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Frozen Four bound

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

The field is set.

Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State, Yale and UMass-Lowell are headed to Pittsburgh for the Frozen Four April 11 and 13.

Was really quite a weekend, as three of those four have never been to the Frozen Four, and the only one with any experience – Yale – did it during the Harry S. Truman administration back in 1952.

That means it will be a wide open weekend of college hockey in Pittsburgh.

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Schedule for April 11 at Consol Energy Center

Semifinal 1: Yale vs. UMass-Lowell, 4:30 p.m.

Semifinal 2: Quinnipiac vs. St. Cloud State, 8 p.m.

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The teams

Quinnipiac: The Bobcats are the No. 1 overall seed, and have Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell in goal. Sunday’s 5-1 rout of Union came via an NCAA record hat trick in just over three minutes by Matthew Peca in the East Regional final.

The team is not loaded with stars, but put together an incredible 21-game win streak this season under Coach Rand Pecknold.

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St. Cloud State

St. Cloud State got a pair of goals from two third line players on Sunday, and then clamped down for a 4-1 win against Miami (of Ohio) to advance as the No. 4 seed in the region.

The game-winner came off a slap shot by Joey Benik just five minutes into the game to give St. Cloud a lead, and they never looked back.

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Yale University

This was the last team to earn an at-large bid to the field, and got through the weekend with a pair of game-winning goals by Pittsburgh native Jesse Root.

His first came in OT on Friday against Minnesota. He then scored the eventual winner Saturday in a 4-1 win over longtime power North Dakota with 4:56 left to play.

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UMass-Lowell

The Riverhawks have a hot young goalie in net and are just a solid team that seems to be peaking at the right time.

Connor Hellebuyck, who towers in net at 6-4, 200 pounds, had 28 saves in Saturday’s win and has allowed just four goals in six postseason games.

They downed Hockey East rival New Hampshire 2-0 on 28 saves by Hellebuyck.

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