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UND headed to Worcester to play Yale in NCAA tournament

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UND headed to Worcester to play Yale in NCAA tournament
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ST. PAUL - The UND men's hockey team will head to Worcester, Mass., to take on the nation's top-scoring offense in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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The Sioux, winners in 12 of their last 13 games and a No. 2 seed, will take on third-seeded Yale in the first round at 4 p.m. Saturday in DCU Center. The other teams in Worcester are No. 1 seed Boston College and No. 4 seed Alaska-Fairbanks.

TV details have not yet been released.

Yale is the country's only team averaging more than 4 goals per game. The 20-9-3 Bulldogs have four players averaging more than a point per game, led by junior forward Broc Little, who leads the country in goals per game (26 in 32 games). Teammate Sean Backman ranks third nationally in goals per game (21 in 29).

The Bulldogs make their mark on the power play, where they are converting at 23.5 percent - second-best in the country.

It will be a contrast of strengths. UND has the fourth-best scoring defense in the country and the sixth-best penalty kill.

The Sioux (25-12-5) are making their eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance - the longest streak among Western College Hockey Association teams.

Other WCHA teams in this tournament are Wisconsin (No. 1 seed in St. Paul), St. Cloud State (No. 2 seed in St. Paul) and Denver (No. 1 seed in Albany, N.Y.).

The Sioux won the Broadmoor Trophy on Saturday night, beating St. Cloud State 5-3 in the championship.

For more, including reaction from UND coach Dave Hakstol, read Monday's Herald.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- EAST REGIONAL

1-Denver vs. 4-RIT, 2 p.m. Friday, ESPNU

2-Cornell vs. 3-New Hampshire, 5:30 p.m. Friday, ESPNU

Championship -- 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

ST. PAUL -- WEST REGIONAL

2-St. Cloud State vs. 3-Northern Michigan, 4:30 p.m. Friday, ESPNU syndication

1-Wisconsin vs. 4-Vermont, 8 p.m. Friday, ESPNU

Championship -- 8 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

WORCESTER -- NORTHEAST REGIONAL

1-Boston College vs. 4-Alaska Fairbanks, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN syndication

2-North Dakota vs. 3-Yale, 4 p.m. Saturday, ESPN syndication

Championship -- 4:30 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU

FORT WAYNE, IND. -- MIDWEST REGIONAL

1-Miami vs. 4-Alabama Huntsville, 3 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

2-Bemidji State vs. 3-Michigan, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN syndication

Championship -- 7 p.m., ESPNU

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Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 11th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2014, he was named one of the top three beat writers in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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