Brock Boeser has a chance to put a cherry on top of what has been a remarkable freshman season.
Boeser and his North Dakota squad will play for the NCAA Championship on Saturday against top-ranked Quinnipiac. The game can be watched live on TSN2 at 5:00pm PT.
The Canucks’ first round, 23rd overall, pick at the 2015 NHL Draft picked up a pair of assists and finished with a plus-3 rating as North Dakota knocked off Denver by a 4-2 score in the Frozen Four semifinals on Thursday evening.
Frozen Four: North Dakota stuns Denver late to advance
The line of Boeser, Drake Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz dominated the game for North Dakota, controlling the play and creating scoring chances almost every time they hit the ice.
The two assists gives Boeser 56 points (26-30-56) in 41 games this season and moves him into a tie for third overall in NCAA scoring.
North Dakota (33-6-4) now shifts its attention to Quinnipiac (32-3-7), a team that has lost just three times all season, two of those defeats coming by just one goal. The two teams have not met previously this season.
Quinnipiac secured their berth into the Championship Game by edging Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko and Boston College by a 3-2 score in the other Frozen Four semifinal matchup on Thursday.
Frozen Four: Quinnipiac holds off Boston College
Demko made 27 saves in goal, but Boston College couldn’t overcome early defensive struggles that resulted in them being down 2-0 early in the game.
The Canucks’ second round, 36th overall, pick in 2014 finishes his junior season with a 27-8-4 record, along with a 1.88 GAA, .935 SV% and a NCAA-leading 10 shutouts.
Demko is nominated for two prestigious awards, which will be handed out on Friday. He is one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award for the top NCAA Men’s Hockey Player, while also one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award as the Top Goalie in the NCAA.
No Canucks draft pick has ever won the Hobey Baker Award, though a few current and former players have done so, such as Ryan Miller, Jason Krog and Brendan Morrison.
For Boeser, he could become the first Canucks pick since 2013 to win the NCAA Championship when Matt Beattie captured it with Yale. He could become the first full-time player to win since 1998 when Bill Muckalt won his second national championship with Michigan.