The Frozen Four 2016 live stream online and televised college hockey coverage heats up the ice on Thursday night. The Amalie Arena, home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, will host tonight’s final four squads as two of them will end up advancing to Saturday’s championship game. The first matchup features two elite squads battling it out, while the potential for a Cinderella story who wins the entire tournament could come from the second game. Tonight’s 2016 Frozen Four live streaming and televised NCAA men’s college hockey will be presented through the ESPN networks.
According to NCAA.com in an April 6 report, first up on the schedule are two No. 1 seeds that got to the final four and will look to replace 2015 champion Providence. On one side is Quinnipiac, led by junior forward Sam Anas, the active career points leader at this tournament. He’s racked up 69 career goals and 132 points over three seasons played for his school. Anas is a threat on the power-play and will try to take it to a tough Boston College Eagles team which includes impressive depth in terms of their forwards. Among them is Alex Tuch, Ryan Fitzgerald and Austin Cangelosi. In particular, Tuch scored a pair of goals against Harvard in the regional semifinal against Harvard.
Tonight’s second game features No. 2 seed North Dakota and No. 3 seed Denver. The Fighting Hawks of North Dakota feature a “CBS” line which includes Drake Caggiula and Brock Boeser. There’s also Nick Schmaltz who leads North Dakota with 34 assists this season, the most by any player in a single-season since T.J. Oshie. UND’s opponents, Denver, feature the “Pacific Rim” line which ranked top three in conference scoring from Jan. 1 through March 20 of this year. It includes leading scorer Danton Heinen who has 20 goals and 28 assists, as well as freshman Dylan Gambrell who has 17 goals and 30 assists, making his second overall in points on the team.
Odds makers listed both Boston College, Quinnipiac and North Dakota all with 4 to 1 odds to win this year’s tournament back on March 24. The Denver Pioneers came in at 10 to 1 odds, which was tied with the reigning champions Providence for third overall. For tonight’s semifinals matchups, BC vs. Quinnipiac was listed as a toss up on the moneyline at Sportsbet with both teams at -110 at the time of this report. For goal line betting, Boston College was also listed at +1 for -210, while Quinnipiac was -1 for +175. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are the favorite in the other matchup with a price of -185 while their opponents Denver are at +160 to win.
Thursday night’s Frozen Four 2016 semifinals begin at 5 p.m. Eastern Time when Boston College faces Quinnipiac. At 8:30 p.m. ET, North Dakota will take on Denver, with the winners of these two games meeting in Saturday’s final. Both of tonight’s semifinal matchups will be televised live around the United States via ESPN2. Live streaming online feeds are available for U.S. cable and satellite viewers on their WatchESPN apps or website. To see tonight’s games live streaming online for free, the best option may be for non-subscribers to sign up for a free 7-day trial of SlingTV which has ESPN and ESPN2 included in its channels. That would also allow for viewing of Saturday night’s championship.