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2009 Frozen Four
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The 2009 Frozen Four took place April 9 and April 11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center, hosted by the United States Naval Academy and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. It was the first Frozen Four to take place in the District of Columbia.

The participants are:

  1. Boston University Terriers (#1 overall seed) (Northeast)
  2. Vermont Catamounts (East)
  3. Miami RedHawks (West)
  4. Bemidji State Beavers (Midwest)

This is Boston's first Frozen Four since 1997 and Vermont's first appearance since 1996. This is the first-ever appearance for Miami and for Bemidji. In fact, Bemidji's appearance is the first for any school from outside the "Big Four" conferences.

No team from last year's Frozen Four made it this year. It's the first time since 2005 Boston College did not make it, and the first time since 2004 North Dakota did not make it.

Boston, the #1 overall seed, was the only #1 seed to win a game in the regionals, and the only #1 or #2 seed to make it to the Frozen Four. Vermont was a #3 seed and Miami and Bemidji were #4 seeds.

Bemidji is the first College Hockey America team, and the first outside of the "Big Four" conferences, to make the Frozen Four. Bemidji and Miami became the second and third #4 seeds to advance to the Frozen Four (after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last year).

Semifinals Edit

The four regional champions played on April 9 in the semifinal round.

Boston University, clear favorites in a Frozen Four populated by underdogs, played conference foe Vermont in the first semifinal.

9 April 2009
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
 
1st 2nd 3rd Final
 NE#1 Boston University 2 1 2 5
 E#3 Vermont 0 3 1 4


The second game featured two newcomers to the Frozen Four, and one will end up playing in their first-ever Division I championship game.

9 April 2009
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
 
1st 2nd 3rd Final
 W#4 Miami (Ohio) 0 3 1 4
 MW#4 Bemidji State 0 1 0 1


NCAA Championship Game Edit

On April 11, the semifinal winners played in the NCAA Championship Game.

Boston scored first, but Miami tied it in the second period. In the third period, Miami took the lead at 12:31, then got an apparent insurance goal at 15:52. But Boston wasn't done. They pulled their goalie for an extra attacker with about three minutes remaining. Zach Cohen pulled the Terriers within one with 59 seconds remaining, and Nick Bonino scored with just 17 seconds remaining to force overtime.

Boston came up with the championship goal at 11:47 of overtime to end an amazing run by a RedHawks team that came within 17 seconds of an historic upset.

Boston's penalty kill was key to the win; they kept Miami scoreless on seven power plays. Miami, on the other hand, stymied Boston by staying out of the box, allowing the Terriers only two power plays.

11 April 2009
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
   
1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
 NE#1 Boston University 1 0 2 1 4
 MW#4 Miami (Ohio) 0 1 2 0 3


Boston University wins its fifth national title. Out of five tournaments (six if one counts the Northeast Regional separately) in which the Terriers participated this year, they won every single one, and ended the season with a 35-6-4 record.

All-Tournament Team Edit

Nick Bonino Boston Sophomore Forward
Colin Wilson Boston Sophomore Forward
Tommy Wingels Miami Sophomore Forward
Colby Cohen Boston Sophomore Defense
Kevin Roeder Miami Senior Defense
Kieran Millan Boston Freshman Goaltender

Colby Cohen is the Tournament Most Outstanding Player.


Team PhotosEdit



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