Hello from PPG Paints Arena, where the NCAA Frozen Four starts at 4 p.m. (Central) with St Cloud State facing Minnesota State Mankato, followed by Minnesota Duluth vs Massachusetts at 8 p.m. Both games are on ESPN2

A crowd of 4,500 is expected for today’s games, limited to 25% of capacity by the NCAA Judging by the reception the Huskies and Mavericks received when they took the ice for pre-game warm-ups, it should be a noisy gathering of Minnesotans

On my short walk from the adjacent hotel to the arena, I came across several groups of Minnesota fans, including the three Minnesota teams participating in the tournament, as well as a pair of longtime fans. Gophers wearing sweaters with the “B1G MISTAKE” nameplate

There is news from Pittsburgh today Minnesota Duluth second-year goaltender Ryan Fanti, who was supposed to support rookie Zach Stejskal, will not be available to play, a source said The Duluth News Tribune first reported that Fanti did not travel with the team due to COVID-19 protocols Stejskal, who started the NCAA Midwest Regional Final against North Dakota before recovering and to be relieved by Fanti, will start against UMass, and junior Ben Patt will be his replacement

Wednesday has been a busy day of Frozen Four preview coverage Go to startribunecom / sports for more coverage, and follow me on Twitter @RJstrib for in-game updates

Randy Johnson is the Puck Drop producer for the Star Tribune He was previously the beat writer for University of Minnesota football and hockey, as well as other college sports

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