Two New England Teams Underdogs at Frozen Four

Two New England Teams Underdogs at Frozen Four
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The men's Frozen Four in NCAA hockey starts Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Top-ranked Minnesota (28-9-1) faces No. 5 Boston University in the first game at 5 p.m. and No. 2 Quinnipiac University will face No. 3 Michigan (26-11-3) in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.

The winner will advance to the national championship on Saturday at 8 p.m. All games will be televised on ESPN2.

Per Massachusetts sports betting regulations, it is legal to bet on the Frozen Four even with a Massachusetts team because it is a tournament with at least four teams.


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New England Represents in Force

Boston University (29-10) has won nine consecutive games after losing four in a row.  The Terriers have posted a 5-3 record at neutral sites, including two straight at the Manchester Regional with wins over Western Michigan (5-1) and No. 12 Cornell (2-1) to advance.

Seniors Wilmer Skoog and Ethan Phillips scored goals and junior goalie Drew Commesso kept Cornell scoreless until the final minute as BU advanced to the Frozen Four for the 23rd time. The Terriers will be making their first national semifinal appearance since 2015.

Quinnipiac University (32-4-3), located in Hamden, Conn., has won two in a row and 14 of its last 15 games. Quinnipiac outscored its opponents in the NCAA Bridgewater Regional, 9-1, highlighted by a 4-1 victory over Ohio State in the final. The Bobcats advance to the Frozen Four for the third time in school history and for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

Latest WynnBET Odds Breakdown

As of Tuesday mid-afternoon, both New England teams are slight underdogs on Massachusetts sports betting apps in the national semifinals.

According to the latest WynnBet odds, Minnesota is -200 to upend Boston University (+148) in the first game. Michigan is -167 to defeat Quinnipiac (+125) in the nightcap.

Odds to win the national championship:Minnesota (+150), Michigan (+250), Boston Univ. (+375) and Quinnipiac (+400). 
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Of note, 44.3% of current tickets to win the championship are on BU with 38.9% of the handle.  Sounds like major Boston backing.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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