Monday, March 30, 2015

Frozen Four field set

RIT, which stunned top-overall seed Minnesota State on Saturday, gave Omaha all it could handle in the finals of the Midwest Regional on Sunday in South Bend, but the red Mavericks prevailed with four goals in the third period and a 40-save (40!) performance from goalie Ryan Massa in a 4-0 win over the Tigers.

RIT had half that many shots against Minnesota State on Friday but won 2-1, becoming the first 16 seed to knock off No. 1 since the field was expanded from 12 to 16 in 2003.

So the Frozen Four field is all set, with Omaha, North Dakota, Boston University and Providence all advancing out of this weekend's regionals. Two NCHC teams, two Hockey East teams.

On Thursday, April 9, in Boston, Omaha will play Providence, followed by North Dakota against Boston University, and the two winners will square off on April 11 for the national championship.

By the way, Massa, who also stopped 33 of 34 shots on Saturday against Harvard, was named the regional's Most Outstanding Player. The All-Tournament Team also included Omaha forward Jake Randolph and defenseman Brian Cooper; RIT forward Josh Mitchell (who scored the controversial game-winner against MSU) and defenseman Alex Kuqali; and Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey.

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