Boston -- The first semifinal of the 2015 Frozen Four features Providence and Omaha, two teams that have never won a national championship, squaring off on TD Garden ice (5:07 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Both coaches, Nate Leaman and Dean Blais, are bringing new teams to the Frozen Four after guiding their previous schools to the Frozen Four. Both teams have good defensive numbers, but are teams that will get in deep on the forecheck and try to be creative.
The match-up features two of the best goaltenders in the nation, including Omaha's Ryan Massa, the national leader in save percentages.
|Regional||East Regional Champion||Midwest Regional Champion|
|Head Coach||Nate Leaman||Dean Blais|
|Frozen Four Appearances (Last)||4 (1985)||-|
|Goals Per Game (National Rank)||2.95 (21st)||2.74 (28th)|
|Goals Against Per Game (National Rank)||2.05 (5th)||2.26 (13th)|
|Scoring Margin (National Rank)||0.90 (10th)||0.47 (18th)|
|Penalty Minutes (National Rank)||10.4 (40th)||10.7 (33rd)|
|Power Play Percentage (National Rank)||15.2 (40th)||19.6 (19th)|
|Penalty Kill Percentage (National Rank)||85.9 (16th)||83.5 (T-26th)|
|Leading Scorer (Points)||Nick Saracino (35)||Jake Guentzel (38)|
|Leading Goal Scorer||Noel Acciari/Trevor Mingoia (14)||Austin Ortega (20)|
|Assists Leader||Nick Saracino (22)||Jake Guentzel (25)|
|Top +/-||Noel Acciari (+21)||Brian Cooper (+14)|
|Starting Goaltender||Jon Gillies (2.01/.929)||Ryan Massa (1.92/.939)|
|NHL Draft Picks||7||7|
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