Devils prospects in the Frozen Four

Odin be praised for David Conte.

While reading about the NCAA Ice hockey Championships I noticed that we have three Devils’ prospects – right wing James Massen (North Dakota, WCHA), right wing Barry Tallackson (Minnesota, WCHA), and center Travis Zajac (North Dakota, WCHA) – remain alive in the quest for the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship title.

We had five prospects last week if you include – defenseman Dan Glover (Cornell, ECAC), left wing Jason Ryznar (Michigan, CCHA).

North Dakota (24-14-5) and Minnesota (28-14-1) will face each other in the Frozen Four semifinals on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 PM ET. North Dakota defeated Boston University 4-0 in the first round on Friday, and top-seeded Boston College, 6-3, in the second round on Saturday in the East Regional in Worcester, MA. Zajac scored twice and added one assist on Saturday, including his first goal 42 seconds into the contest, and the second-period power play/game-winning tally. Zajac was selected by New Jersey in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, while Massen was selected in the sixth round in 2001.

Minnesota won two overtime contests in the West Regional in Minneapolis , MN – 1-0 vs. Maine on Saturday, and 2-1 vs. Cornell on Sunday – to advance to the Frozen Four. Tallackson, selected in the second round in 2002, scored the game-winning goal just 4:31 into the extra session.

The other semifinal bracket will feature Colorado College vs. Denver on April 7 at 2:00 PM ET – marking the first time in the 58-year history of the tournament that all four finalists are from the same conference. Five WCHA teams compiled an 8-1-0 mark in nine tournament games this past weekend.

All is well in the Devils system.