Minnesota To Face Boston College In Frozen Four

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Minnesota won the NCAA West Regional last weekend with wins against Boston University (video highlights) and North Dakota (video highlights) to advance to the program's 20th NCAA Frozen Four.

The Gophers beat Boston University 7-3 on Saturday before topping North Dakota 5-2 on Sunday to punch their ticket to the April 5-7 Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.

Minnesota will meet No. 1 Boston College in a national semifinal at 7 p.m. CT on April 5. The winner will advance to the national championship game at 6 p.m. CT on April 7 and will face either Union or Ferris State.

The Gophers and Eagles have met nine times in the NCAA tournament and Boston College leads the postseason series 5-4. The teams last met in the NCAA tournament in Northwest Regional on March 29, 2008, in Worcester, Mass. The Eagles won that game 5-2 and went on to win the national championship that season.

Prior to this year, 2008 was the last time Minnesota was in the NCAA tournament, so the last team to beat the Gophers in NCAA postseason play is Boston College.

Minnesota won the lone meeting between the two teams in the Frozen Four, as the Gophers won 14-1 in 1954 before falling to RPI 5-4 in overtime in the NCAA championship game in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 1954 game was the first meeting ever between the two schools, while the 2008 contest was the most recent.

Minnesota and Boston College have played 27 times overall and the Gophers lead the series 14-11-2. Minnesota is 8-1-0 at home against Boston College and 5-9-2 on the road. They are 1-1-0 in neutral-site games, with those being the 1954 and 2008 games.

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