2014 NCAA Frozen Four National Semifinals
- Updated: April 11, 2014
Philadelphia PA: On Thursday April 10 from Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, The final four in college hockey came to Philadelphia for the 1st time and it has 3 of the big power house in College Hockey in Boston College, Minnesota & North Dakota and the underdog of the field was Union. The matchups were Union Dutchman took on Boston College & North Dakota took on the number 1 overall seed Minnesota. The games also feature a couple of Philadelphia Flyers prospects but the most notable ones were Michael Parks for North Dakota, Union Shayne Gostisbehere. The games were broadcasted nationally on ESPN2 with John Buccigross, Barry Melrose calling the action & Sean Grande and Cap Raeder calling the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
The first game was Union Dutchman vs Boston College Eagles. Union made the frozen four by beating Providence in the regional while Boston College comes into frozen four with a win over UMass-Lowell in the regional. Boston College opens the scoring in the 1st period as Johnny Gaudreau scores for the early 1-0 lead but Union would respond as Mat Bodie scores to tie the game at 1, Union would take over the rest of the game. Union and Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere would assist on the next 2 Union goals, but Union Daniel Ciampini would steal the show as he would score his 1st career hat trick as Union would upset Boston College 5-4 to move to the 1st National Championship game. Union improves to 31-6-4 on the season and runs its unbeaten streak to 16 games (15-0-1) which includes winning 11 straight games. Boston College concludes its campaign at 28-8-4 and falls to 11-13 in the NCAA Semifinals.
The 2nd semifinal game marked the renewal of the 282nd edition of the Minnesota-North Dakota rivalry. Minnesota made the frozen four by beating St Cloud State in the regional while North Dakota defeating Ferris State 2-1 in double overtime in the regional. this would turn out to be the best game of the night as it would remain scoreless into the 3rd period as Minnesota scores the games first goal from Sam Warning with 9:09 left in 3rd period for the 1-0 lead. North Dakota Connor Gaarder would score to tie the game at 1 with 8:37 left in the 3rd. The Play of game would happen as North Dakota was on the power play and Minnesota would score the game winning short handed goal by Justin Holl with .6 left in the 3rd to steal the game from North Dakota as Minnesota wins 2-1 & will for the national championship against Union on Saturday at 7:30 PM on ESPN. North Dakota’s season ends at 25-13-3, while Minnesota improves to 28-6-6.