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Frozen Four feature: Matt Frattin

Before playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the right wing honed his skills at the University of North Dakota

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 10:10 AM / Best of the Web
By Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter
      

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During the 2010-11 season at the University of North Dakota, Matt Frattin was very successful, leading the NCAA in goals scored. In his senior season, Frattin scored more goals than he did in his first three seasons combined. His 36 total goals were the third-highest single-season goal total in Division I college hockey in the previous 10 years, and the most since the University of Minnesota's Ryan Potulny had 38 in 2005-06.

Frattin also held an eight-game and a nine-game goal scoring streak during that season. He played a key role in North Dakota's success in the playoffs, scoring two game-winning goals in the WCHA playoffs en route to a Frozen Four appearance. He was the WCHA player of the year and was selected as a Hobey Baker Award finalist in that year as well.

Frattin On…

The Progression From College To The NHL: “The NHL’s a lot different than college. It just takes some time to get used to. You just slowly figure out the game you need to play to better teach yourself and progress to the player you want to be.”

The Frozen Four Atmosphere: “First year, we played in Denver – it was my freshman year - and then played my last year - my senior year – in St. Paul. The atmosphere was awesome there. We had a lot of North Dakota fans there and it was such an honor to go play in the Frozen Four. It’s so hard to get there because of the single elimination and because it’s a long season. You have to come out to play every game and all of the best teams are going to be the ones that come out on top.”

Working Towards Winning A National Championship: “You’re practicing three or four times a week and just looking for those Friday/Saturday games, so it definitely builds up quite a bit. And then when you start getting to playoff time and the national championship, it starts with regionals and then on to the Frozen Four. Every game counts. Every shift and every play is going to count, because you take one shift off and it could lose you the game and your season could be over.”

What Fans From Up North Should Know About Tampa: “I wish the Frozen Four was in Tampa when I was playing. Fans can expect hot, nice weather. Definitely bring your shorts.”