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COLLEGE HOCKEY: Ferris, Minnesota State make tourney

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INDIANAPOLIS — Minnesota received the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s hockey tournament while the WCHA will be represented in the 16-team field by Ferris State and Minnesota State.

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Ferris (28-10-3) was seeded second in the Midwest Regional and drew No. 3 Colgate (20-13-5) in its tournament opener. That game will be 3:30 p.m. (CDT) on March 28 in Cincinnati.

If Ferris wins its opener it will battle either Wisconsin or North Dakota in the second round.

Minnesota State (26-13-1) was ranked third in the Northeast Region and will tangle with No. 2 Lowell (25-10-4) 6:30 p.m. on March 29 in Worcester, Mass. A victory would advance the Mavericks to the quarterfinals and a game against either Boston College or Denver.

Minnesota (25-6-6) will play its West Regional opener March 29 at the Xcel Center in St. Paul and the Gophers drew Robert Morris (19-17-5). The other first-round game in the West sees Notre Dame (23-14-2) battling St. Cloud (21-10-5).

In the East Regional openers March 28 at Bridgeport, Conn., No. 1 Union (28-6-4) faces Vermont (20-14-3) at 1 p.m. and second seeded Quinnipiac (24-9-6) will meet Providence (21-10-6) at 4:30 p.m.

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Pioneer staff reports
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