US College hockey’s Frozen Four starts this Friday, March 27, with 16 teams all wanting to earn a coveted spot in the NCAA Frozen Four on April 9 and 11, 2015 in TD Garden, Boston. The ultimate prize is being crowned this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Champion.
To get there teams must first play down in one of four regionals being held from March 27-29, 2015. At each regional site, four teams will compete in regional semi-final and final single-elimination competition. The winners from each regional site advance to the Frozen Four in Boston.
Here are your regional locations and the teams involved:
•West Regional – Fargo, N.D. (North Dakota, Michigan Tech, St. Cloud St., Quinnipiac)
•Northeast Regional – Manchester, N.H. (Boston U., Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota, Yale)
•Midwest Regional – South Bend, Ind. (MSU-Mankato, Omaha, Harvard, RIT)
•East Regional – Providence, R.I. (Miami (Ohio), Denver, Boston College, Providence)
The Winnipeg Jets will have five prospects competing in this year’s tournament. Here’s a quick primer on each of them ahead of the opening games in no particular order.
C.J. Franklin, Forward – University of Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks
Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets - Round 5, 129th overall, 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Only a freshman, Franklin was a bright spot on the team compiling 8 goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 36 games. Franklin, who was also the WCHA's second-leading freshman scorer, was named to the league’s all-rookie team. According to Mavericks coach Mike Hastings “He has made a contribution since Day 1,” when speaking about Franklin. “As you can see he hasn’t played like a freshman.”
Jamie Phillips, Goaltender - Michigan Tech Huskies
Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets - Round 7, 190th overall, 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Jamie Phillips has been a star in net for the Huskies all season who enter the tournament ranked No. 5 in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. His strong play helped them tie for the most wins in the country with a 29-9-2 overall record. Phillips ended the season with an impressive .935 SV%, A 1.71 GAA and 6 shutouts.
Tucker Poolman, Defence / Forward – University of North Dakota
Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets - Round 5, 127th overall, 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Still a freshman, Poolman put up solid numbers in his first season with UND scoring 7 goals and adding 8 assists on a deep team who finished the year ranked #1 in the nation. A versatile player whose natural position is Defence, Poolman has been more than up to the task of jumping in as a Forward when needed this season.
Jack Glover , Defenceman - Minnesota Golden Gophers
Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets - Round 3, 69th overall, 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Another freshman, Glover is a product of the U.S. National Development Team Program and had 3 assists in his first full season. Like Poolman, Glover who is also 6’3, has been used as a Forward of late due to some injuries and has been skating at RW on the Golden Gophers fourth line.
Tanner Lane, Forward - University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
Drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers - Round 6, 160th overall, 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Lane, a 6’3 junior, just completed his 3rd season with the Mavericks scoring 2 goals and adding 6 assists for a total of eight points. Previously a big goal scorer in high school, Lane has expanded his game for the junior and college levels.