Providence, Nebraska-Omaha, BU and North Dakota set for Frozen Four

Frozen Four preview: Jack Eichel and Boston University, NHL talent-laden North Dakota, Providence and Omaha-Nebraska battle for the national championship in Boston.
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BOSTON — The original field of 16 whittled down, the puck drops on the Frozen Four at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night. Semifinal action begins with Providence vs. Nebraska-Omaha (5 p.m. ET on ESPN2) followed by No. 2 seeded North Dakota taking on coveted NHL prospect Jack Eichel and No. 3 Boston University (8:30; ESPN2). The championship game will take place at TD Garden on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).

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Prediction: This will be a game between bona fide powerhouses. North Dakota’s devoted fan base will be represented but the Garden will mostly be filled with red and white. No one has been able to stop Eichel, Rodrigues, and O’Regan to this point and that trend will likely continue. There should be a lot of open ice chances with both teams willing to take risks and that will make for a very busy night for O’Connor and McIntyre. But in the end, BU will light the lamp just enough to make it to the final. Terriers 5–4.