This UND fan blogger talks about how North Dakota travels and yes, that series win was huge for the financial viability of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
North Dakota may need to win the Frozen Faceoff in order to advance to the NCAAs for the 12th straight season.
The Big 10 tournament is this weekend and I will be curious to see how much attention the NCHC gets outside the four school’s beat writers/local TV stations with Minnesota in the other tourney.
This is a good weekend for Colorado-based college hockey fans with good cable TV packages with Thursday Big 10 games and a lot to watch on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy it. Here are the western leagues’ brackets:
Target Center, Minneapolis
All time MT
TV: CBS Sports Network
3:08 p.m., No. 6 Denver vs. No. 5 Western Michigan
6:38 p.m., No. 8 Miami vs. No. 2 North Dakota
2:38 p.m., third-place game (NCHC video stream only)
6:38 p.m., championship
Big Ten Tournament
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
All times MT
1 p.m., No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 3 Michigan
6 p.m., No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Ohio State
1 p.m., Michigan/PSU winner vs. No. 2 Wisconsin
6 p.m., OSU/MSU winner vs. No. 1 Minnesota
Saturday (no third-place game)
6 p.m., semifinal winners
WCHA Final Five
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.
All times MT
TV: FS North
12:07 p.m., No. 3 Bowling Green State vs. No. 2 Minnesota State
5:07 p.m., No. 4 Alaska-Anchorage vs. No. 1 Ferris State
5:07 p.m., semifinal winners