The 2016 NCHC Frozen Faceoff is down to two with the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and the St. Cloud State Huskies. The finals will be held on March 19 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Bulldogs dispensed of the nationally number one ranked University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks in a 4-2 performance. The loss snapped an eight game Fighting Hawk win streak and gave confidence to a Bulldogs team that needs a win in the NCHC tournament to make it to the NCAA tournament next week.
The St. Cloud State Huskies defeated the Denver Pioneers 4-2 in the night cap of Semifinal Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Huskies came out playing a physical brand of hockey and, with the help of smothering defense and goaltender Charlie Lindgren, the Huskies wore down Denver. The Huskies, once ranked the top team in the nation, are still in the top five.
The Pioneers and Fighting Hawks will meet for third place on March 19. The tournament will be capped off by the finals between the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and their in-state rivals, the St. Cloud State Huskies in the night game, 7:30 PM on March 19.
Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for updates from the NCHC Frozen Faceoff as well as results and photos from the Big Ten tournament from St. Paul.