Ohio State upends Denver University in The Frozen Four
March 26, 2018 11:39 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
Ohio State easily upended defending national champion Denver University, 5-1, in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Division I men's hockey championship -- aka "The Frozen Four" -- which opens in St. Paul, Minn., this weekend.
Denver (22-10-8), was led by senior goalie Tanner Jaillet, who finishes with 81 career wins and is the favorite to claim consecutive Mike Richter Award trophies as national goalie of the year. With the Pioneers out, the road to the championship is wide open.
Ohio State is one of three Big Ten teams in the Frozen Four. The others are Michigan, which equaled an NCAA mark with its 25th Frozen Four appearance (but first since 2011), and Notre Dame.
The fourth team is Minn.-Duluth, which won the national crown in 2011, also at St. Paul and should hold a huge home advantage. The Bulldogs were just a third seed, but had an easier road by defeating Air Force, which earlier upset the overall top-seeded St. Cloud State in the first round.
Among the final four schools, Ohio State is the lone top seed remaining from the four regions, thus will be the betting favorite.