Two former Culver Military Academy hockey teammates will face off in the semifinals of the NCAA Frozen Four on Thursday, April 11. The Frozen Four is being played at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Cory Hibbeler, of No. 1-ranked Quinnipiac University, and Nic Dowd, of St. Cloud State University, will play in the second game of the national semifinals at 8 p.m. Dowd and Hibbeler are 2008 graduates. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. The championship game will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
A junior defenseman for the Bobcats (29-7-5), Hibbeler has played in 33 games. He has six goals and five assists for a total of 11 points. Quinnipiac advanced to the Frozen Four with a 4-3 win over Canisius in the East Regional semifinal and a 5-1 regional championship victory over Union.
Dowd is a junior forward for the Huskies (25-15-1). He has 14 goals and 24 assists in 41 games this season. He is second on the team in scoring with 38 points. The Huskies advanced with a 5-1 Midwest Regional semifinal win over Notre Dame (and David Gerths ’09) and won the championship game over Miami (Ohio), 4-1.
It is the first time either team has been to the Frozen Four. Semifinalist UMass Lowell (28-10-2) is also making the trip for the first time. Yale (20-12-3) hasn’t been since 1952, when the entire tournament featured just four teams.
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Dowd and several other members of the St. Cloud State hockey team are growing their hair for Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces for disadvantaged children suffering from medical issues. Their hair needs to be 10 inches long in order to donate. Watch this television news segment for details.