Chicago Blackhawks prospect Aidan Thompson wins National Title with Denver Pioneers

Blackhawks prospect Aidan Thompson and the Denver Pioneers took home the national title trophy with a 2-0 win over Boston College on Saturday night.
2024 Frozen Four - Denver v Boston College
2024 Frozen Four - Denver v Boston College / Richard T Gagnon/GettyImages

It all came down to Saturday night, where Chicago Blackhawks prospect Aidan Thompson and the Denver Pioneers took on the Boston College Eagles for the National Championship.

These two met earlier in the season, where the Pioneers secured a 4-3 win, however, regular season results aren't as important once the postseason rolls around.

The Pioneers were seeking their tenth title and first one since the 2022 season, while the Eagles were going for their sixth title and first since the 2012 season. Regardless of who wins, a new champion will be crowned as last year's champions, Quinnipiac did not make the Frozen Four.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the second period on goals by Jared Wright and Rieger Lorenz, the Pioneers never looked back on their way to their tenth title by taking down the Eagles by the same score in a wire-to-wire win.

Pioneers' goaltender Matt Davis was brilliant, as he made 35 saves in a shutout performance against a Boston College team that featured four first round picks on their roster.

Thompson, a sophomore forward and third round pick in the 2022 draft by the Blackhawks, took two shots and was held without a point, but he was still a factor in the game.

Going 7-for-12 on faceoffs, Thompson did his part in helping the Pioneers control the puck. He had a significant face-off win late in the third period, while the Pioneers were in the defensive zone and the Eagles pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

For now, Thompson and the Pioneers will enjoy a much-deserved championship celebration, but he will have a decision to make on whether he signs with the Blackhawks or returns to Denver for another year of college hockey.

Through two seasons with Denver, Thompson has 62 points on 21 goals and 41 assists in 75 games, and he can now call himself a national champion.