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April 7, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Inside College Hockey

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:02 PM)

Thanks for stopping by to talk college hockey with us this afternoon. We're an hour away from the start of the Frozen Four's first semifinal between Minnesota Duluth and Notre Dame.

Paul (Ann Arbor, MI)

My Sioux better pull this one off or I'll be getting it from my friends for the next 10 years. GO NORTH DAKOTA!!

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:04 PM)

Our perception is that all of the pressure seems to be on the Sioux. That comes with the territory when you posture your program as one of the nation's elite. That's what North Dakota wants, and they have that opportunity today to prove themselves.

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:04 PM)

Our perception is that all of the pressure seems to be on the Sioux. That comes with the territory when you posture your program as one of the nation's elite. That's what North Dakota wants, and they have that opportunity today to prove themselves.

Lee (State of Hockey)

When will we see Don Cherry at the Frozen Four and do you know anyone that can match his style ?

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:04 PM)

Jess Myers can definitely match his style, no question about that. Will we ever see him at a Frozen Four? No chance in the world.

Jordon (Oxford Oh)

Miele or Frattin?

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:09 PM)

Regarding the announcement of the Hobey Baker winner on Friday night, as we discussed in the most recent INCH Podcast, our thought is that Miele will win the award. We think that's how the voters' consensus will shape the final voting tally. Both guys have had tremendous seasons. There's no wrong choice among the top three finalists. All three have had fantastic years and are worthy recipients.

Paul (Ann Arbor, MI)

You know what I'm sayin?

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:10 PM)

We're pickin' up what you're puttin' down.

Brian G (Cleveland)

Can Michigan pull off an upset against #1 North Dakota tonight in the frooze 4

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:14 PM)

We definitely think that Michigan is the toughest matchup of the other three teams this year for North Dakota. The Wolverines' best players are veterans and seniors, they've really focused themselves after the CCHA Tournament and played great at the regional in St. Louis. It can happen, but it's going to take a disciplined night (gotta play five-on-five) and they've got to bury chances when they are available -- usually that's not very often against the Sioux and goalie Aaron Dell.

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:16 PM)

We'll take a little break here and share the line charts for today's game and then hand off the chat to our WCHA senior writer, Jess Myers to answer a few more questions for tonight's game.

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:17 PM)

Minnesota Duluth forwards -- Connolly, Connolly, Fontaine - SChmidt, Oleksuk, Brown - Seidel, Hendrickson, Basaraba - Flaherty, Tardy, Grun

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:17 PM)

Minnesota Duluth D and goalies -- Faulk, Montgomery - Bergman, Lamb - Olson, Palm - Reiter

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:18 PM)

Notre Dame forwards -- Lee, Sheahan, Maday - Costello, Ryan, Guentzel - Ridderwall, Tynan, Rust - Larson, Gerths, Voran

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:18 PM)

Notre Dame D and goalie -- Lavin, Johns - Taker, Lorenz - Lind, Calabrese - Mike Johnson

Joe Gladziszewski
  (4:18 PM)

OK, passing it off to Jess Myers ...

Robzilla (London, Ontario)

How much of an edge does Minnesota Duluth have, if any?

Jess Myers
  (4:21 PM)

The Bulldogs will be the de facto home team, if that means anything, and they have an edge in experience, definitely. But I don't know if that will be enough to overcome the wealth of experience the Irish have behind the bench.

fargo nd [via mobile]

There's a lot of mixed opinions on big ten hockey. What's your pro's and con's?

Jess Myers
  (4:23 PM)

The pros are clearly the idea that with Big Ten Network TV and more high-profile college teams playing hockey, it will mean more exposure for the sport. The thinking there is that successful hockey at a place like Penn State will lead the likes of Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, etc. to add the sport. The cons are its effect on traditional rivalries (Minnesota-North Dakota and Miami-Michigan to name two) and what it will mean financially for the likes of Lake Superior State, Ferris State, etc., to no longer have the Wolverines and Spartans on their home schedules.

Carson (Duluth, MN)

Can the UMD Bulldogs be stopped in their home state after destroying Yale?

Jess Myers
  (4:26 PM)

Absolutely they can be stopped. They score goals like nobody's business. They've also been known to give up the occasional soft goal, which can be a killer at this time of year. If I had to bet, and I don't, I'd say they'll win one game this weekend, but not two.

ExileOnDaytonStreet (Menomonee Falls, WI)

All Badger fans (and probably gopher fans as well) would like to know: Will North Dakota lose this weekend, and how sweet will it be?

Jess Myers
  (4:28 PM)

I don't see the Sioux losing this weekend, as much as it would delight those soon-to-be WCHA defectors from Minnesota and Wisconsin. But if you are to beat North Dakota, you've got to hold them to two or fewer goals, you cannot turn over the puck, and you've got to get the puck deep, past their defensemen. You're simply not going to skate it past the likes of Blood and Genoway with any consistent success.

Eric B. (Titletown...)

Who do you think will advance to the Frozen Four Title game and why?

Jess Myers
  (4:30 PM)

Call me a homer (I cover the WCHA) but I see a Bulldogs-Sioux final. Not because either is the "home" team but more because they can score more goals than the others. I feel the youthful Irish will be a little awed by the atmosphere, and I can't help but wonder about Michigan teams in the Frozen Four when you look back at their history over the past decade.

Scott (Chicago)

Do you think Michigan's D can successfully hold off ND

Jess Myers
  (4:31 PM)

I'll hand it off to CCHA Senior Writer Mike Eidelbes to explore the wonderful world of hockey in Michiana. Take it away Bus...

Scott (Chicago)

does Michigan have enough firepower offensively to keep up with North Dakota?

Mike Eidelbes
  (4:36 PM)

They do. Michigan can score off the rush against North Dakota because the Fighting Sioux defensemen don't have great foot speed. Another thing working in the Wolverines' favor is their maturity up front; with guys like Hagelin and Caporusso, you're talking about players who've seen everything and nothing is going to cause them to panic.

Tom (Maryland)

What are your thoughts on increasing the tournament to 32 teams with the first round played on campus site. This way it would give more teams into the tournament along with getting money to some of the teams

Mike Eidelbes
  (4:37 PM)

I disagree. Usually, more hockey is a good thing, but I think you'd really be diluting the product with a 32-team field. Considering there are currently 58 teams playing Division I hockey, 16 feels about right.

Brennan (Rochester, NY)

Fellas, love the podcast. Please rank your top Frozen Four cities and your dream Frozen Four location.

Mike Eidelbes
  (4:42 PM)

Thanks for the compliment. St. Paul would rank right up there -- the rink is phenomenal, and the buzz around town is great. It feels big time here. We loved Milwaukee, too. And I've got a hunch Tampa could be terrific. I think a lot of fans are going to make a week of it. Detroit wasn't great, but other than that, they've all been pretty good in the nine years we've been around.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who do you think will be the National Champions in College Hockey?

Mike Eidelbes
  (4:44 PM)

North Dakota seems like the obvious pick, but I think Michigan can take them out. And I think UMD-Notre Dame is really a toss-up. I'm going to wimp out a little and say the winner of tonight's NoDak-Michigan game will win Saturday.

Mike Eidelbes
  (4:44 PM)

That's all the time we've got for today. Faceoff is about 20 minutes away. Remember, we'll be here tomorrow at our regular chat time -- 2 pm ET. Enjoy the games!