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Mar 20, 2014 10:00 AM by Jordan Mason

NCHC's Frozen Faceoff Week of March 17-23



Thursday, March 20 Practice Times (open to media)

9:45 a.m. CT - Denver

11 a.m. CT - Western Michigan

12:30 p.m. CT - North Dakota

1:45 p.m. CT - Miami


Following each practice will be a brief press conference in the media room at Target Center.


Friday, March 21 (semifinals)

4:08 p.m. CT - Denver vs. Western Michigan

7:38 p.m. CT - Miami vs. North Dakota


Saturday, March 22

3:38 p.m. CT - Third-Place Game

7:38 p.m. CT - Championship Game


Frozen Faceoff Notes

• The inaugural NCHC Frozen Faceoff field is set after three lower-seeded teams pulled quarterfinal road upsets to advance to the NCHC's championship weekend. In the first semifinal, both fifth-seeded Western Michigan and sixth-seeded Denver knocked off higher-seeded teams while eighth-seeded Miami upset Penrose Cup champions St. Cloud State for the third lower-seeded team to advance. Second-seeded North Dakota was the only higher-seeded team to advance.


• North Dakota and Miami enter the Frozen Faceoff boasting the two longest active NCAA Tournament streaks in the country with UND making 11 straight NCAA Tournaments and the RedHawks making eight straight. By capturing the Frozen Faceoff, either team would guarantee extending its streak.


• Denver senior goaltender Sam Brittain was named one of five finalists for the inaugural Mike Richter Award on Wednesday awarded to the NCAA's top goaltender. Brittain leads all NCHC netminders with a .934 save percentage and five shutouts during the season.


• Both semifinals and the championship game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network while the third-place game will be streamed free of charge on



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