NCAA tournament one day away: Minnesota returns to Grand Rapids, Mich.

The last time the University of Minnesota was in Grand Rapids, Mich., the Gophers were  two-time defending NCAA champions. Minnesota was eliminated in the Midwest title game, losing to Minnesota Duluth 3-1 on March 28, 2004.

Minnesota is back at Van Andel Arena on Friday to face Yale in the opening round of the West Regional, while North Dakota faces Niagara in the second game. The final is Saturday.

Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune takes a look at the 2013 Gophers in a story here.

Minnesota opens against Yale and the New Haven (Conn.) Register has a feature on the Bulldogs here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a West Regional preview here.

The Niagara (N.Y.) Gazette has a preview on the Purple Eagles here.

U.S. College Hockey Online also previews the Northeast Regional, which includes Wisconsin and Denver, in a story here.

The Wisconsin State Journal has a story on Wisconsin’s power play here.

In Saturday’s Midwest Regional, in Toledo, Ohio, Notre Dame faces St. Cloud State. The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune has a Notre Dame update here.

The St. Cloud Times features senior defenseman Taylor Johnson here.

And in Toledo, Miami of Ohio (in an eighth straight NCAA tournament) faces Minnesota State-Mankato (with no NCAA wins). The Oxford (Ohio) Press has a Miami update here.

The Mankato Free Press looks at Mankato and Miami here.

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