2013 Frozen Four: O’Gara part of productive freshman class at Yale

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2013 NCAA Frozen Four

Article: Hockey's Future chats with Yale defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Rob O'Gara at the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, PA.

Freshman defenseman Rob O’Gara (BOS) has been a part of a Yale frosh class that has been instrumental in helping the school reach the Frozen Four, primarily due to their stepped up play and contributions. O’Gara has continually garnered more ice time which has also greatly benefited his development. The Nesconset, NY native has posted six points (all assists) in 35 games to date.

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2013 Frozen Four: NCAA title assured of going to first-time winner

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Scott Wilson - University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Photo: UMass Lowell forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Wilson heads into the Frozen Four on the heels of a strong performance in the NCAA regionals (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

The four-team field is now set for the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, which takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA on Apr. 11th and 13th. None of the four teams taking part in this year's tournament have won an NCAA hockey title, so there will be a new national champion that will also win their program’s first-ever National Championship.

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Gaudreau, Hartzell and Leblanc named Hobey Baker finalists

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Drew Leblanc - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Cloud State forward and captain Drew Leblanc (R) bounced back from an injury-shortened 2011-12 campaign to turn in what could be a Hobey Baker-worthy season in his senior year (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)

The top three finalists for this year’s Hobey Baker Award have been announced. Boston College sophomore and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau, Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State red-shirted senior Drew Leblanc comprise this year’s “Hobey Hat Trick”. Each year, the award recognizes the top collegiate player who excels both on and off the ice.

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Olkinuora making the most of his opportunities with DU

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Juho Olkinuora - Denver University

Photo: The season is over for Juho Olkinuora and his Denver University teammates, but the Pioneers' goaltender has come out of nowhere to the point where he is now on the NHL's radar (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Two years ago, Juho Olkinuora was an unknown. After going 14-13 with a 2.78 goals-against average in 2011 for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, the Helsinki native returned home to Finland empty-handed with no scholarship offers to play college hockey in the United States.

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NCAA college prospects notebook for March, 2013

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Riley Barber - Miami University

Photo: Although Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber and his Miami University teammates had their season ended by St. Cloud State, Barber had an enormously successful freshman season with the RedHawks (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)

The final 2012-13 edition of the NCAA notebook takes a look back at some of the month’s memorable performances and fantastic finishes. The notebook also takes a look at a few surprises that took place around college hockey involving a number of NHL prospects playing in college hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 31st.

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