LAKE PLACID, N.Y. --- Norwich University and Oswego State University both find themselves in familiar territory, in the NCAA division III men's ice hockey national championship semi-finals, while Utica College and Wisconsin-Eau Clair each make their first-ever run at the Frozen Four.
Norwich University (24-3-1) blanked 10th ranked Babson College 4-0 in their NCAA championship tournament quarterfinal match-up last night. The second ranked Cadets had lost their three previous games against the Beavers, including last week when they fell 2-1 in the ECAC East championship game. The win pushed Norwich into the semi-finals for the fourth consecutive year, also their 11th trip in the last 17 seasons, where they will face Oswego, Friday, March 15, in Lake Placid, N.Y., at 4 p.m.
The number-three Lakers (24-4-0) are also headed back to the NCAA division III men's ice hockey semi-finals for a fourth straight season. Oswego State skated past the nation's sixth ranked team Adrian College 3-2 and snapped the Bulldogs 17-game winning streak. They also outshot their hosts 55-33.
Seventh ranked Utica College (21-5-1) came back from two goals down to double up fifth ranked Bowdoin, 4-2. The Pioneers spotted the Polar Bears two first period goals before bouncing back with a three goal third period.
Utica will now face Wisconsin-Eau Clair, at 7:30 p.m., in Friday night's second semi-final contest. Utica has never skated against the fourth ranked Bluegold in the program's 12 year history.
Wisconsin-Eau Clair (26-5-2) earned their first trip to the Frozen Four by upsetting topped ranked and two-time defending national champions St. Norbert 3-1. The victory avenged last week's Peters Cup championship loss to the Green Knights. This was the fourth meeting between the two schools this season, splitting the season-series at two games apiece.
Friday night's winners will move on to Saturday's championship game, slated for 7 p.m., in the famed Olympic center's 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena. Tickets for the 2013 NCAA division III men's ice hockey championships, co-hosted by Plattsburgh State University College (PSUC) and the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), are on sale now. Tickets are available on line by visiting http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=2439, by calling the Olympic center box office, 518-523-3330, or by stopping by the center's box office, 2634 Main St., Lake Placid. All three games will also be streamed live on-line on NCAA.Com.
Media Advisory: Credential requests for the semi-finals and championship games are now being accepted. To apply, please visit http://www.ncaa.com/media. All media attending the NCAA championship event must be credentialed. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 518-523-1655 ext. 5313.