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The St. Cloud State Huskies and the Minnesota State Mavericks will meet in the Frozen Four on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
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The culmination of the college hockey season begins Thursday (April 8, 2021) with the Frozen Four.
The first of two semifinals will be contested at 5 p.m. ET when Minnesota State faces St. Cloud State.
Massachusetts will be without four players when the Minutemen face Minnesota Duluth on Thursday night at the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols, UMass announced Tuesday.
Top goal-scorer Carson Gicewicz, forward Jerry Harding, and goaltenders Filip Lindberg and Henry Graham will miss the game. Head coach Greg Carvel calls the situation “hard to comprehend” but something the team has to accept.
The Minutemen will meet two-time defending champion Minnesota Duluth in the national semifinals in a rematch of the 2019 NCAA championship game.
The winner advances to Saturday’s national championship game against either St. Cloud State or Minnesota State.
St. Cloud State is back in the Frozen Four for the first time since 2013, which ironically is the last time the Frozen Four was in Pittsburgh.
But the Huskies are headed to the Steel City with heavy hearts.
The player who epitomizes St. Cloud State’s program, Easton Brodzinski, will miss the Frozen Four after suffering a leg fracture in the regionals. Brodzinski leads St. Cloud with 13 goals in 29 games.
More importantly, he embodies the program. His dad, Mike, was a two-time All-American for St. Cloud in 1986 and 1987, and his older brother, Jonny, is a former Huskie who is now playing for the New York Rangers organization.
“He’s a guy who has put his heart and soul into this program,” St. Cloud head coach Brett Larson said. “His name is synonymous with the program. All that hard work he’s put in and how he can’t be a part of this is tough on him. He just wants it so bad for this team and this program.
“On the other hand, our guys used it as a rallying cry. We all know we need to bring more when you lose someone like that. We want to do it for him, because he’s a guy who has put everything into this program and we all need to bring more in order to make up for his loss.”
The Huskies are coached by Larson, who has plenty of Frozen Four experience as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth but this will be his first trip to the Frozen Four as a head coach.
It’s also the first trip for Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings, whose team was finally able to get over the hump and win not one, but two NCAA Tournament games in the regional round en route to this weekend.
As is often the case with the deep hockey roots in Minnesota, Hastings will be coaching against the program he played for, as well as the program where he cut his teeth as a coach from 1990-94.
“They look like Duluth structurally,” Hastings said. “You can take the jersey and change it from maroon to black. They share a lot of the same tendencies. They play honest, they play in all three zones. Their forwards are creative and they are relentless. When they lost (Brodzinski) and they continued to play the way that they played after losing someone like that says a lot about their group and their resilience. Their D corps. is big, hard, and mobile. They’re well-coached and well-disciplined. They’re a hard out.”
Hastings’ group was supposed to be good. The struggles the team has had in the NCAA Tournament meant that not many people were predicting the Mavericks to reach the Frozen Four, but early in the season, everyone expected Mankato to be the top team in the WCHA.
St. Cloud traveled a different road. Not much was expected from this group after a sub-.500 season last year.
“Our success in the pod helped us a lot,” Larson said. “To go in and play nine games, in a short period of time, and come out 6-3 gave us some confidence that we can compete with some of the top teams in the country. That start to the year, getting off on the right foot, helped give us the fuel for the second half. Guys just started to believe.”
St. Cloud enters this game 19-10-0 while Minnesota State is 22-4-1 out of the WCHA.
Minnesota State will be led by junior Julian Napravnik (10 goals, 17 assists), who is one of four 20-point scorers on the roster and he’s tied with Reggie Lutz for most goals on the team.
With Brodzinski out, St. Cloud will turn to sophomore Jami Krannila (11 goals, 12 assists) and freshman Veeti Miettinen (11 goals, 13 assists) for the offense.
“We have been able to extend offensive zone shifts,” Larson said. “That starts with a good forecheck and retrieving pucks. We want to spend time in the other team’s end. When you play teams who have skilled forwards you want to make them defend as much as possible and not allow them to be on the offensive side of the game.”
The goaltending matchup will feature Hobey Hat Trick finalist Dryden McKay (1.39 GAA, .931 save percentage) against St. Cloud State senior David Hrenak (2.51 GAA, .910 save percentage), who has allowed two goals or less in four of his last five games.
Minnesota State and St. Cloud state will face off in the first national semifinal on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.