The first game of the 2011 NCAA tournament is just two days away — Minnesota Duluth meeting Union College of Schenectady, N.Y., in the East Regional semifinals at 2 p.m. CDT in Bridgeport, Conn.
That game kicks-off the four-region, 16-team event. Top-seed Yale plays the Air Force Academy in the East Regional’s second game at 5:30 p.m.
UMD is to take a charter flight Wednesday afternoon to Connecticut and have practice Thursday morning at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
The News Tribune reviews a record-setting season for first-time NCAA entrant Union College here.
The Albany (N.Y.) Times Union takes a quick look at Union’s rise in Division I since moving up in 1991 here.
Analysis of the NCAA pairings are available at a few places.
College Hockey News has a tournament look here.
U.S. College Hockey Online has a final regular-season poll here.
UMD winger Jack Connolly blogs about his team’s preparations this week here.
According to the Denver Post, the state of Colorado is feeling mighty proud about having three entrants in the Division I tournament — Colorado College, Denver and Air Force — more than any other state. That blog posting is here.