Minnesota Duluth, the defending champions, will face Massachusetts in the second of two national semifinals on Thursday, April 8th at 8 p.m. CT.
Minnesota State Mankato, making its first Frozen Four after beating Minnesota on Sunday, will face St. Cloud State on April 8 at 4:00 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
The winners will play for the national championship on Saturday, April 10th at 6pm in Pittsburgh.
Last year’s entire NCAA tournament, including the Frozen Four, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bulldogs defeated the Minutemen 3-0 in their last NCAA championship game two years ago at the KeyBank Arena in Buffalo and won consecutive national championships. With their fourth appearance in a row at Frozen Four, the Bulldogs seek to become the second team with the Michigan Wolverines of 1951, 1952 and 1953 to ever win three types of peat as national champions.
When UMD reaches the NCAA title game for the fourth time in a row, it will play against a familiar opponent.
In addition to being the Bulldogs’ main competitor, who has played seven times this season, St. Cloud State is also Brett Larson, a former assistant to Scott Sandelin. A native of Duluth, Larson helped the Bulldogs earn NCAA titles in 2011 and 2018.
Minnesota State is coached by Mike Hastings, who Sandelin trained under at the 2019 Junior World Championship. Sandelin’s son Ryan is also a second striker for the Mavericks. Ryan Sandelin scored two goals in the Loveland area this weekend, including Saturday’s overtime winner against Quinnipiac.
Ryan Sandelin is one of six Hermantown natives to play in this year’s Frozen Four, along with teammate Wyatt Aamodt, a junior defender. The other four former hawks – – Darian Götz, Blake Biondi, Cole Koepke and Jesse Jacques – they all play for the Bulldogs.