ARLINGTON, Va. – Five players from Maryland and Virginia and three Capitals draft picks are among the participants who will be battling for a spot in the 2009 Frozen Four at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., April 9 and 11. The NCAA announced the 16-team field for the 2009 NCAA Division I men’s hockey championship Sunday morning on ESPN2.
The local products include two players on Northeastern – Greg Costa (Crownsville, Md.) and Chris Donovan (Fairfax Station, Va.). The Huskies earned the second seed in the Midwest Regional and will face Cornell on Saturday in the first round. Air Force’s Matt Fairchild (Ashburn, Va.) was an Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament selection after scoring three goals this weekend and will face Michigan on Friday in the East Regional. Two D.C.-area defensemen, New Hampshire’s Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) and Ohio State’s Corey Toy (Round Hill, Va.), are in the Northeast Regional, which begins play on Saturday in Manchester, N.H.
All three Capitals draft picks in the tournament are in the Northeast Regional; as long as one of the top three teams in that bracket makes it to the Frozen Four, the Capitals will have a prospect on the ice at Verizon Center. Defenseman Joe Finley, a first-round choice in 2005, will help lead second-seeded North Dakota against third-seeded New Hampshire and center Phil DeSimone, Washington’s third-round choice in 2007. Forward Andrew Glass
, a seventh-round choice in 2007, is a freshman for top-seeded Boston University, which faces Ohio State in the first round.
The single-elimination tournament begins Friday, March 27, with Frozen Four participants determined in regional championship games on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29. The semifinals will be held Thursday, April 9, with the championship on Saturday, April 11. All games are televised on the ESPN family of networks.
Check out the bracket and TV schedule at Insidecollegehockey.com