This year’s Frozen Four games will take place on April 8, at the PPG Arena in Pittsburgh. There’ll be two games: St. Cloud State vs Minnesota State at 5 PM EST (2 PM PST / 10 PM BST) and Minnesota-Duluth vs Massachusetts at 9 PM EST. Two days later, the winners of these fixtures will face off in the NCAA Division I Championship. Can’t make it in person? No problem; below, we’ll let you know how to stream the 2021 Frozen Four and Championship for free online.
You should note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. Unlicensed streams are almost inevitable for major sporting events, but they offer a far inferior experience. Their video is often only available in low resolutions, and there may be a significant delay. Further, these streams can be taken offline for copyright violation at any moment, meaning you might not even get to see the end of the game. These games will be available for free anyway, so there’s no need to resort to unreliable, unauthorized streams.
If you’re traveling abroad, you’ll need a VPN to watch these games on the same services you would back home.
How to stream the Frozen Four abroad with a VPN
New to VPNs and not sure where to start? Follow the steps below to unblock and stream the Frozen Four from anywhere in the world.
Here’s how to live stream the Frozen Four games online from anywhere:
- Start by signing up for a suitable VPN. We recommend NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are both strong, reliable alternatives.
- Next, download and install the VPN app. There will be a few different versions, so make sure to get the right one for your device.
- Decide which of the streaming services below you’d like to use.
- Connect to a VPN server in the relevant country. You’d use an American server to unblock ESPN abroad, for instance, or a Canadian server for TSN.
- Try playing a video on your chosen service. In most cases, it’ll begin almost instantly, but if not, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, then refresh the page.
The NCAA Frozen Four and Championship games will be streamed live. As such, it’s important to test your VPN with the steps above well before the first game begins. This way, you’ll know of any issues in advance, which gives you plenty of time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team. This approach also prevents you from missing the start of a game due to unforeseen technical problems.
How to watch the Frozen Four and Championship for free on US TV
These games will be streamed live on ESPN2. If your cable TV package includes ESPN, you can log in and start watching right away at no added cost. Luckily, ESPN enables you to sign in with several over-the-top providers too, meaning you can still live stream the NCAA Frozen Four and Championship games if you don’t have cable TV.
Currently, AT&T TV Now, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, and YouTube TV all offer access to ESPN. These services are fairly expensive (ranging from $30–65 USD per month), but they all come with a free trial that’s long enough to watch all three games. This means that as long as you remember to cancel once the tournament is over, you won’t be charged.
All of the platforms above are region-locked, meaning you’ll need a VPN to use them from outside of the US. Additionally, most of them require you to sign up with a payment method linked to a US address. However, some, like Hulu, allow you to pay via gift card. This means you can effectively sign up from anywhere. Need a VPN? NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can stream the Frozen Four completely risk-free.
Where else can I watch the NCAA Frozen Four and Championship online?
The NCAA might be best known for its American teams, but it has fans all over the world. Accordingly, the Frozen Four and Division I Championship will be shown in several countries outside of the US. Take a look below to find out how to watch wherever you are:
TSN has exclusive broadcasting rights to this tournament in Canada. While the championship game will be available online and on traditional TV, the first two will only be shown via the TSN website and TSN app. If you have cable TV (and your package includes TSN), you can sign in and watch every game live online.
Don’t have cable? TSN also offers online-only passes, which cost $7.99 CAD per day or $19.99 per month. Unfortunately, this service doesn’t offer any kind of free trial. Further, it only accepts payment methods linked to a Canadian address. This makes it very difficult for foreign users to sign up, although Canadians in other countries can still register as normal.
As TSN is geo-restricted, you’ll have to either be in Canada or connected to a Canadian VPN server in order to watch anything.
British hockey fans can watch the NCAA Division I Championship and semifinals live on BT Sport. If you’re already a BT TV customer, just sign into the website with your account details to stream the matches at no added cost.
Alternatively, you can sign up for an online-only pass to stream the 2021 Frozen Four and Championship game online without cable. This costs £25 per month, although there’s no free trial, unfortunately.
BT Sport is only available in the UK. Remember that if you usually live elsewhere, you can access streaming services from your home country using a UK VPN server.
These games will be shown on ESPN in Australia. Fetch and Foxtel customers can stream them live online, at no extra cost, with the WatchESPN or Foxtel Go apps. St. Cloud State vs Minnesota State will be shown live at 7AM, with Minnesota-Duluth vs Massachusetts at 11 AM on April 9. The Championship game will air live too, from 9 AM on April 11.
If you don’t have cable TV, you can sign up for Foxtel Now instead. Normally, you’d pay $54 AUD per month for the required channel packs, but the base subscription ($25 per month) comes with a 10-day free trial. During this period, you’ll have access to every channel Foxtel offers, including ESPN. As such, you can sign up, stream the Frozen Four and Championship games, then cancel to effectively watch it all for free.
Fetch and Foxtel Now are geo-restricted, meaning you’ll need a VPN to use them abroad. Additionally, Foxtel Now requires you to enter an Australian phone number during registration, which makes it difficult to sign up unless you usually live in Australia.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to watch the 2021 Frozen Four and NCAA Championship games on your local ESPN channel. There are over a dozen of these catering to users in Japan, the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia, and in some locations, you can even watch the games live. It’s worth noting that while these may be broadcast late at night in your country, they should be made available on-demand the following day, allowing you to watch at a more convenient time.
Which team is expected to win?
At the moment, Minnesota State look like a solid pick over St. Cloud. They’ve had a far better season, with just four losses and 22 wins, compared to the Huskies’ 10 losses, 19 wins. They also have a higher number of average shots per game (though it’s worth mentioning that St. Cloud has a far higher rate of saves per game.
When it comes to Minnesota-Duluth vs Massachusetts, things get more complicated. UMass famously beat their rivals in the 2019 Championship, so both teams can be expected to leave it all on the ice come April 10. You’ll just have to tune in and see what happens for yourself!