Frozen 4 team capsule previews
NCAA DIVISION I FROZEN FOUR
At Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
MINNESOTA-DULUTH vs. NOTRE DAME
4 p.m. Thursday • ESPN2
Frozen Four appearance: 4th (no national titles)
Scoring leaders: Jr. C Jack Connolly (17-41—58); Sr. F Justin Fontaine (22-33—55); Jr. F Mike Connolly (27-26—53).
Goalies: Jr. Kenny Reiter (14-7-5, 2.29 GAA, .914 save pct.); Fr. Aaron Crandall (10-3-1, 2.79, .894).
Noteworthy: Rochester Mayo graduate Chris Garner is in his third season as UMD's equipment manager. … Freshman forward J.T. Brown of Rosemount is the son of former Vikings running back Ted Brown. … UMD has played for the national title twice, losing in overtime both times (1984, 1985).
NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
Frozen Four appearance: 2nd (no national titles)
Scoring leaders: Fr. F T.J. Tynan (22-31—53); Fr. F Anders Lee (24-20—44); Sr. F Ryan Guentzel (6-31—37).
Goalie: So. Mike Johnson (20-9-4, 2.57 GAA, .906 save pct.).
Noteworthy: The Irish's only other trip to the Frozen Four came in 2008, when they lost to Boston College in the championship game. … Guentzel is the son of current Nebraska-Omaha assistant coach, and former Minnesota assistant, Mike Guentzel. … Lee scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Irish's opening-round NCAA tournament win against Merrimack.
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MICHIGAN vs. NORTH DAKOTA
7:30 p.m. Thursday • ESPN2
Frozen Four appearance: 24th (9 national titles)
Scoring leaders: Sr. F Carl Hagelin (18-30—48); Sr. F Louie Caporusso (11-19—30); Sr. F Matt Rust (5-20—25).
Goalie: Sr. Shawn Hunwick (21-8-4, 2.26 GAA, .922 save pct.).
Noteworthy: Michigan leads all NCAA Division I teams with 34 national tournament appearances, 24 Frozen Fours and nine national championships. … The Wolverines are 11-1-0 in their past 12 games.
NORTH DAKOTA SIOUX
Frozen Four appearance: 19th (7 national titles)
Scoring leaders: Sr. F Matt Frattin (36-24—60); So. C Corban Knight (13-40—44); Jr. F Jason Gregoire (25-18—43).
Goalie: So. Aaron Dell (30-6-2, 1.82 GAA, .924 save pct.).
Noteworthy: Dell's 30 victories broke the single-season school record of 29 set by Ed Belfour in 1986-87. … North Dakota's last national title came in 2000. … The Sioux are on a 15-game unbeaten streak.