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Joe Gladziszewski (2:19 PM)
Thanks for stopping by to talk college hockey with us. Our staff is here at the Frozen Four and ready for tomorrow night's national championship contest.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:20 PM)
As always at the Frozen Four Friday, it's a light-hearted atmosphere. Teams are still loose and happy with yesterday's semifinal victories, but also distanced from the gravity of playing the biggest game of their college careers tomorrow night.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:22 PM)
Both Michigan and Minnesota Duluth had light skates this morning to stretch and get a bit of a workout in. At this time of the year, managing energy is more important than a hard workout. And keeping the mind in check is the big thing. Team meetings, video scouting and having things ready to go for Saturday night is key.
Last night reminded me how great college hockey is. ESPN need to have it on more, events like the Beanpot, Final Five, etc. I'm sure people won't cry over missing a night of women's basketball.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:25 PM)
There's a lot to be said about the diversity and successes of college sports in all seasons. As passionate as we are about the hockey Frozen Four, there are people who feel the same about soccer, wrestling, lacrosse and others. We're fortunate to have such a great game and yesterday's contests were definitely excellent.
Is BC going to be hurting next year? They're losing a lot.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:28 PM)
That's a program that has to deal with significant losses in talent every year, and expectations for success are there. When you attract top-level players in every recruiting class, they can and usually do step right in and make a difference. Boston College isn't alone in that regard.
Who do you think will take home the title tomorrow? Can Hunwick continue his incredible play and give the Wolverines their 10th?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:30 PM)
Shawn Hunwick was great last night and it will take another good performance Saturday to get Michigan a national title. In addition to Hunwick's play, the Wolverines have made an overall team commitment to doing the little things it takes to win and making the little plays in the defensive zone.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:32 PM)
For the Minnesota Duluth side of things, obviously the power play has carried the Bulldogs through the first three games of this tournament. As we noted in last night's coverage, they got strong contributions from the second line in support of Connolly-Connolly-Fontaine. Kenny Reiter settled in after the first period and was especially strong in the third period.
If you had to pick a winner tomorrow, who would it be and why?
Mike Eidelbes (2:35 PM)
There's something about the Minnesota Duluth vibe that I like. I get the sense that their attitude and energy is contagious and everybody is pulling in the same direction. I think their defense has to play a lot better than it did in Thursday's semifinal, but the power play was unbelievable and if Reiter stops the shots he's supposed to stop, they'll win.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:37 PM)
I've had a hunch about Michigan all weekend and for some of the non-technical things that Bus previously mentioned I pick the Wolverines to win tomorrow night. They've got things going in the right direction and are committed to doing the little things it takes in all three zones. Last night's first goal epitomized that, with winning battles in front of the other team's net. Hunwick is red-hot right now (no pun intended) and I just think they're the team to beat in that one.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:38 PM)
Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us throughout the year. Tomorrow night's game is on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET and we've got coverage all weekend at Inside College Hockey.