This time of year, it is all about NCAA March Madness for most sports fans. However, it is not the only major collegiate sports tournament with a cool name taking place. The 2019 NCAA Frozen Four begins Friday, March 29th and the Philadelphia Flyers are well represented. Three of the organization’s prospects will compete with the hopes of bringing the National Championship back to their school.
Tanner Laczynski and the Ohio State Buckeyes will take on Denver Friday, March 29th at 4:00 pm ET. Laczynski posted 10 goals and 20 assists for Ohio State this season and is expected to be a big factor for the team in the tournament. This may be his last go-around with the Buckeyes as there is speculation that an entry-level contract might be in Laczynski’s future.
Jay O’Brien and Providence will begin their quest for a national championship on Saturday, March 30th against Minnesota State. O’Brien has had a quiet freshman year with only five points in 25 games. However, the Frozen Four would be a perfect time for his coming out party.
Of the three teams mentioned here, Minnesota-Duluth has the best chance of bringing home the National Title and Noah Cates is a big reason why. UMD starts of the tournament against Bowling Green in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 30th at 4:00 pm ET. Cates recorded nine goals and 13 assists in 36 games this season.
The Frozen Four is always a great tournament and is definitely worth the watch. All of the games will be one of the ESPN channels.
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