2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Clifton’s maturity and expanded role paying dividends for Quinnipiac

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Connor Clifton - Quinnipiac University - 2016 NCAA Frozen Four

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and Arizona Coyotes prospect Connor Clifton (#4) posted a +1 rating in the semi-final game vs. Boston College at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

Quinnipiac University junior defenseman Connor Clifton has come a long way since arriving in Hamden, CT over three years ago. The Matawan, NJ native began his collegiate career as a menacing presence on the blueline who also racked up the penalty minutes. Read more»

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Boeser reaping rewards of strong freshman season at North Dakota

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Brock Boeser - University of North Dakota - 2016 NCAA Frozen Four

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser notched a pair of assists in the Fighting Hawks 4-2 win over the University of Denver in the semi-finals of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

Freshman sensation Brock Boeser is a part of the University of North Dakota’s dynamic “CBS” line. He has performed as advertised and them some this season, as he is one of the nation’s most dominant freshmen. He earned the NCHC Rookie of the Year honor and was among the top candidates for the National Rookie of the Year award, an honor won Friday by Michigan’s Kyle Connor. Read more»

Harvard’s Vesey takes home Hobey, Demko, Connor honored, All-Americans named

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Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University - 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey was named the recipient of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award signifying the top player in all of U.S. college hockey, his second consecutive year as a finalist for that award (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

In the calm before the NCAA championship game storm that will take place on Saturday night in Tampa, U.S. college hockey handed out their top awards for the 2015-16 season. Those awards included the Tim Taylor Award, the Mike Richter Award, and the award designating the top player in all of NCAA hockey, the Hobey Baker Award. Read more»

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota makes long-awaited return to title game after win over Denver

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Nick Schmaltz - University of North Dakota - 2016 NCAA Frozen Four

Photo: University of North Dakota forward Nick Schmaltz slides the puck past University of Denver goaltender Tanner Jaillet to score the game-winning goal as the Fighting Hawks downed the Pioneers 4-2 to move on to the title game at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

A meeting of NCHC rivals went down to the wire in the second semi-final game at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, with the University of North Dakota’s Nick Schmaltz scoring a late goal to break a 2-2 tie that sent the Fighting Hawks on to a 4-2 win over the University of Denver at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Read more»

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Quinnipiac edges Boston College to advance to National Championship game

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Michael Garteig - Quinnipiac University

Photo: Quinnipiac University goaltender Michael Garteig flashes the leather to make a last-second glove stop of an Ian McCoshen shot to preserve the Bobcats’ 3-2 win over Boston College in the first semi-final game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

A goal scored in the second period goal by Landon Smith and an electrifying, last-second glove stop by goaltender Michael Garteig provided the difference as Quinnipiac University moved on to the title game with a 3-2 semi-final win over Boston College at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more»

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