The NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament is down to its Frozen Four with Quinnipiac, Yale, UMASS-Lowell and St. Cloud State all advancing to the 2013 national semifinals.
The Frozen Four takes place Apr. 11-13 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA where a first-time Division I national champion will be crowned.
St. Cloud State advanced to the school’s first ever Frozen Four Sunday with a 4-1 win over Miami University in the championship game of the Midwest Regional.
In beating the CCHA champion Redhawks, St. Cloud State also ended the freshman campaign for Capitals prospect Riley Barber. Barber (Caps 6th round pick, 167th overall, 2012 NHL Draft) was the country’s highest scoring freshman during the regular-season with 36 points in 34 games.
In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, St. Cloud State eliminated two other Capitals prospects in Notre Dame forwards Thomas DiPauli and Austin Wuthrich.
Di Pauli (Caps 4th round pick, 100th overall; 2012) finished his freshman season with five goals and 12 points in 41 games (conference and NCAA tournaments included).
Wuthrich (Caps 4th round pick, 107th overall; 2012) finished his sophomore season with five goals and nine points in 33 games. Wuthrich was named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team after scoring the game-winning goal in the CCHA championship game against Michigan.
St. Cloud State (25-15-1) will face No.1 overall seed Quinnipiac (29-7-5) in one national semifinal while UMASS Lowell (28-10-2) takes on Yale (20-12-3) in the other Frozen Four matchup.
UMASS Lowell won the Northeast Regional with a 2-0 shutout against New Hampshire on Sunday. UNH was without senior forward Greg Burke (Caps 6th round pick, 174th overall; 2008) who was limited to just 13 games this season due to a shoulder injury and a concussion.
Two other Capitals prospects were eliminated in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament including Boston College defenseman Patrick Wey. Wey and the defending champion BC Eagles fell 5-1 against Union.
Wey (4th round pick, 115th overall; 2009) was named Hockey East’s Defensive Defenseman of the Year, played primarily on BC’s No.1 defensive pairing throughout the season and served as an assistant captain in his senior campaign. The 22-year-old could sign a professional contract as early as this week.
Forward Travis Boyd (Caps 6th round pick, 177th overall, 2011) and the Minnesota Golden Gophers fell 3-2 to Yale in the West Regional semifinals.
Boyd completed his sophomore season with three goals and 14 points in 40 games (WCHA and NCAA Tournaments included) having been used primarily in a third and fourth line checking role.