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NCAA Hockey Betting Odds: The Frozen Four Is Set

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NCAA Hockey Betting Odds: The Frozen Four Is Set

Believe it or not, March Madness doesn’t just take place on the hardwood – there is an allegiance of NCAA Hockey Betting fans that look forward to the start of spring as well. The Frozen Four hockey tournament takes the best 16 NCAA teams in the land and lets them battle for the Division I Champ.

The tournament has been around in various shapes and forms since 1948 when it was called the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Winners of each of the six Divisions in NCAA Men’s Hockey get automatic bids into the tournament and the others are determined by playing themselves in. There have been NCAA Hockey Betting dynasties in the tournament – two of the participants this year are responsible for 16 combined Titles – Michigan has nine and North Dakota has seven.

This year’s tournament has seen all but one Number One seed fall at some time in the tournament. Along with the remaining Number One seed, there is a team that was highly touted before the season but underachieved, a team that has ridden defense to the Frozen Four and a team that boasts 12 freshmen on the roster. It is also the first time that an Eastern Conference team has failed to qualify for the Frozen Four.

In Game #1 of the NCAA Hockey Betting Frozen Four, Notre Dame takes on Minnesota Duluth.

- Notre Dame (25-13-5) vs. Minnesota Duluth (24-10-6)
Thursday, April 7, 5 PM ET.
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
Broadcast: ESPN2HD, ESPN3.com

Minnesota Duluth started the season with a ton of promise and was viewed by some as the team to beat but an up and down season had them 11th ranked coming into the tournament. They boast a fast paced lineup with perhaps the best line in the league – Mike and Jack Donnelly and Justin Fontaine.

Notre Dame has one of the youngest teams in the NCAA and it was the youngsters that erased the memory of a horrendous last season. They are inexperienced and have a reputation for falling apart in the post season. Their goaltender has been tremendous in the tournament so far – Mike Johnson is a difference maker!

Minnesota Duluth just knocked off a Number One seed – Yale and I think the momentum gained from that game will carry them past Notre Dame. Watch out for Notre Dame next year though!

BetUS Sportsbook NCAA Hockey Betting Pick: Minnesota Duluth

The second game of the evening features two juggernauts - one of these teams should win it all!

Michigan (28-10-4) vs. North Dakota (32-8-3)
Thursday, April 7, 8:30 PM ET (ESPN2HD/ESPN3.com)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
Broadcast: ESPN2HD, ESPN3.com

Amazingly, Michigan is making its 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament – it is their 24th appearance in the Frozen Four! Michigan has ridden a stingy defense this far. They are a veteran team with incredible attention to detail and are a nightmare to play against. The question begs – where is the offense going to come from.

North Dakota is the only Number One seed left in the tournament and have shown why. They have won 11 straight games and have outscored their two tournament combatants 12-1. They have a hot goaltender – Aaron Dell and they have the best player in NCAA Hockey – Matt Frattin.

It is difficult to imagine anyone slowing down North Dakota at this point. They are too talented in every aspect of the game. 11 wins in a row will become 12.

BetUS Sportsbook NCAA Hockey Betting Pick: North Dakota

The National Championship will take place:
Saturday, April 9, 7 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
Broadcast: ESPN2HD, ESPN3.com

Look for North Dakota to roll over Minnesota Duluth in the final to cap and incredible season!

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