Minnesota Duluth reports about 1,400 tickets remaining for each game of the WCHA playoff home series with St. Cloud State on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, if needed, at Amsoil Arena. Tickets are $20. A limited number of bleacher seats in the student section are available at $7, which must be purchased at the UMD ticket office on campus.
Tickets can be purchased at UMD and the DECC at 726-8595 or (800) 745-3000, and ticketmaster.com. UMD’s students go on break after classes Friday.
A link to purchasing tickets is here.
UMD’s Scott Sandelin and St. Cloud State’s Bob Motzko are reporting no injuries for the series. The Bulldogs had a video session Tuesday, but were given the day off from on-ice practice, the norm for this time of season to give the players some rest. Motzko said his team has taken Mondays off the last five weeks.
St. Cloud State won 8-2 and tied 3-3 at Amsoil Arena just a month ago, yet Motzko said those games are in the past.
“That 8-2 game was an aberration, it happens to all of us. It has zero bearing on this series; it was just a freakish night,” Motzko said Tuesday.
To get to the NCAA 16-team field, No. 20-ranked St. Cloud must win the WCHA playoff tournament. It’s likely No. 10 UMD will need to win the first-round series with the Huskies in order to be chosen for the Division I tournament.
To keep up on St. Cloud State this week, check out the blog Husky Hockey Time here.
U.S. College Hockey’s Jayson Moy has Bracketology here.
Sixty Minutes Bracketology is here.
Todd Milewski of U.S. College Hockey Online details North Dakota’s dominating WCHA regular-season championship performance here.
Minnesota State-Mankato is headed to Denver for the first round of the WCHA playoffs — by bus. The Purple Mavs are hoping to get to the WCHA Final Five for the first time since 2003 as detailed in a Mankato Free Press column by Shane Frederick here.
Many hockey folks were surprised at the NCAA quarterfinal selections for the Division I women’s tournament especially UMD going to Wisconsin.
UMD tied for No. 5 in the PairWise Rankings and Wisconsin is No. 1. It seemed to make more sense to send No. 8 Dartmouth to No. 1 Wisconsin.
Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson talks about the NCAA tournament on the school’s athletic website here.
Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal takes the NCAA to task in a column here.