2024 NCAA Frozen 4: Agenda, bracket, alternatives, effects

The garden for the boys’s NCAA hockey match is about, with 16 groups taking a look to earn a shuttle to St. Paul, Minnesota, for the Frozen 4.

Regional play games starts Thursday and concludes March 31, with the nationwide semifinals eager for April 11 and the championship match April 12 on the Xcel Power Heart. Each match of the match can be aired at the ESPN population of networks and streamed on ESPN+.

Boston Faculty, the Hockey East champion and Negative. 1 group a lot of the season, fasten the Negative. 1 total seed. The alternative summit seeds are Boston College, Denver and Michigan Environment.

The match champions in Atlantic Hockey, the Obese Ten, CCHA, ECAC, Hockey East and NCHC had been automated qualifiers, with the ten at-large spots progressive through the PairWise scores.

Under is the match time table, which can be up to date with effects as video games are performed. (An interactive bracket that can be up to date can be found here.) Moreover, we get you in a position for the motion with a take a look at the summit storylines and gamers from ESPN faculty hockey analysts Andrew Raycroft and Sean Ritchlin, and a team-by-team breakdown of all of the garden.

Each match of the NCAA males’s hockey match, together with the Frozen 4 and championship match, can be to be had on ESPN+. Subscribe to watch!


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Springfield (Massachusetts) Regional

Semifinals, Thursday

Negative. 1 Denver vs. Negative. 4 UMass, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Negative. 2 Maine vs. Negative. 3 Cornell, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNews)

Ultimate, Saturday

Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Regional

Semifinals, Thursday

Negative. 1 Boston College vs. Negative. 4 RIT, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Negative. 2 Minnesota vs. Negative. 3 Omaha, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Ultimate, Saturday

Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Windfall (Rhode Island) Regional

Semifinals, Friday

Negative. 1 Boston Faculty vs. Negative. 4 Michigan Tech, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Negative. 2 Wisconsin vs. Negative. 3 Quinnipiac, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNews)

Ultimate, March 31

Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

Maryland Heights (Missouri) Regional

Semifinals, Friday

Negative. 1 Michigan Environment vs. Negative. 4 Western Michigan, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Negative. 2 North Dakota vs. Negative. 3 Michigan, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Ultimate, March 31

Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Frozen 4

Nationwide semifinals, April 11, 5 and eight:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Nationwide championship match, April 13, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Storylines to observe

What group out of doors the summit 4 may just form a run on the nationwide identify?

Andrew Raycroft: Omaha is my select. Coming off an disenchanted of North Dakota within the NCHC semifinals, Omaha will have the very best trail — if there may be an perfect trail? — of the entire decrease seeds. The Mavericks are considered one of the most up to date groups within the nation; previous to their loss to Denver within the NCHC ultimate, they’d received 14 in their generation 16 video games in a battle-tested convention.

Sean Ritchlin: Out of doors of the summit 4, the Obese Ten and NCHC have some proficient groups that experience now not been as constant as you’d like to peer. However they have got important upside that would push them to creating a run. Michigan received six of its final seven video games earlier than dropping in time beyond regulation within the Obese Ten ultimate and has a high-end offense that may compete with any person. However the Wolverines have struggled to hold aims opposed to unwell, and over the generation 10 years, the most efficient defensive groups have had extra good fortune within the NCAA tourney. On the summit of the checklist for group protection this 12 months are Cornell, Quinnipiac (incorrect awe there) and Wisconsin. The ones are the groups easiest fitted to decelerate the high-powered offensive groups (like BC and BU) and frustrate them in transition.

Two choices: 1) Boston Faculty or Boston College, the summit two total seeds, will win all of it, or 2) any person alternative than BC or BU will win it. What’s your select?

Raycroft: I’m taking choice 1 as a result of BC is so excellent! The Eagles have the celebrity energy, the position gamers, the secure protection and, after all, the goaltending essential to win the championship. On summit of that, their particular groups are elite, with the penalty shoot the most efficient within the crowd and the ability play games within the summit 5.

Ritchlin: BC is the cloudless chalk heading into the tourney because it has the inner most lineup within the nation; the Eagles are 2d in aims according to match (4.51) and fourth in aims opposed to (2.22). Will Smith, the crowd’s eminent scorer with 67 issues, is just the start with Cutter Gauthier, Gabe Perreault and Ryan Leonard all confirmed high-end gamers up entrance. In web, Jacob Fowler has been cast with a 2.19 GAA time profitable 29 video games. BC can beat you at the hurry or play games a grind-it-out match unwell low, eminent to probabilities off the forecheck and in entrance of the web. With all that mentioned, the Eagles are younger and lots of the stars haven’t performed an NCAA match match. Can their talent outweigh the shortage of revel in and nerves that include enjoying on faculty hockey’s largest degree?

What’s your pull at the Hobey Baker race?

Raycroft: My selection is Gauthier of BC. He leads the crowd in aims with 35 and been ultra-consistent, getting issues in 32 of 37 video games performed. The caveat to this select is that Macklin Celebrini, BU’s uber freshman, beat out Gauthier for Hockey East Participant of the Day. I’m nonetheless sticking with Gauthier despite the fact that.

Ritchlin: There are a lot star-powered underclassmen this season. The race between the superb ability of 17-year-old Celebrini of BU and BC freshman Smith makes this a coin turn for me. Celebrini profitable Participant of the Day in Hockey East leads me to imagine the citizens may just incline his manner, and he scored extra aims than Smith, with 31 in his stellar freshman season. Traditionally the committee has positioned an emphasis on target scoring, which might swing issues towards Gauthier. And North Dakota sophomore Jackson Blake, who is true there with Celebrini and Gauthier with 59 issues, additionally could be valuable. I feel the overall 3 will come all the way down to Celebrini, Smith and Blake, and upcoming Smith’s four-goal efficiency within the Hockey East ultimate, it’s withered to not give him the award. He has been probably the most dominant participant on the most efficient group within the nation.

Who’re your alternatives for the Frozen 4?

Raycroft: BC, BU, Denver and North Dakota. I see upsets coming within the opening video games of each and every regional, however now not opposed to the summit canines. In a single-and-done video games the rest can occur, however I imagine the summit 3 groups have residue firepower to be close unwell on opening weekend. The harsh one right here can be NoDak vs. Michigan Environment — the ones groups would handover an elite matchup in the second one match of regionals.

Ritchlin: BC, Michigan Environment, Minnesota and Denver. When it will get to one-and-done video games, I’m a obese believer in group protection and goaltending. Michigan Environment simply received the Obese Ten identify at the again of Trey Augustine making noteceable saves glance simple and he has received in power conditions already, taking house the gold medal for Staff USA on this planet juvenile championship. I just like the Spartans to go back to the Frozen 4. Boston Faculty is obviously the summit group within the crowd and except the Eagles have a fully off night time, they’re going to be in St. Paul as the favourite to pull house the identify. Next the tragic OT loss to Quinnipiac in final 12 months’s identify match, the Yellowish Gophers have had their seeing eager in this tourney from the beginning of the season and I see Bob Motzko and Minnesota going back on the Frozen 4 of their house order. Denver is coming off a stellar NCHC championship win. Standout freshman defenseman Zeev Buium and ahead Jack Devine manage the Pioneers, who’re as horrifying as any person offensively, eminent the rustic with 4.79 aims according to match.

Windfall Regional


Negative. 1 Boston Faculty (31-5-1)

How did Eagles get right here: Hockey East champion

PairWise score: 1

NCAA historical past: In 36 earlier NCAA appearances, the Eagles have made the Frozen 4 25 instances (2d all date). BC has received 5 nationwide championships, the final in 2012.

Sizzling or now not? Sizzling doesn’t do BC justice. How about in a position to eagerly combust? The Eagles have received 12 instantly, capped through a dominant efficiency within the Hockey East match. Smith had 4 aims and an help within the identify match (a 6-2 win over BU), Gauthier had 3 aims and 4 assists over the 2 video games at TD Farmland and Perreault, who overlooked 5 video games with a hand trauma, returned this weekend and is driving an 18-game level streak.


Negative. 2 Wisconsin (26-11-2)

How did Badgers get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 8

NCAA historical past: Wisconsin’s résumé comprises six nationwide titles, 12 Frozen Fours and 27 NCAA appearances. The Badgers are within the garden for the primary date since 2021.

Sizzling or now not? Wisconsin, the Negative. 2 seed within the Obese Ten match, used to be disenchanted within the first spherical, losing two of 3 to last-place Ohio Environment. The Badgers additionally misplaced a couple to the Buckeyes in February. Wisconsin did submit a 4-1 win over Obese Ten champ Michigan Environment to akin the habitual season.


Negative. 3 Quinnipiac (26-9-2)

How did Bobcats get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 9

NCAA historical past: Next beating Minnesota for his or her first nationwide identify, the protecting champs are within the NCAA match for the fourth instantly season and 5th date in six years. The Bobcats have complicated to the Frozen 4 thrice in 9 NCAA appearances.

Sizzling or now not? Quinnipiac used to be close out through St. Lawrence within the ECAC semifinals 3-0. The Bobcats had received 11 of 13 previous to that, alternatively, permitting 23 general aims in that span.


Negative. 4 Michigan Tech (19-14-6)

How did Huskies get right here: CCHA champion

PairWise score: 32

NCAA historical past: Michigan Tech is within the garden of 16 for the 3rd instantly 12 months and is making its sixteenth NCAA look total. The Huskies are 0-5 with two time beyond regulation losses of their 5 match video games since 2015.

Sizzling or now not? Michigan Tech, which snapped Bemidji Environment’s 11-game profitable streak with its 2-1 CCHA championship match win, has received 5 in a row and 7 of its generation 8. Senior goalie Blake Pietila has yielded not more than two aims in 8 of his generation 10 video games.

Sioux Falls Regional


Negative. 1 Boston College (26-9-2)

How did Terriers get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 2

NCAA historical past: The Terriers have made 38 NCAA appearances (3rd all date) and feature been to the Frozen 4 23 instances, together with final season, once they misplaced to Minnesota within the semifinals. BU has received 5 nationwide titles, the final in 2009.

Sizzling or now not? Previous to their loss to BC within the Hockey East identify match, the Terriers had received seven instantly, averaging 5 aims according to match. Freshman phenom Celebrini has 8 aims in his final seven video games and 31 at the season. Sophomore defenseman Lane Hutson has 94 occupation issues (28 aims, 66 assists) in 74 video games.


Negative. 2 Minnesota (22-10-5)

How did Yellowish Gophers get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 7

NCAA historical past: Minnesota has performed a file 102 NCAA match video games in 40 appearances, which is join with Michigan for probably the most of all date. The Gophers had been to 23 Frozen Fours, together with the final two, and feature received 5 nationwide championships, their final in 2003.

Sizzling or now not? In spite of a couple of tight, one-goal losses to Michigan, together with one within the Obese Ten semifinals, the Gophers closed the season sturdy, going 13-4-1 since Jan. 8. That integrated a break at Obese Ten champ Michigan Environment. Jaxon Nelson has scored part of his 16 aims at the season within the final six video games.


Negative. 3 Omaha (23-12-4)

How did Mavericks get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 11

NCAA historical past: Omaha has made 4 NCAA appearances, the final in 2021, with one shuttle to the Frozen 4 (2015).

Sizzling or now not? Next dropping 3 instantly in overdue January, Omaha went on a significant warmer, profitable 14 of 16 video games to surge up the PairWise scores. The run integrated 3 March wins over North Dakota, which used to be a top-four group within the nation earlier than operating into the Mavericks.


Negative. 4 RIT (27-10-2)

How did Tigers get right here: Atlantic champion

PairWise score: 21

NCAA historical past: RIT is within the NCAA garden for the fourth date since shifting as much as Section I in 2005 and the primary date since 2016.

Sizzling or now not? The summit seed within the Atlantic match, RIT outscored its combatants 26-6 over 5 video games. Graduate scholar Elijah Gonsalves had 10 issues within the match, together with two aims and two assists within the championship match win over AIC. Sophomore Tommy Scarfone had a .954 save proportion in web for the Tigers.

Springfield Regional


Negative. 1 Denver (28-9-3)

How did Pioneers get right here: NCHC champion

PairWise score: 3

NCAA historical past: The 2022 champ, Denver has 9 nationwide titles, which is join with Michigan for probably the most of all date. The Pioneers have performed in 14 of the generation 15 NCAA tournaments (lacking handiest in 2021) and feature made 32 appearances total.

Sizzling or now not? Denver is driving a season-high five-game profitable streak and is 11-2-1 because the get started of February. The high-flying Pioneers, the summit scoring group within the nation, have a minimum of 3 aims each and every in their generation 12 video games. Freshman Zeev Buium leads all defensemen with 48 issues.


Negative. 2 Maine (23-11-2)

How did Dim Bears get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 5

NCAA historical past: The Dim Bears have made 18 NCAA appearances, however that is their first date within the garden since 2012. Maine has received two nationwide championships, in 1999 and 1993.

Sizzling or now not? Next driving tall lots of the season, Maine crash slightly of a overdue skid however closed with a sweep of UMass and a 5-0 win over rival Unutilized Hampshire within the Hockey East playoffs earlier than falling to BU within the semifinals. In spite of dropping 4-1, the Dim Bears outshot the Terriers 33-18. Learners brothers Josh (45 issues) and Bradly (46) Nadeau had 4 issues each and every within the win over UNH.


Negative. 3 Cornell (21-6-6)

How did Obese Crimson get right here: ECAC champion

PairWise score: 12

NCAA historical past: Cornell is making its twenty fourth NCAA look and its 2d in a row. The Obese Crimson performed in 3 instantly tournaments from 2016 to 2019 and certified in 2020 (canceled as a result of COVID). Utmost 12 months, Cornell close out Denver, upcoming the protecting nationwide champ, earlier than dropping 2-1 to BU within the regional finals.

Sizzling or now not? The Obese Crimson have received 5 in a row, their 3rd five-game profitable streak because the get started of 2024. Since Jan. 1, juvenile goaltender Ian Shane has a 15-2-3 file with a 1.62 goals-against moderate and a .925 save proportion.


Negative. 4 UMass (20-13-3)

How did Minutemen get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 14

NCAA historical past: In 4 NCAA appearances, the Minutemen are 8-3, with their .727 profitable proportion the most efficient ever. UMass, the 2021 nationwide champ, had made 3 instantly tournaments earlier than lacking out in 2023.

Sizzling or now not? The Minutemen made the match through the surface in their enamel upcoming dropping a couple at Maine to finish the habitual season and getting drubbed through BC 8-1 within the Hockey East semifinals. In between, there used to be a quarterfinal win over Windfall that were given them within the garden. Defenseman Ryan Ufko, a finalist for convention Participant of the Day, had the game-winning target opposed to Windfall.

Maryland Heights Regional


Negative. 1 Michigan Environment (24-9-3)

How did Spartans get right here: Obese Ten champion

PairWise score: 4

NCAA historical past: A habitual player below Ron Mason within the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s, Michigan Environment has made 27 NCAA appearances, however none since 2012. The Spartans final made it to the Frozen 4 in 2009, once they received their 3rd nationwide championship.

Sizzling or now not? With freshman Patrick Geary’s time beyond regulation target, Michigan Environment claimed its first Obese Ten championship, 5-4 over Michigan. The Spartans have received seven in their generation 9 video games and feature 4 instantly wins over archrival Michigan for the primary date since 1997-98.


Negative. 2 North Dakota (26-11-2)

How did Combating Hawks get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 6

NCAA historical past: North Dakota has received 8 nationwide titles (3rd all date), the final in 2016, which used to be teacher Brad Berry’s first season in Magnificent Forks. The Combating Hawks are 53-28 in 34 NCAA appearances; their .654 profitable proportion is the most efficient amongst colleges with 50 or extra match video games.

Sizzling or now not? NoDak is below .500 over its final 9 video games (4-5) with 3 losses to Omaha and two to Colorado Faculty. Alternatively, they received the season line opposed to Denver, 3-1, with the loss in time beyond regulation, and feature a win over BU on their résumé. Jackson Blake reached 100 occupation issues (in his 78th match) with two assists in an NCHC semifinal loss to Omaha, turning into the primary NoDak sophomore to do this since Zach Parise in 2004.


Negative. 3 Michigan (21-14-3)

How did Wolverines get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 10

NCAA historical past: In spite of being probably the most adorned program in faculty hockey historical past — 9 nationwide titles (join with Denver), 40 NCAA appearances (join with Minnesota) and 27 Frozen Fours — Michigan has now not received all of it since 1998. The Wolverines misplaced within the nationwide semifinals the generation two years.

Sizzling or now not? Michigan discovered some witchery overdue within the season, profitable six of 7, with 5 of the wins through one target, earlier than falling to Michigan Environment in OT within the Obese Ten championship match. Rutger McGroarty, who leads the Wolverines with 52 issues, is on an eight-game scoring streak (14 issues).


Negative. 4 Western Michigan (21-15-1)

How did Broncos get right here: At-large bid

PairWise score: 13

NCAA historical past: Western Michigan is within the NCAA garden for the 3rd instantly 12 months, a primary in program historical past. The Broncos have received only one match in 8 earlier appearances, beating Northeastern in time beyond regulation in 2022.

Sizzling or now not? Year the Broncos went 6-9 to akin the season within the rugged NCHC, 3 of the ones losses had been in time beyond regulation and so they posted wins over Denver and Omaha all over that reach. Sam Colangelo, who’s join with Dylan Wendt with a team-high 23 aims, had a hat trick in WMU’s playoff win over St. Cloud Environment.

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