Brock Boeser and North Dakota, along with Thatcher Demko and Boston College, are both off to Tampa for the NCAA’s Frozen Four April 7-9.
North Dakota will face Denver, while Boston College takes on Quinnipiac, setting up a potential showdown between the Canucks’ prospects in the NCAA Championship on April 9.
North Dakota punched their ticket to Tampa with a 5-2 win over Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Boeser was held off the score sheet in the victory, snapping his 10-game point streak, however, the Canucks’ first round, 23rd overall, pick in 2015 was a factor in getting North Dakota to the second round, netting a goal and two helpers in a 6-2 win over Northeastern in Round 1 on Friday.
Boeser now sits with 54 points (26-28-54) in 40 games, good for fifth among all NCAA skaters and first among 1997-born NCAA players.
North Dakota (32-6-4) will take on Denver (25-9-6) in the NCAA semifinals on April 7 at 5:30pm PT. The game will be shown live on TSN2. The two teams met five times this season with each team winning twice on home ice during the regular season, while skating to a 1-1 tie in the NCHC Third Place Game.
Boeser has four goals and six points in five games against Denver this season.
Meanwhile, Demko made 28 saves to help Boston College knock off Minnesota-Duluth by a 3-2 score on Saturday to secure their berth into the Frozen Four. It took UMD 52:49 to finally solve Demko, while they would add another tally to make it a one-goal game less than three minutes later.
Demko’s best performance of the week came in the first round on Friday as the Canucks’ second round, 36th overall, pick in 2014 stopped 32-of-33 shots fired his way in a 4-1 win over Harvard.
Demko now sits at 27-7-4 on the season with a 1.85 GAA, .936 SV% and 10 shutouts.
Boston College (28-7-5) takes on Quinnipiac (31-3-7) in the NCAA semifinals on April 7 at 2:00pm PT. You can watch the game live on TSN2. This is the first meeting of the season between the two programs.