Michigan must face Denver in the 26th NCAA Frozen Four Appearance

Michigan must face Denver in the 26th NCAA Frozen Four Appearance

4/4/2022 20:39:00

// Kristy McNeil

»Thursday’s (April 7) semifinal against Denver will be Michigan’s 86th NCAA Tournament match of all time.
‘Michigan’s last national championship in 1998 was won in Boston at The Garden, the site of this year’s Frozen Four.
The Michigan-Denver winner must play Minnesota or Minnesota State in the national championship game on Saturday.


Thursday, April 7 – vs. Denver – NCAA Semifinals (Boston, Massachusetts), at 17.00
TV: ESPN2 | Live statistics | Live sound | Live video

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan ice hockey team (31-9-1) will face Denver in the first semifinal of the 2022 NCAA Frozen Four on Thursday (April 7) in Boston. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m. 17 in TD Garden and on ESPN2.

Wolverine bider

• Michigan is 31-9-1 after beating American International and Quinnipiac to win the Midwest region two weeks ago. UM is in the NCAA Frozen Four for the 26th time.

• The Wolverines checked in as No. 2 in both USCHO and USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine polls and received the second most first-place votes in each.

• Thursday’s semifinal against Denver will mark Michigan’s 86th all-time NCAA Tournament match. The Wolverines, with an NCAA record of nine national championships, have amassed a record of 55-30 in tournament play. They last won it all in 1998.

• 2022 Big Ten scoring champion and unanimous first-team pick of B1G Matty Beniers sits at the top of the UM statistics sheet with 43 points (20g, 23a) and a conference-leading 10 power-play goals, while the second team All-B1G Brendan Brisson (21g, 21a) has 42 points and a team-leading six battle-winning inventories.

• B1G co-beginner of the year Luke Hughesthe nation’s top-scoring defender and CHN’s Freshman of the Year, has 17 goals and 39 points, followed by two strikers named All-B1G Honorable Mention: Kent Johnsonwho comes in with 37 points (8g, 29a), and last season’s leading goal scorer Thomas Bordeleauat 36 points (11g, 25a) along with a clip with 56.2% faceoff.

• Sophomore faithful Owen Power returned from the Olympics to anchor the blue line with 32 points (3g, 29a) and was rewarded with a first-team All-B1G spot. First year winger Mackie Samoskevich (10g, 19a) has been excellent since WJC to sit on 29 points and achieved a Big Ten All-Freshman team spot along with Hughes.

• Beniers and Hughes were each categorized as Hobey Baker top-10 finalists. Michigan and Minnesota State (Dryden McKay, Nathan Smith) are the only schools with multiple finalists.

• Power leads the Wolverines with 49 blocked shots while the captain Nick Blankenburg is second with 46. Blankenburg, another choice with honorable mention in all conferences, also set career highs offensively as a senior this season with 14 goals, 15 assists and 29 points.

• Sophomore Erik Portillo has started every game in net for Wolverines this season. He has a 31-9-1 record including three shutouts, a 0.926 save percentage and a 2.13 goal against average. The Swedish standout is number two in the NCAA with 1,081 saves and 31 wins. The Mike Richter Award semifinalist was named the Second Team All-B1G, a finalist for the B1G Goaltender of the Year, and the most outstanding player in both the B1G Tournament and the NCAA Midwest Regional in Allentown, Pa.

Scout of the pioneers

• Denver enters the Frozen Four, its 18th appearance of all time, with a record of 29-9-1 after conquering the West Regional with victories over UMass Lowell, 3-2, and Minnesota Duluth, 2-1.

• Head coach David Carle’s team, led by striker Bobby Brink (Hobey Baker Hat Trick), boasts the nation’s top-scoring offense with 4.28 goals per game. battle to earn a share of the NCHC’s regular season title before falling in the NCHC semifinals to Duluth.

The Denver forward corps is highlighted by Brink, who leads the nation with 42 assists and 56 points and has a good chance of winning Hobey. Seniors Cole Guttman (19-26-45) and Brett Stapley (16-25-41) and transfer Cameron Wright (21-10-31) give the group experience, while the underclass Carter Savoie (22-22-44), Carter Mazur ( 14-22-36) and Massimo Rizzo (11-23-34) play constantly throughout their years.

At the back, the pioneers are ranked No. 13 in team defense (2.31 goals per game). Sophomore Mike Benning leads the group with 14 goals and 34 points, while freshmen Sean Behrens (3-26-29) and Shai Buium (3-14-17) have entered the ranks with ease.

• The pioneers have relied on net memorial Magnus Chrona this season. The Swede has 26-8-1 with six shutouts along with 2.16 goals against the average and a save percentage of 0.909.


The Michigan-Denver winner advances to the NCAA Championship and meets the winner of Minnesota and Minnesota State on Saturday (April 9) at.

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