In case you haven't heard, the Minnesota Gophers and Boston College Eagles face off Thursday night in Tampa in the semis of the Frozen Four. Boston College is the top ranked team in the country, and one of the top defensive teams in the nation against the Gopher's top ranked offense. For such a monumental occasion we thought we'd talk to the opposition and get some background and perspective on the Eagles.
(They also asked us a few questions and we answered over at BC Interruption in a post they like to call Five Good Minutes: Minnesota Hockey preview with The Daily Gopher)
Grant Salzano is one of the editors of SB Nation Boston College blog BC Interruption and was kind enough to answer some questions about the big Frozen Four tilt between our Gophers and their Eagles...
The Daily Gopher: This is Minnesota's first Frozen Four since 2005, so fans are excited just to be here again. Jerry York has you here almost every year, and you're the definitive favorites. How are BC fans feeling about another Frozen Four?
Um, Tampa? Your opinion on an interesting choice of venue for a not-so-"Frozen" Four.
Your site had a good post last week on how unfriendly E!SPN has been to college hockey (and the NHL and hockey in general). Will choosing a non-traditional site like Tampa help to find new viewers, and what else can be done to increase the level of interest in the sport? And what, if anything, can be done about E!SPN?
We polled our readers last year on what kind of school they thought Minnesota was- football, basketball, or hockey? Hockey won in a landslide. If you polled BC Interruption readers, would they say BC is a hockey school?
Hockey East expansion is coming, which looks like it'll add Notre Dame and UConn. Less games against rivals but adding Notre Dame doesn't seem like a fair trade to me. Thoughts?
Your pro sports teams had a pretty torturous history, then in the past 10 years you've won every major pro sports championship at least once. Who did you have to sell your soul to, and how can Minnesotans get this deal? Gopher hockey is about our only team with any semblance of hope right now.
Ok then onto the game: BC has won 19 million a row coming in (hang on...I'm being told it's 17 in a row, which in college hockey might as well be 19 million). What has been working so well for them?
Junior F Chris Kreider has been getting all sorts of hype as the New York Rangers top prospect- Is he all hype or the real deal?
Both teams have a dynamite 5'7 freshman forward. Tell us about Johnny Gaudreau, who's been absolutely on fire since February.
I did not know that Mike Milbury was initially named head coach in 1994 but backed out and the Eagles took Jerry York instead. On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you Milbury didn't work out? A 12? 1200?
The key to beating BC is...
Thoughts on playing the Gophers Thursday?
Finally, give us a prediction for the game...