The Frozen Four is now set, and the Blackhawks have been very well represented in this year’s tournament.
On Sunday, the University of Minnesota and Boston College both punched their tickets to join Union College and Ferris State University.
Minnesota defeated the University of North Dakota 5-2 in the early game. Defenseman Justin Holl, a second round pick by the Hawks last year, had one shot on goal and four penalty minutes in the win. For North Dakota, defenseman Nick Mattson was minus-one and defenseman Joe Gleason had one assist but was minus-two in the loss.
Dan Delisle didn’t play for Minnesota-Duluth in their match-up with Kevin Hayes and Boston College in the late game. BC won the game 4-0, and Hayes was plus-one.
There isn’t a Hawks prospect on Ferris State, but (as we’ve been saying for a few days) the Hawks are closely watching senior free agent forward Jeremy Welsh at Union.
It’s worth mentioning that current Blackhawks could have made a major impact on the NCAA tournament this year. Jimmy Hayes could have been a senior at Boston College. Nick Leddy could have been a junior at Minnesota, and Dylan Olsen could have been a junior at Minnesota-Duluth.