was held without a point in Sunday's 6-3 win over Ferris State, but the junior defenseman was a calm presence for Denver on the blue line and did create a few offensive opportunities.
Speaking of Ferris State, the club was coming off an upset of West Regional top seed St. Cloud State on Saturday. The Bulldogs never trailed the Huskies in the game, but SCSU forced overtime with two goals in the third period. Jared VanWormer completed the upset with a goal just 18 seconds into the first overtime session. Ben Storm, who didn't see a lot of time in the contest, was even for the game.
Lastly, we recap Michigan's fall from the NCAA tournament. The Wolverines managed to scape by Notre Dame on a Tyler Motte goal in overtime on Friday. JT Compher had the primary assist.
On Saturday, against North Dakota, the Wolverines were consistently behind and defensive miscues turned into prime opportunities for the Fighting Hawks. Compher did help to erase two one-goal deficits for Michigan, but a costly mis-handle of the puck turned into a goal for UND. The 5-2 loss ends the season for Michigan and likely prematurely the careers of a handful of Wolverines players, including Compher. It's likely the Avalanche will push to get Compher into the fold in due time.
Looking forward, the schedule for the two April 7th semi-final games is as follows:
Boston College vs Quinnipiac - 3:00 PM MST - ESPN2
Denver (W. Butcher) vs North Dakota - 6:30 PM MST - ESPN2