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Gophers, Bulldogs earn spots in NCAA Men's Hockey bracket

20 March, 2017, 04:20 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • Gophers men's hockey gets a No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament

The Gophers will play Notre Dame in a first round game Saturday at 2:30 PM and the victor will advance to play the victor of UMass-Lowell and Cornell on Sunday for a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. The Bulldogs (No. 2 overall seed and 25-6-7 on the season) will play Ohio State on March 24 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. But the Irish have had some success in Manchester, beating Merrimack and New Hampshire on their way to the 2011 Frozen Four. Gophers coach Don Lucia is a Notre Dame alum.

This is year four for head coach Steve Rohlik as Ohio State head coach and the Buckeyes have shown steady improvement during his run with the team.

The Buckeyes are back in the NCAA Hockey Tournament after a multi-year absence.

The Irish and Gophers most recently met on November 6-7, 2015, when Notre Dame hosted Minnesota for a weekend series. The team is also 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament as the Maroon & Gold defeated Notre Dame 5-2 in the 2004 at an NCAA regional.

We already know at least 12 teams are all but guaranteed to make the tournament: Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Harvard, Western Michigan, Minnesota, Boston University, University of Massachussetts-Lowell, Union, North Dakota, Cornell, Penn State, and Notre Dame essentially locked up berths before conference finals this weekend.

The Midwest and East regionals will begin on Friday with Regional Finals on Saturday, while the West and Northeast regionals will begin on Saturday with the Regional Finals on Sunday.

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