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« College hockey | NCAA West Region semifinal recap: Minnesota 7, BU 3 | Main | College Hockey | NCAA West Region championship game: Minnesota 5, UND 2 »

March 25, 2012

College Hockey | Who wants a ticket to Tampa?

Posted by: Feldman

To answer the question in the headline, Union and Ferris State do. They've already earned their places in the Frozen Four, set for April 5 and 7 in Tampa, Fla. They will play each other in one somewhat-unlikely national semifinal, while the other national semifinal will feature two powerhouse programs. It just hasn't yet been determined which powerhouses will fill those spots.

We'll know in a matter of hours, as Minnesota and North Dakota face off at 4:30 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in the West Region final. Minnesota Duluth and Boston College meet at 7 p.m. in the Northeast Region final in Worcester, Mass. Both of those games are on ESPNU (channel 402 with Charter Cable in Rochester area) and ESPN3.com.

A couple of quick thoughts on today's Minnesota-UND game: 1. Watch out for Kyle Rau. The Gophers freshman always seems to come up big in big games. 2. Watch North Dakota's second line, of Mark MacMillan, Carter Rowney and Michael Parks. If UND has any chance to win this game, it has to get production out of that group.

We're just more than 4 hours from puck drop for the UND-Minnesota game, so if you're in the need of some time-killing activities, here are links to some articles about today's game and how the rivals got here:

STAR TRIBUNE: Gophers 7, BU 3

STAR TRIBUNE COMMENTARY: Gophers looking forward to rematch with rival

STAR TRIBUNE COMMENTARY: UND's Kristo is all the way back

STAR TRIBUNE: Gophers seniors enjoying the ride

STAR TRIBUNE: Gophers vs. UND in NCAA play (chart)

PIONEER PRESS: Gophers stop BU, set up rematch

PIONEER PRESS: Fighting Sioux name, logo out of sight, not out of mind

PIONEER PRESS: Lucia can handle pressure of coaching at Minnesota

GRAND FORKS HERALD: No name, no problem for UND

GRAND FORKS HERALD: UND-WMU notebook

GRAND FORKS HERALD: UND goes as its goalie goes

GRAND FORKS HERALD: UND keeps focus on ice, not jerseys

INSIDECOLLEGEHOCKEY.com: Old foes to meet again

USCHO.com: Gophers show scoring depth

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.com: North Dakota survives physical battle

COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.com: Minnesota stays hot on Saturday nights

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UMD

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE: UMD rallies after Maine's hot start

INSIDECOLLEGEHOCKEY.com: Defending champs, perennial power to meet today

BOSTON.com: UMD sends Maine packing

BOSTON.com: BC holds off Air Force

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