UND makes 20th trip to the NCAA Frozen Four


David L. Dodds

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UND makes 20th trip to the NCAA Frozen Four

One of the last teams into the 2014 NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Tournament is among the last four still standing -- the Frozen Four, if you will.

The University of North Dakota hockey team punched its ticket to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia, with a thrilling double-over time win over the Ferris State Bulldogs in the championship game of the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Cincinnati on Saturday night.

UND joins its longtime arch rival, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, as well as the Boston College Eagles and Union College Dutchmen in the Frozen Four Tournament.

In fact, UND will face-off against Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. CDT, in a Thursday, April 10 semi-final matchup for the right to play the Union College-Boston College winner for the national championship on April 12.

Incredible run

After a series of hard-fought battles in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference first-round playoffs and conference tournament, UND still needed help to get into the NCAA tournament. UND got the assist it was looking for after a come from behind University of Wisconsin overtime victory over Ohio State in the Big 10 Conference championship.

UND hasn't looked back since. It proceeded to thank Wisconsin by beating them in the semi-final game of the Midwest Regional before stunning Ferris State a night later.

UND now finds itself as the only four seed that has made it this far in NCAA tournament gauntlet. The other teams in the Frozen Four field are No. 1 seeds.

David Dodds University & Public Affairs writer

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