Thursday, April 8, 2010

Frozen Four has MSU flavor

Two Minnesota State hockey players will be at the Frozen Four this weekend in Detroit. Men's senior forward Zach Harrison (above) and women's senior forward Ashley Young (right) will be competing in the Frozen Four Skills Challenge on Friday evening at Ford Field.

Both players will be competing for the West region. Both the West and the East have eight men (six skaters, two goalies) and eight women, and players will compete in a variety of events. Both Mavs said the weren't certain as to what events they will be competing in, but Harrison, not surprisingly, said he'd probably be in the fastest skater contest, while Young figured to be in one of the shooting events.

Read more about the Challenge here.

Both players said they were told that the Challenge would be televised on ESPNU. However, I have not been able to find the listing. The Hobey Baker Award ceremony, which precedes the Skills Challenge, will be on live at 6 p.m. If anyone has more information on the TV situation, please let PucKato know.

As for the Frozen Four itself, there is plenty of good reading out there. Andy Baggott of the Wisconsin State Journal and continues to provide a ton of outstanding coverage, including this piece on Hobey-hopeful Blake Geoffrion. I've been following Geoffrion's Twitter postings, which has been kind of fun this week.

In other news, Miami appears to be getting tired of getting questions about last season's Frozen Four meltdown, but you can't blame the media for trying to figure out what has made this team so strong this year. ... The story with RIT, of course, is the fact that it hasn't turned into a pumpkin yet. ...  As for Boston College, the Eagles, like the other teams, are curious to see how hockey plays in an indoor football stadium.

The Detroit News has put together a list of more Frozen Four storylines to follow.

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