No. 2/2 Harvard (28-5-2) vs. No. 3/3 Minnesota-Duluth (27-6-7)
The Opening Faceoff
The No. 2/2 Harvard men's hockey team will head west to Chicago for the 2017 Frozen Four at the United Center, April 6-8, after winning the NCAA East Regional in Providence last week. The Crimson will face No. 3/3 Minnesota-Duluth Thursday evening at 6 p.m. ET in the first semifinal game of the night. The winner will advance to the finals Saturday evening at 8 p.m. ET, facing the winner of the No. 1/1 Denver vs. No. 12/4 Notre Dame matchup. Both semifinal games will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the championship will be shown on ESPN.
The First Line
• Harvard advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1994 after defeating Providence, 3-0, and Air Force, 3-2, last weekend at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
• Thursday's Frozen Four game against the Bulldogs will mark the 13th appearance in the national semifinals for the Crimson and first since 1994. Harvard has advanced to the championship game on three occasions (1983, 1986, 1989) and won the 1989 national title, the first NCAA team championship by any varsity team at Harvard.
• Harvard is participating in its 24th NCAA Tournament and fifth under current head coach Ted Donato '91.
• Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen was named the East Region's Most Outstanding Player in leading the Crimson to victories over the Friars and Falcons. Against Providence, Madsen stopped all 41 shots he faced, a new career-high, marking his third shutout of the year. He then turned away 27 of 29 shots the next night against Air Force, with both goals allowed coming in extra-man situations for the Falcons. The weekend prior, Madsen was the ECAC Hockey Tournament MOP, stopping 50-of-52 shots he faced in Lake Placid over championship weekend.
Last Time Out
Harvard punched its ticket to the Frozen Four with wins over Providence and Air Force in the East Regional at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. Goaltender Merrick Madsen was named the region's Most Outstanding Performer and was joined on the all-region team by Ryan Donato, Tyler Moy and Adam Fox. Moy scored twice in the 3-0 victory over the Friars and then potted another in the triumph over Air Force.
The wins were the first in the national tournament for the Crimson since a 1994 victory over New Hampshire in the quarterfinals.
To read the complete Harvard game notes, CLICK HERE.
Frozen Four Press Conference (Begins at 6:30 mark)
Recent Press Clippings
- Seniority Rules for Resurgent Harvard Hockey Team (The Harvard Crimson)
- Harvard hockey to battle Minnesota-Duluth in men's national semifinal tonight (Boston Herald)
- The path to the Frozen Four ends in Chicago (ESPN.com)
- Harvard's Seniors Have One Final Goal: A Hockey Title (New York Times)
- Meet the Navy SEAL who helped mold Harvard into Frozen Four contender (Boston Globe)
- To the Frozen Four (Harvard Magazine)
- College hockey: 10 things to know about the Frozen Four (NCAA.com)
- NCAA hockey: Alexander Kerfoot a big part of Harvard's path to Frozen Four (NCAA.com)
- Harvard's Pearl of Wisdom (College Hockey News)
- Fox's rookie-year point production a pleasant surprise for Harvard (USCHO.com)
- Harvard coach Ted Donato living a deja vu moment (The Virginian-Pilot)
Friends of Harvard Hockey Pregame Reception
Please join the Friends of Harvard Hockey at Park Tavern (3 blocks from the United Center) before the Frozen Four Semifinal on Thursday, April 6 for some socializing, light food and cash bar! Click here for more information and to register.
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Continue to check this page over the next week, as locations of watch parties across the country will be added.
FEATURED Watch Parties (FREE Giveaways and Appetizers at each location!)
Cambridge Queen's Head Pub (For Harvard Community members with a Harvard ID, +1 guest), 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Grafton Street Pub & Grill (Open to all fans!), 1230 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Other Boston/Cambridge Area Watch Parties
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House, 33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Club of Boston (Members only), 374 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Harvard Club of the North Shore, Tavern in the Square – Salem, 189 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970
Harvard Club of Worcester, British Beer Company, 225 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604
Nationwide Watch Parties:
Harvard Club of Washington D.C., Ventnor Sports Café, 2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Harvard Club of Chicago, Park Tavern, 1645 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
Harvard Club of Minnesota, Joe Senser's Sports Theater, 4217 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55437
Harvard Club of Central Ohio, Buffalo Wild Wings (Grandview), 968 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212
Harvard Club of Central Florida, Miller's Field House, 7958 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando FL 32819