April 2, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Frozen Four send-off for the University of Notre Dame hockey team will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 outside the Compton Family Ice Arena.
Fans and students can wish the Irish luck as they depart campus to head to Chicago for the 2017 Frozen Four. Fans are encouraged to begin lining up outside the front entrance to the Compton Family Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.
The No. 4 seeded Irish will meet No. 1 seed (and first overall seed) Denver at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night (April 6) in the second NCAA semifinal game at the United Center.
Notre Dame advanced to the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four by defeating UMass Lowell in overtime, 3-2, on March 26 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire in the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional Final. Sophomore forward Andrew Oglevie, who is in the midst of a breakout offensive season for the Irish, provided the overtime heroics with his 21st goal of the season, scored at 2:44 of the first overtime.
At the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional, the Irish erased deficits against both No. 1 seed Minnesota and No. 2 seed UMass Lowell to post back-to-back 3-2 victories. In 2017's 12 regional semifinal and regional final games, Notre Dame was the only team to trail in the second period or later and post a win.
Anders Bjork scored a pair of goals against the Gophers, including the game winner, and then had the primary assist on all three goals in the NCAA Regional Final win over the River Hawks. A Top Ten finalist for the Hobey Baker award, he was voted the NCAA East Regional's Most Outstanding Player and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Notre Dame will be playing in the Frozen Four for the third time in the last 10 years.
- The only other schools that can make that claim are North Dakota (5) and Boston College (5).
- The Irish have now reached the Frozen Four three times in school history (2008, 2011 and 2017), all under head coach Jeff Jackson.
- Junior goaltender Cal Petersen has started 89 consecutive games in the Irish net dating back to a 5-1 win over Maine on Feb. 7, 2015. It is the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history (men's DI).
- Notre Dame is out-scoring opponents 52-28 (+24) in third periods this season. The 52 third-period goals are tied for the fourth-most in the country.
- Anders Bjork has seven points in three career NCAA Championship games on three goals and four assists. He was named the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional's Most Outstanding Player.
- Notre Dame is playing in the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season, the fourth time in the last five years and the ninth time in program history.
- It marks the eighth NCAA Championship appearance by the Irish under head coach Jeff Jackson.
-- ND --
Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men's hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College ('06 & '08G).