BCHL grads skating in Frozen Four

The University of Nebraska-Ohama has built a division one NCAA powerhouse through BCHL recruiting.

The NCAA’s Frozen Four division one hockey championship faces off tomorrow on two fronts, with 15 BCHL grads in the games.

In one semi-final, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks take on the Providence Friars.

The Mavs roster includes Brock Crossthwaite, a former Langley Rivermen goaltender. He’s joined by Brian Rideout (Powell River/Cowichan Valley), James Polk (Penticton), Kyle Mountain (Penticton), David Pope (West Kelowna/Cowichan Valley), Luke Nogard (Powell River) and Kirk Thompson (Prince George).

The Friars have just two BCHL grads; Brandon Tanev (Surrey) and Josh Monk (West Kelowna/Salmon Arm/Surrey/Cowichan Valley).

The other semi-final has North Dakota taking on the Boston Terriers, with both teams light on BCHL grads.

North Dakota has four ex-Penticton Vees; Troy Stretcher, Wade Murphy, Mark MacMillan and Brendan O’Donnell.

The Terriers have Connor LaCouvee (Alberni Valley/Cowichan Valley/Merritt) and Sean Maguire (Powell River).

The winners of the two semi-finals will play the championship game Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) at the TD Center in Boston.

Get info online at ncaa.com/championships/icehockey-men/d1

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