Minnesota-Duluth's chances of advancing to the men's hockey national championship game have increased now that UMass has been impacted by COVID-19 ahead of Friday's national semifinal on Thursday.
UMass announced Tuesday that four players – Carson Gicewicz, Henry Graham, Jerry Harding and Filip Lindberg – cannot play in the Frozen Four semifinal due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.
Head coach Greg Carvel issued a statement saying the situation is "hard to comprehend," but is "a result we have to accept."
Gicewicz is a major loss for the Minutemen as he leads the team with 17 goals this season. Harding is also a staple in the lineup, and Lindberg is their goalie.
UMD-UMass is the second game of Thursday's semifinals. It starts at 8 p.m. CT. The first national semifinal is at 4 p.m. between St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Mankato.