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UPDATED: Game time set for UND-Denver game at NCHC Frozen Faceoff

North Dakota and Denver will meet in the playoffs once again.

After playing to a monotonous tie in last year's National Collegiate Hockey Conference third-place game and a down-to-the-wire thriller in the NCAA Frozen Four, the two teams are set to meet again Friday in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

This NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinal matchup will be at 7:38 p.m. Friday (CBS Sports Network).

Minnesota Duluth will meet Western Michigan in the other semifinal at 4:08 p.m. Friday. Western Michigan advanced in the league's only Game 3 of the first round, beating Omaha in overtime on Sunday night.

UND and Denver only played one series during the regular season—Nov. 11-12 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The teams tied 1-1 on Friday night and the Pioneers won the series finale 3-2.

Both teams will enter the Frozen Faceoff playing well.

UND has won four straight games and five of the last six, surging into NCAA tournament contention. The Fighting Hawks may have to win one game in the Frozen Faceoff to get into the NCAA tournament for a 15th consecutive season.

Denver, meanwhile, is comfortably in the tournament and will be a No. 1 seed. The Pioneers have won 13 consecutive games. Their last loss was Jan. 20, a 3-2 overtime defeat against St. Cloud State.

Denver has only allowed more than three goals one time this season—and it won that game.

The NCHC championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday (CBS Sports Network). The third-place game will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (NCHC.tv).

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Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer 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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