The NCAA basketball tournament always steals the headlines come March, but let’s not forget the NCAA hockey tournament is getting underway this week!! The Frozen Four is in Tampa on April 6th and 8th and the Chiclets Game Notes crew will have boots on the ground, so we need to know which 4 teams will meet us down there.
These blogs will break down each Regional and give you all the important information you will need to follow the tournament and even cash a few bets with the $EBR Crew
Fargo Regional, March 23-25 | Scheels Arena – Fargo, ND
Game 1: 5 p.m. ET Thursday, March 23 (2) St. Cloud State vs. (3) Minnesota State
St Cloud State - (24-12-3) Won the NCHC tournament to punch their ticket.
Odds to Win Title on Barstool Sportsbook: +1400
Player to Watch: Finnish forward Jammi Krannila led the team in scoring with 21 goals and 40 points in 39 games.
Huskies Game Note: They were 3-1 vs. Minnesota State this season and beat them 2 years ago in the Frozen four.
Minnesota State - (25-12-1) Won the CCHA regular season and tournament titles.
Odds to Win Title on Barstool Sportsbook: +2700
Player to Watch: Top scorer David Silye scored 23 goals in 38 games.
Mavericks Game Notes: Lost in the National Championship game last year to Denver.
$EBR Pick to Advance: Looks like the Huskies -139 ml at Barstool Sportsbook, have their number so we are going with Ryan “Bugggsssy” Malone’s old school, St. Cloud State.
Game 2: 9 p.m. ET Thursday, March 23 (1) The University of Minnesota vs. (4) Canisius College
The University of Minnesota - (26-9-1) Won the Big Ten regular season title.
Players to Watch: Logan Cooley and Jimmy Snuggerud are both freshmen and in the top 5 in Scoring in the Nation.
Gophers Game Notes: Top overall seed in the tournament, this goal by Rhett Pitlick in the Big Ten Finals was filthy.
Canisius College - (20-18-3) Cinderella team finished 4th in the AHA regular season but won the tournament to punch their ticket.
Odds to Win Title on Barstool Sportsbook: +20000
Player to Watch: Top scorer Keaton Mastrodonato scored 16 goals and 36 points in 41 games.
Golden Griffins Game Notes: The city of Buffalo finally gets some playoff hockey again. Their average age of 23.03 makes them the oldest team in the Tournament.
$EBR Pick to Advance: The University of Minnesota talent beats out the experience here. The Gophers are -1000 ml at Barstool Sportsbook.
Game 3: Regional Final: 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, March 25
$EBR Pick to Advance to the Frozen Four: The University of Minnesota knocks out SCSU, I can't wait to see these young studs for the Gophers live in Tampa.
$EBR make sure to check Twitter and Instagram for action on game days as lineups and lines will change the official plays.