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Apr 8, 2008 7:00 PM

Power Plays by Kevin Stott |


EDITOR’S NOTE: With the NHL’s regular season just coming to an end, we’re going to take a one-week intermission break to assess the opening round matchups. However, you can check our gamingtoday.com website daily for Kevin’s Stanley Cup profiles and selections.

Usually it’s all NHL, but this is an ideal time to give the NCAA hockey championship some love. Here are the semifinal matchups in the Frozen Four, slated for April 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. With permission of the Colorado Avalanche, of course.

Michigan -210 vs Notre Dame (5½ total at Hilton): Notre Dame (26-15-4) iced No. 1 and 3 seeds NH and MSU in the West Regional as goalie Pearce (1.93 GAA) sparked the Fighting Irish’s back-to-back upsets to make their first Frozen Four. ND is led by Thang (27 points), Van Guilder (25) and Lawson (24) on offense but has been held to two goals or less in 10 of their last 15 games. The skating Irish average the least goals per game of all teams left.

Top-seeded Michigan (33-5-4) had an easy road to Denver icing No. 4 Niagara and No. 3 Clarkson behind netminder Sauer (1.87). Hobey Baker candidate Kevin Porter is the Wolverines superstar and will likely snag the prestigious award Friday night. Expect ND to try and grind it out. But Michigan is just too experienced and has four killer lines. MICHIGAN (BEST BET).

North Dakota -155 vs Boston College (5½ total at Hilton): BC (23-11-8) has two titles and made this Frozen Four beating Minnesota and Miami (OH). Gerbe (57 points) is a Hobey Baker candidate and MVP of Hockey East. BC is force to be reckoned with on offense while frosh G Muse holds it down in the net (2.26 GAA).

North Dakota (28-10-4) features two of college hockey’s most talented players in defending Hobey winner Duncan (36) and 2008 candidate Lamoreux (1.65 GAA). The Fighting Sioux own seven national titles and are ranked No.2 by USA Today/American Hockey Magazine. ND is in its fourth straight Frozen Four and its’ defense has scored a nation-leading 102 points. NORTH DAKOTA.

NOTE: Caesars Palace listed BC as an early -120 favorite over North Dakota so shop around for the price and team you want. CP’s odds to win it all are: Michigan 6-5, Boston College 5-2, North Dakota 5-2 and Notre Dame 6-5.