WASHINGTON, D.C. – The four teams to advance to the 2009 Frozen Four at the Verizon Center on April 9-11 include two first-time Frozen Four participants and two who will be making their first appearance in the NCAA semifinals since 1997. Bemidji State, Boston University, Miami and Vermont will compete for the first-ever NCAA Division I championship awarded in the District of Columbia after winning their respective NCAA regionals this weekend.
The matchup for the first semifinal on Thursday, April 9, features the two newcomers, Bemidji State and Miami, facing off at 5 p.m. Both were the No. 4 seeds in their four-team regionals. The second semifinal faces off at 8:30 p.m. and features two Hockey East teams that last reached the Frozen Four in 1997: Boston University, the tournament’s top overall seed, and Vermont. The semifinals will be carried live on ESPN2 (HD).
The national championship will be held Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. on ESPN (HD).
The semifinal and championship games, to be held at Verizon Center, are already sold out, but tickets do remain for Friday at the Frozen Four on Friday, April 10, featuring the Hobey Baker Memorial Award (player of the year), along with the Frozen Four Skills Challenge. More information about the 2009 Frozen Four can be found at http://www.gwsportsalliance.com/frozenfour/home.html.