Matt Knies is in the Frozen Four

Update: Unfortunately, the wrong Minnesota team won, and Matt Knies and Mike Koster (and Ben Meyers) ended the season. What happens next? We’ll find out.

Maple Leafs prospect Matt Knies will play tonight in the Frozen Four semi-final with the University of Minnesota. He doesn’t confuse them with the state of Minnesota because those are his opponents.

The Frozen Four is the annual NCAA hockey championship played each spring. The NCAA is divided into several conferences, and teams play most of their games within their conference. Those conferences have playoffs and declare a champion. Once all of those results are in, those top teams are rounded out with teams chosen by a committee to play in regionals. The four regionals narrow down the teams to four finalists for the big show.

The Frozen Four is a great show. It takes place in one place, this year in Boston, and there’s a lot of hype, marching band shenanigans, and very few hockey games. The Frozen Four is single elimination with two semifinal games today and the final on Saturday. It’s a party, but anxious.

In March, Ohio State won its first championship in the women’s Frozen Four using this same format. The final was a nail-biting 3-2 that was not decided until well into the third half.

The first men’s semifinal is at 5 pm and features Denver vs. Michigan. There will be plenty of buzz thanks to the likes of Matty Beniers, Kent Johnson, Brendan Brisson, Owen Power and Luke Hughes. And that’s just Michigan.

The second men’s semifinal, the Minnesota Bowl, is at 8:30 pm, the same time the Leafs take on the Stars.

who to look at

In the good Minnesota team, along with the Knies, you can also see Mike Koster, recruited by the Leafs. There are also a lot of players drafted by other teams, and also undrafted Ben Meyers.

Meyers, the captain, is 23 years old, he plays as a centre-back/winger, he scores very well and always has. He’s not a star, but you might be surprised to learn that he’s 5’11” and weighs less than 200 pounds. He was probably even smaller at 18. He also has a November birth date, and studies repeatedly show that people born in the last quarter of the year they are recruited lower than they should be and there are fewer recruits each year than people born in the first quarter.As the youngest and smallest player on many of his teams when he was a teenager, the scouts They passed over Meyers. Brigstew really wants the Leafs to sign him, Kyle, just so you know. There’s no reason not to.

Matt Knies, if you forgot, was drafted last year in the second round. He’s also a late birthday, so he’ll be turning 20 this fall just as everyone’s new season begins.

He’s 6’3”, nearly 200 pounds and plays a very aggressive front control game as a winger or center. He is relentless in his pursuit of the puck in a way that will make every coach swoon. She’s also decently agile, very strong, and plays with a kind of intensity that makes me think of Natalie Spooner or Sarah Nurse. She’s not up to her skill level as scorers, but she’s got all the other things: drive, ambition, work ethic, intelligence. He played alongside Nick Abruzzese in the Olympics and was clearly the better player of the two in the more obvious ways of making an impact. Abruzzese has a more subtle game.

Mike Koster is 20 years old and celebrates a birthday next week. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2019. He’s a defenseman, he’s actually much smaller than Timothy Liljegren and he’s got a pretty big hill to climb when he turns pro. Only in his second year in the NCAA, he still has a few years of school left before it’s time to make a decision.

Speaking of decision time, everyone is up for it or not, should or shouldn’t be with Matt Knies and his impending decision to continue in school or go pro. This is my opinion: he must do what is right for him. In the meantime, we can see him try to beat the evil Minnesota team tonight. It pains me to report that he doesn’t wear number 67 for Minnesota, he’s number 89 there.

How to watch?

TSN has the rights to Frozen Four in Canada and they chose not to air it on any channel. Both games are available online only through their additional broadcast coverage. If you have TSN on cable or satellite, you can create an account online and watch for free. If you don’t, you can pay for a single day’s online access for $7.99. If you want to check out other stuff for the next month, a single month is $19.99.

In the United States, the games are broadcast on ESPN2 and broadcast on

If the correct Minnesota team prevails, the final is Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

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