Frozen Four run begins

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Drew LeBlanc skates against University of Wisconsin in the 2013 WCHA Final Five

Drew LeBlanc skates against University of Wisconsin in the 2013 WCHA Final Five. Photo by Joel Larsen for Husky Athletics.

Drew LeBlanc skates against University of Wisconsin in the 2013 WCHA Final Five Fans root for St. Cloud State during the 2013 WCHA Final Five Bob Motzko '89, coach of men's Husky Hockey 

St. Cloud State's road to the Frozen Four begins today in Toledo.

Men's Husky Hockey competes in the NCAA D-I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, a 16-team, single-elimination event that culminates with the Frozen Four April 11 and April 13 in Pittsburgh.

Check that: With four wins the Huskies would earn a White House photo opportunity with President Barack Obama.

The Huskies play 12:30 p.m. CDT in Toledo, Ohio, against University of Notre Dame.

All-session tickets for the Midwest Regional are $75 for three games ($65 for students) and are available at Ticketmaster outlets and Charge tickets by phone at 800-745-3000.

During a nationally televised March 24 event, the MacNaughton Cup champion Huskies (23-15-1) were matched with the Irish (25-12-3), which finished second in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and won that conference's post-season tournament. Learn about the NCAA selection committee and its objective process.

Notre Dame is rated higher than St. Cloud State in the PairWise Ranking, but lower in the poll. Since 1988, the Huskies are 5-5-0 versus Notre Dame. 

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With a win, St. Cloud State would play 3 p.m. March 31 in Toledo against the winner of the Miami University-Minnesota State, Mankato game. 

The Huskies missed an automatic NCAA tournament berth, losing 4-1 to University of Wisconsin in the March 22 semifinals of the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul. View the game story.

The tournament berth gives a boost to the Hobey Baker candidacy of senior captain Drew LeBlanc. Players participating in the tournament are thought to gain critical exposure -- and adherents -- from competing at the highest levels, before national audiences. LeBlanc leads the nation in assists and is tied for fifth in scoring.

A math education major from Hermantown, LeBlanc is among 10 finalists competing for college hockey's top honor, which is named for Hobart Baker (1892-1918), a Princeton University graduate, amateur hockey star and World War 1 pilot. The award is determined by fan balloting and the insights of a 23-member selection committee.

St. Cloud State is 1-9 in NCAA D-I tournament play. 

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