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Thursday Morning Skate: NCAA Hockey Tonight!

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CONSOL energy Center: Home of the Mario Lemieux And Two Butts Statue
CONSOL energy Center: Home of the Mario Lemieux And Two Butts Statue
Justin K. Aller

Yes, there's a Bruins game tonight. However, there are also the NCAA Division 1 Boy's Hockey semifinals. Here are tonight's games:

4:30pm: Umass Lowell vs. Yale, ESPN2

Umass Lowell won their first Hockey East regular season and playoff championships this season, and have been white-hot in the tournament. Plenty of people thought their game vs. Wisconsin would leave us with the eventual national champion. Umass Lowell positively smoked Wisconsin 6-1, then shut out University of (still) No Hardware 2-0. Tonight, they take on the Yale "we beat Minnesota and North Dakota" Bulldogs. Yale is the only team in the tournament to make the Frozen Four before, and it was the early 60s. Should be a fun game, but I expect Umass Lowell to earn their first trip to the Finals.

8:00pm: Quinnipiac vs. St. Cloud State, ESPN2

Quinnipiac is from the EZAC so they weren't seen as a threat, despite their 1st overall seed in the national tournament. They squeaked by Canisius 4-3 and romped Union 5-1. They've got plenty to prove, like that their athletic conference isn't a bigger waste of time than NCHC. I mean, uh...on to St. Cloud State! St. Cloud State is in Minnesota, and is the only school left in the Frozen Four from that state. They're also the only team without a dude from Arizona on them, so I expect them to lose. St. Cloud upset Notre Dame 5-1, and then took out Miami (Ohio) 4-1 to earn their spot in tonight's game. Honestly should also be a good one.

Hope y'all get a chance to watch these and tonight's Bruins game!