For J. Connolly, Frozen Four Acts as a Homecoming

By KBJR News 1

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- As he steps on the ice Thursday in the NCAA Frozen Four, UMD junior All-American Jack Connolly will be, in a sense, returning home.

This year, the tournament is being held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the same building Connolly played several State tournament games as a Duluth Marshall Hilltopper.

Jack is currently third in the country with 58 points this season, many of them assists, something that he calls a huge source of pride.

"Passing is definitely the strong point of my game and it's nice playing with guys who can put the puck in the net, because obviously they wouldn't be assists if they didn't turn into goals," Connolly said. "I take pride in hitting guys on the tape and putting them in positions where they can score goals."

Connolly and the Bulldogs will take the ice Thursday at 4 p.m. in the national semifinals against Notre Dame.

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