Frozen Four 2011: Michigan Falls To Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, In Overtime Of National Championship Game

Kyle Schmidt scored the game-winning goal 3:22 into overtime as Minnesota-Duluth won its first ever Division I national championship title with a 3-2 win over Michigan in the 2011 Frozen Four title game at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN. Read more at SB Nation.

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Frozen Four 2011: Schedule, TV Info And More For College Hockey's Finals

Despite not having any Hockey East teams for the first time since 2005, the Men's NCAA Hockey Tournament will go on Friday night as the Frozen Four commences from the Xcel center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The action starts at 5 p.m. ET when CCHA champion Notre Dame takes on the nearly homestanding University of Minnesota-Duluth, but really heats up when top-ranked North Dakota faces off with Michigan. The two teams have only lost one game between them in their past 26 games played, a road loss by the Wolverines at then No. 12 Western Michigan; North Dakota hasn't lost in fifteen games, tying only once during that stretch. 

On the off-day, national award winners, including the Hobey Baker award winner (which former BC F Cam Atkinson is a finalist for), will be announced. 

The weekend schedule is as follows: 

2011 Frozen Four

Thursday, April 7:

5 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. Minnesota-Duluth (ESPN2/ESPN3.com)

8:30 p.m. - Michigan vs. North Dakota (ESPN2/ESPN3.com)

Saturday, April 9:

7 p.m. - National Championship game: Notre Dame/Minnesota-Duluth winner vs. Michigan/North Dakota winner (ESPN)

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NCAA Hockey Tournament 2011: Boston College, Yale Highlight Tournament's First Night

Union versus Minnesota Duluth

Bridgeport, CT Regional

3 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3.com

Minnesota Duluth (22-10-6) will try to ride the Connolly not-brothers, Mike and Jack (though Jack is the little brother of Boston University captain Chris) over Union, a team that has been in the mix all season. Jack Connolly is a Hobey Baker finalist, and has 55 points this season. He's quick on the ice, and has been a standout for the Bulldogs all three years.

Union (26-9-4) will be making their first ever tournament appearance. Kelly Zajac, one of the ECAC's top forwards, leads a Union team full of underclassmen to what they hope kicks off a series of NCAA tournament berths.

Yale versus Air Force

Bridgeport, CT Regional

6:30 p.m., ESPN U/ESPN3.com

The nation's first overall seed, Yale (27-6-1), faces the champion of the Atlantic Hockey league, Air Force (20-11-6). Two years ago, Air Force, led by then sophomore, now senior Jacques Lamoureux, was expected to make the Frozen Four. They lost to Vermont in the second round of the regionals after beating #1 seed Michigan in the regional's opening game. Air Force will face a Yale team that has been near or at the top of the nation all season.

Yale has a steady set of forwards, including sophomore Andrew Miller and junior Brian O'Niell, but has been rewarded by an outstanding year by senior goaltender Ryan Rondeau. Rondeau has the nation's best goals against average, and has kept Yale dominant all season.

Michigan versus Nebraska-Omaha

St. Louis, MO Regional

5:30 p.m., ESPN3.com

Nebraska-Omaha (21-15-2) fans will be looking to cement their school's status as a hockey school - coming on the heels of this morning's regents decision to get rid of football. In their first year in the WCHA, they finished a surprising third in the regular season, being beat by other conference newbie Bemidji State in the WCHA tournament last weekend. Nebraska-Omaha will be led by leading scorer Matt Ambroz, who has 17 goals and 17 assists thus far this season.

For Michigan (26-10-4), the trip is a chance to redeem a third place finish in last week's CCHA Tournament, being knocked out by Western Michigan. The Wolverines have won nine of their last ten games, and are led by senior Carl Haglein, whose 48 points makes him one of the top scorers in all of college hockey.

Boston College versus Colorado College

St. Louis, MO Regional

9 p.m. ESPN3.com

Boston College (30-7-1) begins the road back to the Frozen Four against a team they haven't faced since 1998, the Colorado College Tigers (22-18-3) of the WCHA. Colorado College makes it to the NCAAs for the first time since 2008, and received the 14th seed and an at-large bid into the tournament. The Tigers will ride the dynamic Jaden Schwartz, whose hockey IQ is off the charts, if they have any chance against the defending national champions.

BC will ride an overall hot hand of forwards, including Cam Atkinson, who had two goals in the Hockey East championship game on his way to being named the Hockey East MVP. The Eagles will also find production from Brian Gibbons, who has at least a point in 33 of this season's games.

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NCAA Hockey Tournament 2011: Complete Schedule For The Road To Frozen Four

The field of 16 for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship was released on Sunday, with Yale, North Dakota, Boston College and Miami (OH) receiving the No. 1 seeds in the bracket (in that order). Play begins this Friday, March 25, with the first round, and quickly progresses to the Frozen Four, set for April 7-9, in Minnesota. 

The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men's Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.

Complete 2011 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship Schedule:

2011 NCAA Hockey Championship, First and Second Rounds (March 25-27)

Friday, March 25

3 p.m., East Region: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Union (Bridgeport, CT), ESPNU
5:30 p.m., West Region: Michigan vs. Nebraska-Omaha (St. Louis, MO), ESPN3
6:30 p.m., East Region: No. 1 Yale vs. Air Force (Bridgeport, CT), ESPNU
9 p.m., West Region: No. 1 Boston College vs. Colorado College (St. Louis, MO), ESPNU

Saturday, March 26

1:30 p.m., Midwest Region: No.1 North Dakota vs. Rensselaer (Green Bay, WI), ESPN3
4 p.m., Northeast Region: No. 1 Miami vs. New Hampshire (Manchester, NH), ESPNU
5 p.m., Midwest Region: Denver vs. Western Michigan (Green Bay, WI), ESPN3
7:30 p.m., Northeast Region: Merrimack vs. Notre Dame (Manchester, NH), ESPN3

6:30 p.m. East Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU
9 p.m. West Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU

Sunday, March 27, 2011

5:30 p.m. Midwest Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU
8 p.m. Northeast Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU

2011 NCAA Hockey Championship Semifinals (April 7)

Frozen Four Semifinal #1, ESPN2
Frozen Four Semifinal #2, ESPN2

2011 NCAA Hockey National Championship Game (April 9, 7 p.m., ESPN)

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For more on the 2011 NCAA Hockey Championship, visit the StoryStreams at both SB Nation and SBN Boston as well as our Boston College blog, BC Interruption

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NCAA Hockey Tournament 2011: Bracket Finalized, With Boston College Receiving No. 1 Seed

The 2011 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament bracket has been finalized, and Boston College received a No. 1 seed in the West Region after finishing the regular season at 30-7-1 (20-6-1 Hockey East) and won the 2011 Hockey East Tournament title game on Saturday night at TD Garden.

Yale received the overall No. 1 seed, with North Dakota and Miami (OH) the top seeds, in that order.

Joining the Eagles in this year's Big Dance are Merrimack College and the University of New Hampshire, which received a No. 2 and No. 4 seed in the Northeast Region, respectively.

With a much smaller field than the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the 2011 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament opens play on Friday afternoon when No. 2 seed Union faces No. 3 seed Minnesota-Duluth at 3 p.m. EDT (ESPNU).

Boston College opens up the tournament on Friday, March 25th at 9 p.m. EDT against No. 4 seed Colorado, and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU. UNH squares off against overall No. 1 seed Miami (OH) on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT (ESPNU) while Merrimack meets No. 3 seed Notre Dame on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN3.com).

The complete first-round schedule for this year's NCAA Men's Hockey tournament is listed below (all times Eastern).

EAST REGION -- Bridgeport, Conn. 

No. 1 Yale Bulldogs vs. No. 4 Air Force Falcons (Friday, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU)
No. 2 Union Dutchmen vs. No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (Friday, 3 p.m., ESPNU)

MIDWEST REGION -- Green Bay, Wis.

No. 1 North Dakota Fighting Sioux vs. No. 4 RPI Engineers (Saturday, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3.com)
No. 2 Denver Pioneers vs. No. 3 Western Michigan Broncos (Saturday, 5 p.m., ESPN3.com)

WEST REGION -- St. Louis, Mo.

No. 1 Boston College Eagles vs. No. 4 Colorado College Tigers (Friday, 9 p.m., ESPNU)
No. 2 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 3 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (Friday, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3.com)

NORTHEAST REGION -- Manchester, N.H.

No. 1 Miami (Ohio) Redhawks vs. No. 4 New Hampshire Wildcats (Saturday, 4 p.m. ESPNU)
No. 2 Merrimack Warriors vs. No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3.com)

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