PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – College hockey’s biggest prize will be on the line this weekend during the Frozen Four.
This year, the Yale Bulldogs, UMass-Lowell River Hawks Quinnipiac Bobcats and St Cloud State Huskies will battle for the national title.
Quinnipiac’s Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State’s Drew LeBlanc are finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. The award is college hockey’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
While the teams on the ice might not be local, there are Pittsburgh ties. UMass-Lowell’s assistant coach is a North Allegheny graduate.
“It’s been awesome. I started because of Mario Lemieux and the work that he did as a player and it’s just been awesome to watch the work with him as an owner and committing to kids and supporting kids and building rinks. When I played here, there was six rinks in all of Pittsburgh and now there’s a lot more than six. So, it’s been fun to watch,” Jason Lammers said.
All four teams will be on the ice at CONSOL Energy Center today for practices which are free and open to the public:
- 11 a.m. Yale
- 12:15 p.m. UMass-Lowell
- 1:30 p.m. St. Cloud State
- 2:45 p.m. Quinnipiac
The semifinal games will be held on Thursday, with the national championship game on Saturday.
UMass-Lowell will face Yale in the first semifinal game at 4:30 p.m., while Quinnipiac and St. Cloud State will battle at 8 p.m.