Article by Matt Mackinder
Of the four Michigan natives on Frozen Four teams, two are left in North Dakota captain Matt Greene (Grand Ledge) and Denver goalie Peter Mannino (Farmington Hills).
Greene's Fighting Sioux took out Minnesota last night, 4-2, while Mannino's defending champion Pioneers squad won 6-2 over Colorado College. All six Denver goals were scored on the power play. Mannino made 41 saves and also had an assist in Denver's win and will most likely play in Saturday's title game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, after rotating all season with Glenn Fisher.
"Peter was terrific in goal, probably was one of our top stars, if not our best player," DU head coach George Gwozdecky said.
CC’s pain at losing to DU in the Frozen Four was eased a bit this afternoon when Marty Sertich was named as the 25th recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The Roseville, Minnesota native is the second Tiger player to win college hockey's most prestigious individual honor, joining former linemate Peter Sejna in 2003.
North Dakota and Denver clash at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night for all the marbles.