Minnesota earns its first total Quantity One seeding since 2014, the final time they made a championship sport look.
No. 1 ranked Minnesota will journey to Fargo to play towards 16-seed Cansius on Thursday at 8 p.m. Central Commonplace Time within the first spherical of the 2023 NCAA Males’s Hockey Match.
Gophers defenseman Mike Koster mentioned the workforce hasn’t earlier than performed in a regional this near dwelling, with the opposite three regionals enjoying out east.
“I don’t look an excessive amount of into that, clearly it’s a spot that a whole lot of guys are aware of whether or not enjoying in youth or juniors up there,” he mentioned.
If victorious, they may tackle the winner of two acquainted foes on Saturday. Eight-seed and NCHC convention champion, St. Cloud State, or 9-seed and CCHA convention champion, Minnesota State-Mankato.
“We really feel prefer it’s a reasonably thrilling bracket,” ahead Mason Nevers mentioned. “Canisius is a superb workforce, they’re coming in on a sizzling streak … simply received a championship. It’s onerous to look a lot additional than that, our entire mindset is simply Canisius proper now, however three Minnesota groups is a whole lot of enjoyable.”
The Gophers are 1-1 towards every Minnesota-based workforce this season. They cut up a home-and-home collection in early October versus Mankato, successful 4-1 at Mariucci Area and dropping 3-2 down south.
The Gophers additionally cut up a home-and-home collection in early January versus St. Cloud, dropping 3-0 at Herb Brooks Nationwide Hockey Heart and successful 2-1 at Mariucci Area courtesy of a Logan Cooley game-winning purpose with 18.8 seconds remaining in 3-on-3 time beyond regulation.
“I’ll be sincere, I’ve been in so many of those tournaments … it’s simply loopy,” head coach Bob Motzko mentioned on his Minnesota-filled area. “Possibly in my youthful days, I used to be extra into the the place and the who … you simply wish to be there. Ought to be nice crowds.”
Canisius (Atlantic Hockey Champion)
St. Cloud State (NCHC Champion)
Minnesota State-Mankato (CCHA Champion)
Boston (Hockey East Champion)
3 Michigan (Huge Ten Champion)
Colgate (ECAC Champion)