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