The final eight NCAA men’s hockey squads, minus top bracket seeds St. Cloud State and Providence, are set to battle Sunday for Frozen Four glory after two days of intense competition.
The top overall-seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats play the Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks in the East final at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., the No. 3-seeded North Dakota Fighting Hawks face the Boston College Eagles in the Northeast final at the DCU Centre in Worcester, Mass., the North Dakota Fighting Hawks play the Michigan Wolverines in the Midwest final at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and the Denver Pioneers meet the Ferris State Bulldogs in the West final at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
The winners of Sunday’s quarter-finals advance to the Frozen Four semi-finals April 7 in Tampa, Fla.
Quinnipiac 4 RIT 0
Quinnipiac throttled RIT 4-0 Saturday to begin justifying its overall top seeding in the NCAA hockey championship tournament.
Quinnipiac blueliner Connor Clifton, only a fifth-round draft pick of the Arizona Coyotes from 2013, is leading all scorers in the current NCAA playoffs:
Pint-sized captain Soren Jonzzon scored twice to help the Bobcats earn their 30th victory of the season, tying their previous best from 2012-13. Only a fifth-round draft pick by the Arizona Coyotes, Connor Clifton set up Jonzzon's goal and enhanced his stock by leading all NCAA playoff scorers with nine assists and 10 points.
Defenseman Devon Toews, a fourth-round choice of the New York Islanders and not related to the Chicago Blackhawks’ star, demonstrated his offensive promise with three helpers. Undrafted center Tim Clifton, who had 39 points in 35 points in his junior campaign, added two assists.
Travis St. Denis and freshman Scott Davidson each scored once.
Undrafted Canadian goalie Michael Garteig from Prince George, B.C., stopped 27 shots to become only the fourth goalie in NCAA Division I history to register his 19th career shutout. He will be an intriguing player to watch in the NHL entry draft in June.
Ferris State 5 St. Cloud State