Frozen Four: Ferris State and Union College Will Steal Show from Major Programs

Many outside of the collegiate hockey scene may have never heard of Ferris State or Union College. but the two small programs will be getting some face time this afternoon.

They will face off in one semi-final of the Frozen Four to determine who competes for the NCAA championship. In the other semi-final, two much more well known hockey programs will square off: Boston College and Minnesota.

Sure BC and Minnesota are the heavyweights in this four-team equation, but the style of play from Ferris State and Union College may appeal to the purist.

Don’t get caught up in the name game.

There are a few reasons to pay attention to Ferris State and Union College.

Stellar Goalies

Union College’s Troy Grosenick won the Hobey Baker Award, and he has been awesome throughout the tournament. his 1.64 goals against average has helped the Dutchmen advance this far, and they’ll need another stellar performance from him today.

Primarily because they don’t figure to get much at the other end.

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Taylor Nelson of Ferris State is equally as tough. The senior has upped his play in the tournament, but Grosenick’s team defense may provide him with a slight edge.

Stingy Defenses

Both teams are in the top five nationally. The Dutchmen of Union College have only surrendered 70 goals this season. That is the fewest in the nation, and coupled with Ferris State’s defensive prowess, it virtually ensures the game will be a low-scoring affair.

Ferris State has only allowed 2.17 goals per game, good for fifth in the nation. if you like defensive hockey, this is the game for you.

Sleeper Players With a Future in the NHL

Neither team has had a player drafted by an NHL team, but don’t think for a minute the door is shut on all of the players in this game.

Ferris State senior Jordie Johnston has begun to stand out, and the Frozen Four will provide the biggest stage for him. He has 20 goals and 16 assists on the season, and he was huge in the regional final against Cornell where he netted a hat trick—including the game winner.

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Johnston has soft hands, and he’ll likely draw some attention from NHL scouts.

The two goaltenders will certainly get some love, especially Grosenick, but junior Jeremy Welsh was voted the East Regional’s most Outstanding Player. his continued solid play will increase the attention on him as a pro prospect.

This game is shaping up as a potential classic, and my prediction is a 2-1 victory for Union College in a game filled with beautiful saves and physical play.

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