Updated: 04/10/2014 4:02 PM KSTP.com By: Nick Tabbert
Minnesota's Adam Wilcox defends the goal during team practice for the NCAA men's college hockey Frozen Four tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Philadelphia.
Photo: Photo: AP/Matt Rourke
Union doesn't have the championship banner, but the Dutchmen are no underdogs coming into the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.
The banners of past champions were raised to the rafters at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. North Dakota's seven titles were on display. So were the five each belonging to Boston College and Minnesota.
The only program without a previous championship is Union - the tiny, liberal arts college from Schenectady, N.Y.
What the Dutchmen do have is the No. 1 national ranking and a 15-game unbeaten streak.
Union (30-6-4) will play Boston College (28-7-4) in the first semifinal on Thursday at the home of the NHL's Flyers. Minnesota (27-6-6) and North Dakota (25-13-3) will meet in the late game. The winners will advance to Saturday's national championship game.
The Gophers' last appearance in the Frozen Four ended in a blowout loss to Boston College in the national semifinals two years ago. Minnesota, which makes its 21st Frozen Four appearance Thursday, have not won a national championship since the 2002-03 season, when it won its second consecutive title under head coach Don Lucia.
The Gophers' other championships came in 1974, 1976 and 1979.
North Dakota, the Gophers' former WCHA rival, has not won a title since 2000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.