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April 6, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Barry Melrose

Barry Melrose
  (4:02 PM)

I'm just sitting in Minnesota on a beautiful 60 degree day. The Frozen Four if going to be a beautiful event!

Zach Gaarder (Park River)

Will Notre Dame's Goalie take them to the championship game?

Barry Melrose
  (4:03 PM)

I think their goalie will have to be good. They are playing with a high powered offense right now. And if Notre Dame wins, their goalie might be the MVP of the tournament.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

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

Barry Melrose
  (4:04 PM)

I think North Dakota will win. They are the biggest most talented team with the best pro prospects. I think it's their tournament to lose.

Harry (Washington)

What surprises have you seen in this year's tournament?

Barry Melrose
  (4:05 PM)

Maybe UMD is a little bit of a surprise. Notre Dame getting to the Frozen Four is a bit of a surprise but that's what's great about this tournament. We have two teams people didn't expect to be here and two teams people expected to be here.

Jeff (RI)

Barry, how much do you like doing the Frozen Four games as opposed to NHL games?

Barry Melrose
  (4:07 PM)

You know what, I love doing them both. With the Frozen Four, you have the excitement of the college atmosphere. You don't know if this will be their last game as a hockey player or their first step to the professional league. I'm just a hockey junky, I love both levels.

Craig (Braintree MA)

How long until the Gophers make an appearance in the Final 4 again?

Barry Melrose
  (4:08 PM)

I think it will be a while. They have issues and haven't been a powerhouse for a while. They didn't even make the tournament this year. I think they are in a serious rebuilding mode right now.

Mike (Nebraska)

How good is North Dakota compared to the other 3 in the frozen four?

Barry Melrose
  (4:10 PM)

They are much bigger, have more pro prospects and they are playing well. On paper they are better but no championship is won on paper. So I think it will be a great weekend here in St. Paul.

Ben (KC)

Barry, I am head to Vegas this weekend, who do I put my money on?

Barry Melrose
  (4:10 PM)

You know what, if you're a gutsy gambler put it on Minnesota to lose.

Craig (Braintree MA)

What will be different about NCAA hockey in 2020?

Barry Melrose
  (4:12 PM)

There will be a Big Ten network by 2020 and that will change the landscape of college hockey drastically.

Ben (Overland Park)

Barry, hockey in one word?

Barry Melrose
  (4:12 PM)

Best!

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How amazing is North Dakota?

Barry Melrose
  (4:13 PM)

Well on paper as I said they have everything. They have no weaknesses so on paper they are the team to win.

Barry Melrose
  (4:15 PM)

Make sure you tune in to these Frozen Four games. There will some players playing that you will next year in the NHL. I'll be back tomorrow to chat about the pros. Enjoy the games!