BUFFALO, N.Y. — Since before the season, there was little doubt Providence could be one of the best teams in college hockey this season and get to the Frozen Four.
The team suffered through more valleys than expected, but there were plenty of peaks, including two weekends ago when the Friars played one of their best and most complete games of the season to get to Buffalo.
It was a convincing 4-0 triumph over Cornell in the East Regional final that came a day after a 6-3 comeback win against Minnesota State. This year’s march to the Frozen Four came in similar fashion to the 2015 team that ended up winning the program’s first national championship.
As it did in 2015, Providence advanced to the Frozen Four as the fourth seed and one of the last teams to make it into the NCAA Tournament. The Friars also were unexpectedly ousted in the Hockey East Quarterfinals in both 2015 and 2019.